results: Novak Djokovic upset by Safin in Round 2
One of the top three tennis players at this year's
Wimbledon is out of the competition - Novak Djokovic was beaten
by Russian Marat Safin 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the second round.
Novak Djokovic was listed with odds 9/2 with the British
bookmakers, third overall, after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
But tennis fans know that Marat Safin is not an easy target.
Safin (currently No. 75) held the No. 1 ATP ranking for 9 weeks
during 2000 when he won his first Grand Slam tournament at the
US Open, by defeating Pete Sampras in straight sets. Marat Safin
reached the final round in three more Grand Slam tournaments,
all in the Australian Open in 2002, 2004, and 2005. He defeated
favorite Lleyton Hewitt in the 2005 finals to secure his second
Grand Slam in five years. Safin also took part in the 2008
French Open but was eliminated in Round 2 by countryman and No.
4 seed Nikolai Davydenko in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Following the Djokovic exit from the
2008 Wimbledon, the odds on the tennis competition have changed
to reflect the upset. At
Paddy Power the favorite player
to win outright remains Federer with odds 4/7, followed by Nadal
at 13/8. The spot previously occupied by Djokovic on the betting
sheets now belongs to Roddick, but his odds remain long 16/1.