This week in Tennis - November 16th

The World Tour Finals is under way in London as we speak. Yesterday wasn’t too eventful as Djokovic killed Nishikori and Federer also beat Berdych easily. Today we have one match that shouldn’t be too competitive as Murray should have his way with Ferrer but the second match will be a good one, Nadal is -155 to Wawrinka at +125. Even though Stan has been able to hang with the big boys for a few years now, he still doesn’t have the pedigree that the better players do. Nadal can beat you just by staring at you the wrong way. That doesn’t mean however that Stan doesn’t have a chance in this match, of course he does. The problem remains however who is in form and who is not. Rafa has been playing better tennis since the US Open then Stan so we give him a slight edge. At least this match will be close as Berdych and Nishi laid down yesterday and Ferrer doesn’t have the guns against Murray today and was dominated by him just last week.

We really wanted this year’s event to be very completive but the way the draw worked out and the way those 2 guys played yesterday its very simple it will be Roger and Novak on one side and Murray and the winner of today’s Nadal- Wawrinka match in the other Semi. Murray isn’t playing well enough right now to beat Roger and although Nadal has the game and brain to beat Novak on fast indoor courts its advantage Djokovic. The Final should be interesting but look for Djokovic to win another year end final. It may be a little early to make such a prediction but the way things look right now that’s the only way that you can go.

It looks like the Golden age recently of completive Men’s tennis is over. Roger has hung on; Rafa and Andy have fallen back. The new guys that showed so much promise recently like Nishi, Raonic and Dimitrov have taken as step back and are not quite ready for prime time as of yet. That leaves Djokovic to dominate the game for the next year or 2 until the new blood is ready. It may be even longer because he is only 28 and the jump from top 20 to top 5 is a huge jump and takes time. Look for Novak to dominate for the time being.

As far as making money which is why you are here, we are calling up America’s Bookie today and betting Nadal at -155. Enjoy the tennis guys.

By Glen Howe

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