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Left-handed players have certain advantages when it comes to playing tennis. If you are going to bet on tennis you should be aware of certain aspects of the game that might be influenced by them.
One of the most fascinating things in tennis is the uniqueness of each player. Especially interesting are those who are left-handed, with each of them presenting a different game style. When looking to the player’s game style, it’s possible to find many differences like the amount of spin generated on their shots or the way they hit the ball on their backhand – two-handed backhand vs one-handed backhand. However, the main difference can be found when comparing a right-handed with a left-handed player. That’s exactly what we’ll explore on this article – the impact of left-handed players.
Most of the players on the tour are right-handed, which is a huge advantage for the left-handed. They are much more used to facing right-handed players than the opposite. When looking to the players ranked inside the top 100, only 14% are left-handed on the ATP (men’s tour) while on the WTA (women’s tour) the number is even lower with just 6%.
Even the tennis scoring system seems to benefit the left-handed players. There are two sides of the court, the Deuce (right side) and the Advantage (left side). The left-handed players can open the court much better with their serve and forehand from the Advantage side and when looking to the four possible situations where a player can close his service game: 40-0; 40-15; 40-30 and A-40; three of them are played on the Advantage side.
Left-handed players can be even more dangerous when facing a right-hander with a single-handed backhand. One example of that is the match-up between Roger Federer and lefty Rafael Nadal.
Nadal’s top-spin crossed forehand and slice serve have created many problems over the years against Roger’s one-handed backhand. Their head-to-head results show 23 victories for Nadal and only 11 for Federer.
It’s never easy to place a bet on a player who is going to face a left-hander. Before placing any bet it’s important to analyze not only his previous record against that opponent, but against all left-handed players as well.
The surface might also play an important role on your decision. If the left-hander has a good slice serve he can be more dangerous. That’s especially the case on faster and lower bouncing conditions like grass. On the other hand, if the left-hander is known for his top spin forehand, he should create more problems on higher bouncing surfaces like clay.
As we mentioned in previous articles, following each player closely is the key to being successful in tennis betting. That is even more important when a left-hander is involved due to the match-up importance. If you are also interested on the impact of various tennis surfaces, make sure to check out our in-depth guide: Tennis Surfaces.
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