Andy Murray may be the number-one seed at Wimbledon this year, but it’s the resurgent 7-time Wimbledon Men’s Singles Champion Roger Federer that heads the betting. Therefore, it’s time to analyse the Wimbledon’s Men’s Singles Draw.
First-Quarter Betting: Murray 11/10, Kyrgios 13/2, Wawrinka 13/2, Tsonga 1!/1
Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray heads a first-quarter that looks no pushover for the world number one, with Kyrgios, Pouille, Tsonga and Wawrinka all top-20 seeds that stand in his way. He doesn’t have an easy start either, with 32-seed Fognini having won 3 of their previous 6 matches.
However, if Murray gets past that hurdle, then a last-16 match against either Pouille or Kyrgios would look tasty for him, as he respectively holds 4-0 and 5-0 head-to-head records against the two young improvers. Meanwhile, he crowds could be in for a treat in the bottom-half of the first quarter if Tsonga and Wawrinka clash in the last-16, but the two could respectively face tricky early opponents in Querrey and Verdasco. Either way, Murray has won his last 5 matches on grass against Tsonga, and his only 2 matches on grass against Wawrinka – and another semi-final beckons for the dual Wimbledon Champion.
Murray @ 11/10 with Ladbrokes, SkyBet or WilliamHill
Second Quarter Betting: Nadal 11/10, Cilic 4/1, Nishikori 10/1, Muller 12/1
Nadal was supreme in the French Open on his favoured clay courts, but has struggled on grass in recent seasons due to his dodgy knees. However, he’s fully-fit again, no longer running around his forehand as much as he used to, and is going to adopt new tactics aimed at keeping points much shorter.
If he can pull off those tactics, then he certainly has a relatively easy task on paper. He should have no problem beating number 30 seed Khachanov, who tends to struggle against the world’s top-10, whilst he beat Muller here the last time they met on grass in 2011. His most likely quarter-final opponent is then Marin Cilic, whom he leads 4-1, and beat 6-1 6-2 in Acapulco earlier this season.
Nadal @ 11/10 with BetVictor
Third-Quarter Betting: Federer 8/13, Raonic 11/2, A. Zverev 7/1, Dimitrov 12/1
The form that Roger Federer has shown for most of the season is best highlighted by his last two matches against Alexander Zverev at Halle. In 2016, Federer succumbed to the youngster in 3-sets, yet in the final this year he showed the youngster why he’s a 7-time Wimbledon Champion with a bloodless 6-1 6-2 victory.
Therefore, in his current form, it’s hard to see why Dimitrov (5-0) Isner (5-2) or even Raonic (9-3) will stop Federer making it to the semi-finals.
Federer @ 8/13 with PaddyPower
Fourth-Quarter Betting: Djokovic 5/4, Thiem 17/2, Del Potro 11/1, Lopez 12/1
It’s hard to know quite where Djokovic is at with his game, but a good run at Eastbourne should have got him in the mood for the most famous fortnight in tennis. Del Potro is a dangerous potential early opponent, but he’s beaten the Argentinean 3 times already this season, whilst he also has excellent records against his most likely last-16 opponents Monfils and Lopez.
Thiem could be threatening in the quarters after his 3-0 win in the French Open, however his lack of grass-court prowess could mean he gets beaten in the last-16 by either Berdych or Gaaquet, neither of which should pose any threat to Djokovic in the quarter-final.
Djokovic @ 5/4 with BetVictor
Outright Betting: Federer 9/4, Nadal 9/2, Murray 6/1, Djokovic 6/1
It would be a great spectacle to have Murray, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic in the semi-finals, and Wimbledon will be packed to the rafters if it happens. Murray has certainly improved since he lost to Nadal here in 2011, but Nadal has beaten him here three times, and the Spaniard generally has Murray’s measure when at the top of his game.
A peak-form Djokovic would give Federer plenty to think about, but the Serbian has been far from at his best this season. He’s won the last twice they’ve clashed here, but Federer has been playing with so much motivation this season that the Swiss maestro is fancied to make the final.
Another Federer/Nadal Wimbledon Final would be the stuff of dreams for most tennis fans, and it’s hard to believe that it was 2008 when the pair clashed in their third consecutive Wimbledon Final. Nadal won that one, but Federer won the two before that. Federer has also won all three of their matches this season – and a record eighth Men’s Wimbledon Singles Title could be on the cards