Can anyone rival Federer in 2018?

Roger Federer rolled back the years winning his 20th Grand Slam title when he lifted the Australian Open crown just days ago but already people are talking about what the current  No. 2 could achieve over the course of the rest of 2018. Many have labelled the 36-year-old as the greatest male tennis player of all time for a number of years, and even more so after victory in Australia. But will anyone be able to rival him over the course of the year or will he once again be the dominant force?

Many people had written Federer off, especially in 2016 when he shut down for the second half of the year. This, in the eyes of many, shows just how remarkable Federer has been since. He’s won three Grand Slam titles in just over a year and is proving that age is no barrier. He was around when the likes of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi were playing and he still has the ability to mix it with the likes of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic today. This sets him apart right now.

Federer knows his limitations, he knows that he’s no longer in his prime and when approaching tournaments he has said himself that in no way should a 36-year-old be declared as favourite. However, he looks after himself healthwise, staying fit but taking breaks when necessary. Federer has struck the balance of training, competing and resting and this has allowed him to in some ways keep up with the younger crowd.

You could say that Federer’s success in his younger days came through an unbelievable ability to play tennis. Federer is one of, if not the most naturally gifted tennis player of all time, and this is what has taken him right to the top and seen him stay there for a number of years. However, Federer’s success now is determined on discipline. Discipline to look after himself, to train and to rest. It is this discipline which is driving him through his twilight years in the sport, and this has seen him topple a lot of younger players who lack that necessary mental toughness in some way. 2018 has started in great fashion for Federer and it could certainly be a superb year for the Swiss.

However, he is going to face stiff competition over the course of the season no doubt, especially from those slightly younger than him who will have the fitness to go the distance in tournaments. The likes of Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov will all be hoping to pick up some Grand Slam wins in 2018 and this could be at Federer’s expense. Federer and tennis fans can check out all the latest news and betting opportunities at the home of online betting:, especially if you fancy placing a bet on the Swiss player winning at Wimbledon.

You can’t write Federer off though as he looks to pick and choose the events he plays at. This means he should be far more durable than expected over the course of the year and as fit as those he ends up facing at tournaments. If he can stay injury free, fit and disciplined over the next 12 months, there’s no reason why he can’t yet bag further Grand Slam glory.

Provided article written by Hans Peter Fritz who studied journalism at the at the University of Stellenbosch.

The Best Of The Australian Open

JANUARY 29 — The Australian Open is over for another year but what a tournament it was. There were comebacks and upsets, but the one thing that really stood out was Roger Federer and his status as potentially the greatest tennis player of all time. He managed to lift an unbelievable 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne, proving that he’s still got it and that age is indeed no issue. The tournament itself was full of highs and lows, so let’s take a look at some of the best bits.

Apart from Federer’s success, you could say that the real winner in Melbourne was women’s tennis itself. When it came to the best matches throughout the tournament, they were mostly women’s singles and Simona Halep’s win over Lauren Davis was the potentially the stand out tie. Halep won 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 even after being triple match points down in what was the longest women’s match of the whole tournament. Davis excelled and was at the top of her game, but Halep just had the edge.

There has to be a special mention for Caroline Wozniacki too. At one point in the final set against Jana Fett in the second round she trailed 5-1 and 40-15, but she remarkably managed to save both match points; and went on to win six games in a row. She also produced a stunning cross-court backhand against Simona Halep in the final, earning herself match point, which she went on to duly take winning the women’s singles.

There were some great newcomers to the tournament too and at just 15 years old, Marta Kostyuk became the youngest ever player to win a game at the Australian Open. She beat Peng Shuai in the first round, who was 25th seed and then went on to beat Olivia Rogowska. She unfortunately lost to her fellow countrywoman, Elina Svitolina, in the next round but it could be the start of a great career for Kostyuk.

It was again a disappointing tournament for Rafael Nadal as he was forced to retire in the final set of his quarter final match against Marin Cilic. It was a hip injury which forced the Spaniard to withdraw and you could say that tournaments feel a bit less special without Nadal still in them.

Britain’s hopes in the men’s singles relied on Kyle Edmonds with Andy Murray out due to injury and he did superbly well to reach the semifinals. Edmonds beat No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov in the quarters with arguably his best performance over the course of the two weeks and in doing so became the only other British man to reach the semis at the Australian Open for 41 years, alongside Andy Murray.

All in all it was a really great tournament which saw women’s tennis really shine and prove just how entertaining it is. The Australian Open of 2018 really belongs to Roger Federer though as he once again takes the plaudits and deservedly so. A 20th Grand Slam title is no mean feat, especially when people felt his best days were behind him. However, Federer fans will expecting more from the Swiss player; with renowned sports betting sites like Unibet already having him as the 7/4 favourite to win at Wimbledon. There is no doubt the Australian Open has set the bar for 2018, and fans will hope this year will be one of the most memorable in the tennis world.

Provided article written by Hans Peter Fritz who studied journalism at the at the University of Stellenbosch.

Djokovic struggling to fire at Indian Wells

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Novak Djokovic admits he was not at his best as he overcame a slow start against Grigor Dimitrov to maintain his unbeaten record in 2013 and advance to the last 16 of the BNP Paribas Open.

The world number one went into the first ATP Masters 1000 event of the season at Indian Wells in stunning form and entirely dominant in the online tennis betting odds with Titan Bet. He began the year by winning a third successive Australian Open before lifting the 36th title of his career at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Djokovic dropped a set in his victory over Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the second round and he carried that indifferent form into Tuesday’s tie with Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian stormed into a 4-1 lead and had the opportunity to serve for the opening set at 5-3. However, disaster struck for the 21-year-old as he threw the chance away with four double-faults.

Djokovic exploited the weakness shown by Dimitrov to take control of the match, eventually winning 7-6 (7-4) 6-1. The six-time Grand Slam champion was pleased to get through a scrappy match unscathed.

“It was not really a beautiful match to watch. There were a lot of unforced errors and we both looked quite sluggish on the court, very slow,” Djokovic said.

“In these kinds of matches, where both of us don’t feel so dynamic on the court, I knew that experience would kick in and can be decisive. That’s actually what happened.”

The victory over Dimitrov extended Djokovic’s unbeaten run to 20 matches. He has not tasted defeat since he was shocked by Sam Querrey in the second round of the Paris Masters in October.

The Serbian will be determined to set the record straight when he faces the American, who progressed with a three-set win over Marinko Matosevic, in the fourth round.

Online Betting From Your Home, Including Tennis


Betting in an online casino has become much more common with the boom in online betting. Whether you want to play games in Australia to an online casino UK, then you will find a range of websites to play your favourite games on such as roulette, poker and slot machines. Due to the convenience, the fact that you don’t have to dress up or step out of your house, and the fact that not everyone has a land based casino nearby, more and more people are turning to the internet to place their bets.

You also have a choice between playing online straight from the browser, or downloading betting software to enjoy at your own leisure. Sports are very popular when it comes to betting and events such as in the world of tennis occur all year round.

Some of the bigger championship events such as Wimbledon are good events to bet on because they are the largest in that sporting world. When placing a bet on an upcoming tennis match, a good tip is to do your research.

Knowing who the favourites are, whether they have had any injuries recently and other small details such as if they perform better on certain surfaces than others, are all good things to know before you place a bet. It allows you to make a more informed decision and obviously gives you a better chance of winning!

Also remember, every top tennis player was new once, and you can expect new ones to come through all the time to throw a spanner in the works just when you thought the favourite who has won five years in a row was going to clinch it for the sixth time! In tennis there are a few different types of bets you can place, but the most common ones are the straight up bet, where you bet on the outcome of the match, and also the over/under, which is a bet on how many sets you think the match will last.

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Nadal’s Pain is Rivals Gain


With 11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal absent from another Grand Slam, all eyes will be on the top three in the Australian Open odds.