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Nadal wins his eighth French Open

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer to make history and win the French Open for the eighth time. The Spaniard Nadal took the game in straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-3 to cement his name in the list of tennis greats and dominance of the tournament. Online betting operators would have probably preferred for a Nadal vs Djokovic Final, but no doubt Ferrer did make Nadal work for every point and was a worthy opponent on the day.

The game started off pretty nervously, as both players made mistakes as they tried to settle their nerves. Nadal chasing a history making eighth French Open title and David Ferrer at his first major final at the tender age of 31! But Nadal’s experience and strong shots gave him the confidence, and the only distraction to his game was in the form of a spectator invading the court.

The stats of the game just reflects Nadal’s dominance of the match and indeed the tournament. He hit five aces, got 70% of first serves, won 70& of his forst serves and only served two double faults. David fell short of these numbers, only hit one ace, served  five double faults, and only won 58% of his first serves.

Nadal has now surpassed all the greats at Roland Garros, with the most wins by any player. He now sits on top of players like Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Bill Tilden, and Richard Sears. This is also his 12th major title, which takes Nadal past the great Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver!

 

 

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Betting in Play fans thank Murray

andy murray

 

Andy Murray’s win at the Sony Open in Miami was filled with thrills and excitement made only better under the extreme heat and determination of the 25 year old Scotsman. Andy not only showed his physical superiority, but his ever improving mental toughness. Andy lost the first five games of the match and any betting in play fans who had the courage and faith to take advantage of the prices going out on him ever getting the title were generously rewarded at the end of the match.

The win takes Murray into the World Number two spot, and will now allow him to focus all his attention on familiarising himself with the clay court surface, which by his own admission is his worst surface. What makes it even more a daunting prospect is that it has nearly been a year since the young man has played on the surface in any competitive tournament. However, he goes into the clay court season filled with confidence and the knowledge that he can improve.

The French Open sees him genrally placed in third favourite spot after Nadal and Djokovic being favourite and second favourite respectively. In spite of Nadal’s injury and being out for the best part of eight months, his impressive return to the game with him reaching four finals and winning three of those , deservedly makes him the bookies favourite. This is especially the case, when looking back at his record, Nadal has won the French Open seven times so far in his career!

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