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Stuart Dalgleish 6th Jun 2010 - 13:42

The tennis action just keeps coming

If you've enjoyed the past couple of weeks of French Open tennis then you're in for a treat over the next week as the grass court season kicks off.

You'll be able to watch two top tournaments as we're streaming the big matches from the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany on William Hill TV and BBC will be showing the AEGON Championships, commonly known as Queen's, from London.

Top of the field in Halle is Roger Federer (1/2), the Swiss legend might've lost his number one spot in the world rankings but he's always the man to beat in the grass court season.

The Fed Express has won the tournament in Halle five times in the last seven years, and one of those years (last year) he withdrew to keep fresh for Wimbledon, his biggest threat for the title this year could come from Nikolay Davydenko (12/1).

The Russian pulled out of the French Open with a wrist injury but that hasn't stopped him from climbing up a place to number five in the rankings, he won the World Tour Finals in London at the back end of 2009 and followed that up with a title in Doha, beating Federer and Rafael Nadal along the way.

Grass has never been Davydenko's favourite surface but with a pretty decent draw he'll fancy his chances of going the distance in Germany.

Other players to watch out for will be another Russian in Mikhail Youzhny (12/1), the number 3 seed had a great run at the French Open before falling to Tomas Berdych in the quarters, and he's already won a tournament in Germany this year when he defeated Marin Cilic in the ATP Munich just a month ago, dropping only one set throughout the week.

Lleyton Hewitt (10/1) may not have age on his side, but he does have plenty of grass court titles to his name.

The Aussie normally enters Queen's, where he's triumphed four times before, but he's trying his luck at Halle this time, can he show the German crowd the form that once won him the Wimbledon crown?

You can find out on William Hill TV where we will bring you matches from the main court each day.

Simultaneously to the ATP Halle in Germany is the ATP Queen's in London.

Last year of course we finally saw a British winner for the first time in over 70 years, when Andy Murray (7/2) beat James Blake in the final.

The American isn't playing this year as he's recovering from a knee injury, the former world number four should be back in time for Wimbledon though.

One big name from the States will be in action in London though and that's Andy Roddick (5/2).

A-Rod is a four time winner at Queen's Club, and was cruelly denied a chance to make it five last year when he had to withdraw from his semi-final with Blake.

But he was back in fine grass court form at Wimbledon when he took Roger Federer to five sets in a classic final before Feds eventually prevailed.

He's played well so far this year though, bagging two titles and reaching two other finals so should fancy his chances of a good run in London once again.

It's likely Roddick will have to get past Novak Djokovic (4/1) if he's to win his 30th career title.

The Serb is the number 2 seed this year and is a former runner-up at Queen's, in fact he's been a finalist for two years running in his pre-Wimbledon tournaments after losing to Tommy Haas in Halle last year.

'The Djoker' is yet to lift a grass court trophy, will he be laughing all the way to the bank with the winners' cheque this week?

One man who has a couple of grass titles of course is the new world number one Rafael Nadal (5/2).

Rafa was just scintillating at the French Open and is actually on a run of 12 straight grass court wins, they were all in 2008 as he was unable to defend either his Queen's title or the Wimbledon trophy he won in such dramatic circumstances against Federer as he pulled out of both tournaments in 2009.

Murray (7/2) took full advantage of Nadal's absence last year as he won the tournament without dropping a set, although admittedly the field was a lot weaker than it is this year.

Credit to the Scot though as he was excellent that year and played well before Roddick knocked him out of Wimbledon, I'm just not sure he's in the kind of form to beat Nadal at the minute though even if the Spaniard isn't as dominant on grass as he is on clay.

It promises to be a cracking week of tennis though, make sure you're with us all the way to get the best value on several pre-match markets and a plethora of betting opportunities once the match goes In-Play.



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