Federer the Favorite in Wimbledon Final

Published July 6, 2008 by OCR Editor

Federer the Favorite in Wimbledon Final

Nadal aiming for third time lucky in Wimbledon finals against the world number one.

128 players, six knock-out rounds, and the usual end result: Federer vs Nadal in today's Wimbledon men's singles final. 

It's a familiar scenario for the Swiss world number one and his Spanish arch-rival, who meet in a grand slam final for the sixth time.  Despite being the lower-ranked of the two, Nadal has the edge 3-2 in grand slam finals, but here's the reason Federer is a hot favorite to win today: all of Nadal's wins have come on the clay courts at the French Open, where Federer exhibits his only weakness; Nadal has never beaten Federer on the grass courts of Wimbledon, where the Swiss maestro is aiming for a record-breaking sixth consecutive trophy.

Perhaps influenced by Federer's perceived drop in form this year, Ladbrokes UK has Federer only slightly ahead in the head-to-head match betting, placing him at 8/11 on the morning of the match against Nadal at evens.

With Venus Williams already claiming the ladies' singles over her sister Serena, all the betting is now focused solely on the men's final.

Accordingly, Ladbrokes and other bookmakers are offering a wide variety of bets.  For example, Federer is tipped to break serve first - 4/5 against Nadal's 10/11.  There are 2/5 odds on there being a tie break during the best of five sets final.  And the odds are stacked against there being more than six breaks of serve during the match, with under 6.5 breaks of serve carrying odds of 4/6.

Wimbledon is big business for the bookmakers, with over 450 million British pounds (around US$900 million) bet on the tournament last year.   As the amount of money bet on the event rises every year, this final between these two long-standing rivals will no doubt attract plenty of interest from punters all over the world.

See also

Federer, Murray on Course for Wimbledon Final

Wimbledon Men's Singles Final: Federer vs. Djokovic Battle of Giants

World's Best Tennis Players Meet in Wimbledon's Quarterfinals

Federer Still Wimbledon Favorite

Wimbledon Quarter Finals: Eight remain on the men's side

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