The new tennis season has begun, but the old results continue as the stranglehold on men’s tennis by the top three players in the world shows no sign of being loosened anytime soon. Even the various arms of the media have stopped stretching for alternative winners beyond multiple Grand Slam holders Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, and although the cantankerous Murray is routinely and rightfully tossed into the shake-up, he is still much more of a prop rather than a main actor in the Men’ show that has been on a loop for some while.
Barring Del Potro’s shock come back over Federer to win the 2009 US Open, you have to go all the way back to burly Marat Safin’s 2005 Australian Open victory to find any Grand Slam silverware that is not going to be gathering dust in museums in Belgrade, Basle or Majorca at some point in the future. Such is the dominance of the top four players over the semi-final slots, the concept of pre-tournament betting in the big events has becoming increasingly useless for the casual punter. Djokovic, Federer, Murray and Nadal were on average priced at 11/8, 4/1, 5/1 and 6/1 respectively for the recent Melbourne Slam, however when they predictably met in the last four the prices only changed to 1/1, 3/1, 3/1 and 4/1.
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