Federer benefits from Nadal loss

  • Last Updated: June 25 2013, 16:34 BST

Roger Federer was the big winner in the Wimbledon betting following Rafael Nadal's stunning loss to Steve Darcis on the opening day of the tournament.

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The defending champion, available at 10/1 on the eve of the event, was moved into a best of 9/2 (Coral, Ladbrokes) following Monday's action.

The man himself won in straight sets against Victor Hanescu and latter saw his expected quarter-final opponent removed from his path.

Nadal was beaten in straight sets by the world number 135, who took full advantage of what appeared to be further problems with the Spaniard's knees.

Andy Murray, who saw off Benjamin Becker in three sets, is also in that half of the draw. He's was cut to 5/2 (general).

Title favourite Novak Djokovic, who starts his campaign on Tuesday, went odds-on with several firms. William Hill offered 11/10 on Monday evening.

Darcis was being offered at 500/1 by Coral but was just 100s in places for the title.

Meanwhile, bet365 make Nadal an odds-on shot never to win Wimbledon again following his loss.

The 27-year-old, a two-time winner in SW19, is priced up at 8/11 in their market. He's even money to lift the trophy at some point in the future.

Sky Bet and Ladbrokes both had Darcis at 100/1 to win in straight sets but the latter firm took no bets on that outcome. William Hill reported taking just 39 bets on the Belgian to win the contest at 16/1.

Ladbrokes' Jessica Bridge said: "Darcis played the match of his life but we couldn't give him away before the match started."

Hill's Joe Crilly added: "Nadal's defeat coupled with that of 1/7 shot Sara Errani means we have had one of the best opening days of Wimbledon in our history."