The game of tennis has a scoring system which guarantees that either player still has a chance of winning until the last point has been scored, and that also opens up a large number of possibilities for sports betting. A match is divided into sets, each one of which is won by the first player to reach six games, providing they are two games or more in front of their opponent – i.e. 6-3. Each individual game is scored 15,30,40,game, and again, the winning player has to be two points ahead. The scoring system is such that it is possible for a player to win the most points or games in a match, but still lose the match overall.
At first glance betting on which player is likely to be the winner of the first set seems pretty similar to betting on a player to win the match. After all, Roger Federer would be a pretty safe bet to win most of the first sets he plays, and then go on to win the matches themselves. Finding value bets on the player to win the first set, however, means studying the wealth of player statistics which are available. A particular player may have a habit of starting matches extremely strongly, for example, and so wins most of their first sets without necessarily going on to win the match itself. The odds on a player such as this may be more generous, as they don’t have the match winning pedigree of other players. Similarly, some players develop a reputation for not being able to close matches out, and a strategy to adopt in these cases may be to bet on a player to win the first set and then lay a bet on them to lose the match.
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