Andy Roddick will be eargerly anticipating his opening clash with Rafael Nadal on Monday nightt, the American beat Nadal earlier in the year and the Spaniard enters the tournament with a troublesome shoulder injury.
Nadal hasn’t played for five and a half weeks due to various troubles, and Roddick will be hoping to catch the Spaniard cold and cause a massive upset – Roddick is 2/1 to beat Nadal.
Roddick missed this event last year due to injury but Nadal entered as the world number one and subsequently lost all three of his round robin games.
That win for Roddick earlier in the year was his third over Nadal, the Spaniard has beaten Roddick five times, but all three of Roddick’s wins have come on a hard court, the same court they will play on in London.
World number one Nadal is as big as 11/4 to win in London this week and has Roger Federer and, surprisingly, Andy Murray ahead of him in the betting.
Normally Nadal would be shorter than his 4/11 to beat Roddick, but due to his absence from the court, the ATP betting market prices Nadal cautiously as doubts remain over his shoulder injury.
On only two occasions has the loser picked up a set in the eight games that these two have played, and a 2-0 victory for Roddick is priced at 4/1.
Nadal is 1/1 to beat Roddick in straight sets, but when Nadal doesn’t inspire confidence in the betting market, it’s usually a sign to stay away from the Spaniard.
Roddick is a big price at 5/1 to top Group A and should he win on Monday evening, that price will become a lot shorter.
A £10 stake on Roddick to win an epic three set battle with Nadal would return £55. See the full ATP World Tour Finals London betting odds here.