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England riding Murray at 15-1

Jun 29, 2008 7:16 PM

by Mark Mayer | Sunday is the traditional off day at Wimbledon, which gives players a chance to rest and bettors the opportunity to reassess their picks. On the men’s side, both top-seeded Roger Federer and second seed Rafael Nadal have advanced to the round of 16. Federer went off at even money at the Las Vegas Hilton, while Nadal was the third choice at 4-1. Novak Djokovic, at 3-1, was eliminated by Marat Safin, who is the longest shot on the board among the men at 150-1.

On the women’s side, the casualty list among seeded players grows. The 9-4 favorite Maria Sharapova was bounced in straight sets by Alla Kudryavtseva, while world’s No. 1 Ana Ivanovic (5-1) was upset by China’s Zheng Jie. However, the Williams sisters Serena (5-2) and Venus (9-2) have been impressive in advancing to the round of 16.

The story of the tournament as far as England goes is Andy Murray, who at 15-1 has reached the round of 16. Murray will take on Richard Gasquet (60-1) in his next match. On the men’s side, nine of the 16 players are part of the field betting at 10-1. As for the women, nine of the 16 made the Hilton oddsboard. The longest shot is Israel’s Shahar Peer (80-1), who won a marathon three-setter over French Open finalist Dinara Safina (20-1).

Here are the matchups and pre-tourney odds for the men’s and women’s round of 16:

Men:

Roger Federer (even) vs Lleyton Hewitt (50-1)

Rafael Nadal (4-1) vs Mikhail Youzhny (10-1, field)

Richard Gasquet (60-1) vs Andy Murray (15-1)

Stanislas Wawrinka (field, 10-1) vs Marat Safin (150-1)

Marcos Baghdatis (60-1) vs Feliciano Lopez (10-1, field)

Fernando Verdasco (10-1, field) vs Mario Ancic (10-1, field)

Janko Tipsarevic (10-1, field) vs Rainer Schuettler (10-1, field)

Arnaud Clement (10-1, field) vs Marin Cilic (10-1, field)

Women:

Serena Williams (5-2) vs Bethanie Mattek (10-1, field)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (20-1) vs Agnieszka Radwanska (50-1)

Venus Williams (9-2) vs Alesa Kleybanova (10-1, field)

Jelena Jankovic (12-1) vs Tamarine Tanasugarn (10-1, field)

Anna Chakvetadze (50-1) vs Nicole Vaidisova (50-1)

Nadia Petrova (60-1) vs Alla Kudryavtseva (10-1, field)

Elena Dementieva (50-1) vs Shahar Peer (80-1)

Agnes Szavay (10-1, field) vs Zheng Jie (10-1, field)

The defending champions are Roger Federer and Venus Williams.