Tennis Scores and Matchups
Whether singles or doubles, tennis matches are always three sets, except for men’s matches at Grand Slams (Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open, and U.S. Open). These matches are five-set affairs and can sometimes last more than five hours.
The 2012 Australian Open final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal lasted five hours and 53 minutes and is the longest Grand Slam final of all time.
A set is won when a player or a doubles team wins six games. However, they must win by two games, or else a tie-breaking game is held in which the first to seven points wins the set. Players or teams alternate service points, and there’s really no favorite until one player or team breaks the other (wins a game without holding serve).
A player must win four points to win a game but must win by two again. However, scoring isn’t in typical ascending order. Instead, the point system goes 15, 30, 40, and game.
It is known as deuce when both players are tied at 40. The player who wins the 40-40 point gets the advantage and can then win the game with another point victory.
Understanding Records and Points Spreads
One of the most common ways to bet on tennis is by selecting the winner. Consider a match between Novak Djokovic and John Isner. Djokovic would be considered the favorite based on his past performances and record against Isner but wouldn’t garner a substantial return. The same bet on Isner, if successful, would net the bettor a higher payout.
The game spread is another popular option for tennis betting. This works similar to the point spread in football or basketball but involves the total amount of games won by each player in a match.
For instance, bettors can place a game spread bet of +2.5 on Isner in a match against Djokovic. This means Isner would need to win two or fewer games than Djokovic during the match. Alternatively, bettors can place a -2.5 wager on Djokovic, meaning he would have to win at least three more games than Isner.
Other betting options include set spread and set total. Popular tennis props include odd/even games, tie-breaks, and alternate lines.