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2013 Wimbledon Preview

So Wimbledon has lost one of the biggest stars on the men’s draw, with 2013 French Open Champion Rafael Nadal taking a shock early exit in Round One, losing to inspired Belgian Steve Darcis. What does that mean for the rest of the Men’s draw? Well not too much really, because pretty much everyone was calling Wimbledon a bridge too far on his comeback and massive efforts at the French Open. Let’s not forget that the top four seeds are still in the tournament and things are still heavily in favour of Novak Djokovic because of the draw.

The Serbian world number one remains outright favourite at 11/10 favouritism over the rest of the field, and that will naturally stay at least until the semi final stage. Why? Because if the rest of the draw does continue to go to plan, then there is the potential of a Roger Federer v Andy Murray clash coming there in the opposite half of the draw. Given Djokovic’s supremacy over both of them over the past couple of years, the Serbian really does hold all the aces. Even against Murray being backed by the home support in London? Yes, because with that, there comes extra pressure as shown by how poorly Murray performed in last season’s final. All Nadal’s early exit means is that the quarter he was in with Federer becomes easier to predict.

With Serena Williams a somewhat crazy short price in the Women’s draw as favourite, there actually may be value in there. Ahead of the first round, Maria Sharapova out at 5/1 for second favourite and Victoria Azarenka at 10/1 behind the odds-on favouritism of Williams who was around 4/9, there is perhaps value in just having a long shot on the other two. Potentially one of them will be going up against Williams (who is going for her sixth title) in the Wimbledon final. But there is just in general, not a tremendous amount of value in the outright markets.

So, there is a better market option for your 2013 Wimbledon Tennis betting than the outright market for either draw. Your options are always much wider open than picking a winner. You can look at quarter betting, and tremendously valuable in-play markets which get opened up after the first ball of a match is served up. But one great fixed market is the Stage of Elimination which can be found at your bookmaker.

For example, while Andy Murray will be heavily backed, but not the favourite to win outright, you can take odds of 5/2 on him to finish as Runner Up, to exit at the semi final stage. There is positive odds for even Novak Djokovic in the Stage of Elimination. While you can fetch in around 5/4 for him as winner, there is coverage at 9/4 for a runner up spot at Wimbledon this year. This really could be a valuable market for Roger Federer, who is a 2/1 shot to exit at the semi final stage. That could likely be at the hands of Andy Murray, who he beat in last year’s final, but lost to in the final of the Olympics.

This is a great alternative to picking the outright winner, because you can still pick up some profit on the top players, even if they don’t win. So if Maria Sharapova doesn’t win for example, you can actually pick up some profit on her not doing so. She has a terrible head to head record against Williams for example, and she could potentially meet Victoria Azarenka in the semi’s too, so Sharapova to lose in the semi finals fetching odds of 2/1 actually could be quite profitable, rather than backing her as a 5/1 shot to take the title. So this is an alternative way of looking at your Wimbledon Tennis betting,  you can still be a winner on a loser.

So don’t be afraid to expand your tennis betting options for Wimbledon 2013.

Tipsters Best Tips Maria Sharapova Stage of Elimination – Final 2/1 @ WilliamHill

Victoria Azarenka Stage of Elimination – Semi Final  2/1 @ WilliamHill

Roger Federer Stage of Elimination – Semi Final 2/1 @ WilliamHill