Online Bettors Back Roger Federer Capturing Grand Slam - Thursday 18th of May 2006

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao The top-ranked player in the world, Roger Federer has won seven of the past 11 Grand Slam events on the ATP Tour distinguishing himself as one of the sport's all-time greats. After capturing three of the four Grand Slam tournaments in 2005 and already winning January's Australian Open, the talk of the tennis world is if this is the year Federer will join Rod Laver and Donald Budge as the only players in men's tennis history to complete the Grand Slam. Despite his lack of success against Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal on clay, as well as having history and the odds against him, 75% of bets placed to date at PinnacleSports.com back Federer capturing all four tournaments to complete men's tennis' first Grand Slam since 1969.

The Internet's largest sports betting site, PinnacleSports.com originally released odds on the number of Grand Slam tournaments won by Roger Federer in 2006 following his Australian Open win. Since then, bettors have flocked to the site to back Federer capturing all four major tennis championships, which currently stands at 11/2 odds. Despite immense Grand Slam backing, PinnacleSports.com lists the more likely scenarios of Federer winning three (3/2) or two (8/5) Grand Slam events as the favorites. The unlikeliest scenario is that the world's top ranked player will finish 2006 with only the Australian Open title under his belt, listed as a 7/1 long shot by Pinnacle Sportsbook.

Although Federer is a favorite in nearly every tournament he enters, PinnacleSports.com currently lists reigning French Open champion and clay court specialist Rafael Nadal, who has won a record-tying 53 matches on clay, as a 10/11 favorite at Roland Garros. Meanwhile, Federer is a solid contender at 2/1 to win his first French Open championship. PinnacleSports.com has also created a betting option on the world's top player winning his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title this summer and currently lists Federer as an overwhelming 1/2 favorite to be victorious once again at the All England Tennis Club.

"While three quarters of all wagers placed back Federer completing the Grand Slam, our oddsmakers believe Rafael Nadal will ride his 53-match winning streak on clay to another French Open title, ending any hope of a Grand Slam in 2006," said Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com. "Should anyone do the unthinkable and defeat Nadal at Roland Garros, Federer would certainly become the favorite in the French and capturing the tournament would put the Grand Slam well within his reach."

Current Odds: *All odds subject to change*

How Many Grand Slam Tournaments Will Roger Federer Win In 2006?

One 7/1

Two 8/5

Three 3/2

Grand Slam 11/2

Odds To Win 2006 French Open?

Rafael Nadal 10//11

Roger Federer 2/1

Will Roger Federer Win Wimbledon 2006?

Yes 1/2

No 9/5

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