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Nadal supporters could get payoff

Times Staff Writer

Before Wimbledon began, most sportsbetting boards listed Roger Federer as the favorite and had Rafael Nadal listed at 4-1 odds to win the singles championships.

Definitely enticing betting numbers for Nadal, considering that he’s the No. 2-ranked player in the world.

So with Nadal coming off an impressive victory over Federer in this year’s French Open, a great deal of pre-Wimbledon wagers were made in support of the Spaniard.

That’s why you can expect those same sportsbetting houses to be rooting for Federer to win his sixth consecutive Wimbledon title today when he faces Nadal.

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Federer, who has been the world’s No. 1 player since February 2004, was listed at even odds before the start of the tournament. And, if Federer defeats Nadal today, he will become the first player to win six consecutive Wimbledon titles.

But sometimes, defending champions are overshadowed by underdog bets and support for Nadal has grown throughout the tournament.

And according to reports from England, one better placed $60,000 on Nadal to win the tournament before his victory over Rainer Schuettler in the semifinals.

In the latest odds for today’s match, Federer is listed at -150 odds and Nadal at +120.

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So for Nadal bettors, a victory will pay $120 instead of the $400 if the wager was made before the start of the tournament.

This is the third year in a row Federer and Nadal have met in the Wimbledon final and last year, Nadal extended the match to five sets before Federer won, 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2.

Here are side bets for today’s final: At Sportsbetting.com, Federer is listed at 4-1 to win in three sets; 11-4 to win in four sets; and 4-1 to win in five sets. Nadal is listed at 9-2 to win in three sets; 4-1 to win in four sets; and 4-1 to win in five sets.

Final add: Proposition wagers available for today’s final at Bodoglife.com: Will Federer win the first set? Yes (-140); Will Nadal win the first set? Yes (even).

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lonnie.white@latimes.com


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