A Handicap market in Tennis simply means that one of the players is given an advantage at the beginning. Let’s take an example from one of my Betting Tips. Federer v Del Potro, ATP Paris. Del Potro was the deserved favourite going into this match at the time – he had won the past 3 encounters between the two players.
Set handicap tennis betting means placing a wager on a certain player to win a game when a given handicap is applied. Seasoned bettors already know that handicapping is a process of subtracting some points from the favourites’ or adding some points to the underdogs’ final scores.
As such, the handicap is factored into the final score to determine whether the bet is a winning one. The handicap markets are valuable when betting on a match with a clear favourite. This can be achieved either by betting on the favorite with a negative handicap or on the outsider with a positive handicap.
Probably the way you will easily understand what handicap in tennis is, is to say that handicap simply equates the chances of both players in tennis, by giving an advantage to the unfavoured player, and disadvantage for the favored player, so that the favored one should win with a bigger difference for example.
If the set just finished was either 6-1 or 6-3, this means that the player who served first in the earlier set is now serving second and your advantage may be upset. It could be that you might deliberately lose a game to ensure that the advantage of absorbing the handicap on your serve is maintained.
Meaning that you are both having to cover the set line spread, as well as laying odds much like you would if you were betting the moneyline. This occurs when there is a very good chance that the favorite will win in straight sets.
Set handicap betting is where one player is given a set advantage (for example +1.5 sets) and the other is given a set deficit (for example -1.5 sets). Below we can see an example of set handicap odds listed at Paddy Power for an upcoming match between Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Marin Cilic: 2 Sets - 1.5 (Handicap Bet) = 0.5 Sets . Bradley Klhan: 1 Set . Bradley Klahn bet +1.5 ; The bet would be settled as a winner, as Marin Cilic won 2 Sets and opponent Bradley Klahn won 1 set. Betting Handicap Calculations: Total games: Marin Cilic: 2 Sets . Bradley Klhan: 1 Set +1.5 Sets (Handicap Bet) = 2.5 Sets