ATP World Tour final repeat of Wimbledon with Djokovic v Federer
Roger Federer is 2-1 up on world number one Novak Djokovic in hard court battles this season, but their most memorable contest in 2014 came on Wimbledon’s hallowed grass.
Serbia tennis ace Djokovic won a five-set thriller at the All England Club, and is a strong odds-on 1/4 favourite with Coral to beat 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer in the ATP World Tour final at London’s O2 Arena.
A better 4/5 price is available on Djokovic beat the Swiss sporting icon in straight sets. Punters should note, however, there is a maximum stake of £25 on this special bet for the final.
Federer, meanwhile, is a 3/1 outsider to take a seventh ATP World Tour title. Having dispatched Djokovic in straight sets back at the Shanghai Masters on this surface, odds of 6/1 for a repeat performance from the Swiss are generous.
There are no easy matches at the ATP World Tour finals, so punters should pay little heed to who Federer and Djokovic have played en route to this latest encounter.
What may interest you, however, is that Federer saved four match points in his semi-final with compatriot Stan Wawrinka before taking the deciding set on a tiebreak.
“I got lucky,” said Federer. “Stan played better from the baseline and that usually does the job on this court. But I kept fighting.”
More of the same will be needed against Djokovic, but how much will that Wawrinka fightback have taken out of Federer? His opponent did not have his semi all his own way either, though.
Djokovic dropped a set against rising Japanese star Kei Nishikori but, unlike Federer, breezed through the others. This, coupled with the advantage of playing his match first means the Serb will be more rested.
Punter should not underestimate that extra recovery time for Djokovic, and that is why an outlay on a straight sets win makes for an attractive prospect.