Novak Djokovic is in a league of his own in men’s tennis at the moment and SkyBet may regret offering odds of +500 about him winning an ATP Tour match 6-0 6-0 this year.
Djokovic made hard work of beating Gilles Simon 6-3 6-7 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the Australian Open men’s singles fourth round but he was brilliant against both Kei Nishikori and Roger Federer in the next two rounds before proving too good for an Andy Murray who imploded on the big stage once again.
For years the men’s tennis world spoke about the Big Four of Federer, Murray, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic but the reality is that there is a Big One in 2016 and it is the man whom his locker-room peers know as Djoker. Djokovic has won five of the last seven major men’s singles tournaments and, with French Open maestro Nadal clearly on his last legs following an exhausting career, this year looks likely to be the one when the Serb breaks his Roland Garros duck at the 12th attempt – he has finished the Paris runner-up three times.
Betfair is listing odds of +450 about Djokovic winning all four Grand Slam men’s singles titles in 2016, thereby becoming only the eighth man to win all of them at any time and just the third man to win all of them in the same year. However, punters who fancy Djokovic to join Don Budge and Rod Laver in membership of men’s tennis premier club would be better off backing him to win each of the three remaining major events – the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open – individually. One is confident that the multiplied odds would, even allowing for the trimming of Djokovic in London and New York if he manages to win in Paris, beat Betfair’s special odds of +450 .
If one is looking to lock in a Djokovic exotic wager that will, at the very worst, provide nine months of punting interest then SkyBet’s odds of +500 about the Djoker posting an ATP Tour double bagel is the way to go.
Djokovic won 12 sets without dropping a game across all men’s singles competitions in 2015, including thrashing Marin Cilic 6-0 6-1 6-2 in the US Open semi-finals. Also, Djokovic won 33 sets by a score of 6-1, including four matches in which the first two sets ended 6-1 6-1. So Djokovic was not a million miles away from registering a 6-0 6-0 victory last year and, if anything, he looks set to dominate men’s tennis even more completely this year.
According to the record books, Djokovic has one 6-0 6-0 ATP Tour men’s singles win to his credit – he humiliated Jan Hernych in Basel seven years ago – but another four times he has won back-to-back sets 6-0 in Grand Slam tournaments. And so well is Djokovic playing at the age of 28 that he may not even need a soft draw to land Sky Bet’s highlighted wager.
There has been at least one double bagel on the ATP Tour every year since 2011, with Sergiy Stakhovsky smashing Mikhail Ledovskikh in the latest 10 months ago. If Jarkko Nieminen can post two ATP Tour double bagels in his career – he won only two career titles and his highest world ranking was 13th – then surely Djokovic, who could end up being the greatest player of all time, has another one in him as well.
Djokovic to win an ATP tour match 6-0 6-0 in 2016
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