|Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:52|
Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, two of tennis’ most well known players, and this week only one advances in the Australian Open of Tennis. So who let his fans down this past weekend?
Andy Roddick. He lost to the 19th seeded Stanislas Wawrinka at 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, in a fourth round loss. Roddick came into Melbourne Park, Australia as the 8th seed this year, and was the last American left in the tourney. The girls are all gone too, even Venus Williams only lasted 7 points before she limped off the courts with a bad hip. She struggled to a 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-4 second-round win over Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic.
But it’s looking better for Roger Federer, as the defending champ took down Gilles Simon in the second round this Wednesday. The final was 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3. Because Simon had won the previous two meetings with Federer, naturally the champ was nervous coming in, and many betting on tennis believed that the Federer would be out before round three. However, he made fans smile when he broke Simon’s service in the 6th game of the deciding set. Meanwhile, Roger Federer equaled Jimmy Connors' Open era mark by reaching his 27th straight quarterfinal at a major, beating Tommy Robredo, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Sportsbook lists the following stats when betting on tennis.
Clijsters is the minus 145 favorite vs. Zvonareva, Djokovic is the plus 190 underdog vs. Federer, Murray is minus 400 vs. Ferrer.
In other tennis records, Francesca Schiavone won the longest women's match in Grand Slam history -- a 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 4 hours, 44 minutes. Also going down this week in Tennis, top-ranked Rafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 23 matches, beating American qualifier Ryan Sweeting, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1, today to reach the third round. On the women's side, third-seeded Kim Clijsters cruised into the third round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory today over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. Jelena Jankovic, the No. 7 seed and former world No. 1 from Serbia, became the first top-10 seed to fall, losing, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, to China's Peng Shuai.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.