Wimbledon starts on Monday (July 2nd) and, as ever, the big question on everyone’s lips is who is going to win the men’s single title. Roger Federer is favourite to retain his crown and extend his current record haul of eight Wimbledon’s men’s singles titles to nine.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic will be bidding to win his fourth title, whilst Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal will both be hoping to win their third.
However, everyone knows the dominance of this quartet of tennis superstars can’t go on forever. Therefore, will it be time for the likes of Juan Martin del Potro, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, or Dominic Thiem to step-up and take the crown?
ATP Men’s Singles Rankings
Juan Martin del Potro
Wimbledon Men’s Singles Betting
Roger Federer 7/4, Novak Djokovic 11/2, Marin Cilic 15/2, Rafa Nadal 8/1, Andy Murray 16/1, Alexander Zverev 16/1, Nick Kyrgios 18/1, Milos Raonic 20/1, Juan Martin de; Potro 22/1, Grigor Dimitrov 40/1, Borna Coric 50/1, Kevin Anderson 50/1, John Isner 80/1, David Goffin 150/1
Men’s Top 10 Wimbledon Records
#1 Rafa Nadal
Nadal has wowed the Wimbledon crowds on many occasions, winning the title in 2008 and 2010. He also finished runner-up in 2006, 2007, and 2011. However, since that 2011 final, his record has been poor, and he has not progressed past the fourth-round in five subsequent visits. He may still be the King of Clay, but Nadal’s injury-prone knees struggle to cope with the way the balls bounce lower at Wimbledon. Therefore, though 8/1 looks tempting about a world number one, he probably won’t land you those odds.
#2 Roger Federer
Unstoppable at Wimbledon between 2003 and 2007, Federer has since taken the title in 2009, 2012 and 2017. However, he’s only once failed to reach at least the quarter-finals here since 2003. Arguably the best grass court player ever, Federer is bidding to extend his own record as the oldest player in the modern era to win the men’s Wimbledon title. However, he looked close to his best here last year and has already won the Australian Open this year. The bookies have pushed his odds out after a recent loss to Borna Coric, but Federer knows how to peak for the big occasion – and this is the tournament he loves winning the most.
#3 Alexander Zverev
The 21-year-old German has continued to impress this season and will surely live up to his tag of a grand slam winner waiting to happen. However, he is far from the finished article yet and his record in slams suggests he currently lacks the stamina for them. However, he did put up his best performance yet in reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open and may improve on last year’s fourth round Wimbledon exit.
#4 Juan Martin del Potro
The big-hitting Argentinean has been in great form this season and he seems to be enjoying being injury free, something which he’s struggled to be throughout his career. A former winner of the US Open, his best finish at Wimbledon came when reaching the semi-finals in 2013 when he was beaten by Novak Djokovic in four sets. Could easily at least match that performance in his current form and he’s a player that Federer will want to avoid.
#5 Marin Cilic
The winner of the 2014 US Open has never quite reached the heights expected of him since that win, but he has taken advantage of the poor form of the likes of Dkjovic and Murray over the last 12 months to make it two grand slam finals. The first of those was last year’s Wimbledon Final, but he was crushed in straight sets by Federer.
#6 Grigor Dimitrov
The 27-year-old seems to have been around for a long time but he has yet to deliver on the promise of his youth. He reached the semi-finals here in 2014 but hasn’t got past the fourth round in any other year. Having won last year’s ATP Finals, he also hasn’t really kicked on since.
#7 Dominic Thiem
The young Austrian has really impressed on clay courts in the last three seasons and fully deserved to get to the final of this year’s French Open, where he was outclassed by Nadal. However, he’s nowhere near as good on grass, and his fourth-round exit at last year’s Wimbledon bettered any of his previous appearances by two rounds.
#8 Kevin Anderson
The South African’s serve is a potent weapon on grass and he came mighty close to knocking out Novak Djokovic here two seasons ago. However, his lack of consistency has probably stopped him progressing past the fourth round. The big seeds will want to avoid a gruelling match with him and he could surprise if the draw falls apart, as it did when he reached last year’s US Open Final.
#9 David Goffin
The 27-year-old Belgian is capable of some big performances but probably lacks the all-round game to win the type of series of matches needed to win a Grand Slam. Has reached two grand slam quarter-finals in his career, but never got past the fourth round at Wimbledon.
#10 John Isner
The big-hitting American is the type of player you feel would have made a big run at some of the grand slams. However, he only has one quarter-final appearance to his name at the US open in 2011. He’s never previously made it past the third round at Wimbledon and is impossible to fancy.
Other Wimbledon Hopefuls
After injury-strewn seasons, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are way down the rankings. However, Djokovic has been showing some form of late, though the jury is still out on whether he can regain the killer-instinct he used to have. Meanwhile, it would be some feat if Murray can comeback from injury and win Wimbledon with just one warm-up tournament under his belt.
Of the others, Milos Raonic has a decent Wimbledon record having reached a final, a semi-final, and a quarter-final in the last four years here. Meanwhile, another player that has great grass court skills in Nick Kyrgios, though the moody Australian wouldn’t be the most popular of winners with the Wimbledon crowd. Sam Querrey could also be a player to watch as he’s more than capable of an upset or two but may lack the bottle to win a big one.
Wimbledon Men’s Single Summary And Tip
It’s so easy to make a case for Roger Federer. Not only is he the best player on grass, but the likes of Djokovic, Murray, and Nadal are unlikely to be at their best here this season. Meanwhile, the younger brigade doesn’t quite look up to it yet. If there is to be an upset, it could come from the in-form Juan Martin del Potro, and I wouldn’t put anyone off having a saver.
However, Federer should probably be odds-on, and the big-hitters will surely be piling wheelbarrows full of cash on him before Wimbledon starts.
Other ATP Tennis Tournaments In July
It’s always a bit of a come down after Wimbledon, but the show goes on with a total of nine more tournaments to be played in July.
Dell Technology Hall of Fame Open – ATP 250 – Grass (July 16-22)
Plava Laguna Croatia Open – ATP 250 – Clay (July 16-22)
SkiStar Swedish Open – ATP 250 – Clay (July 16-22)
German Tennis Championships – ATP 500 – Clay (July 23-29)
BB & T Atalanta Open – ATP 250 – Outdoor Hardcourt (July 16-22)
J Safra Sarasin Swiss Open – ATP 250 – Clay (July 16-22)
Citi Open – ATP 500 – Outdoor Hardcourts (July 16-22)
Abierto Mexicana de Tenis – ATP 250 – Outdoor Harcourts (July 30 – August 4)
Generali Open – ATP 250 – Clay (July 30 – August 4)
The pick of the action looks to be the German Tennis Championships and the Citi Open. Nadal is the only big name to have won the German Tennis Championships in the last decade, winning it in both 2008 and 2015. However, Leonardo Mayer has won it twice in the last four years. It looks the type of tournament that Dominic Thiem or Diego Schwartzman may excel in, but much will depend on their moods and form after Wimbledon.
Meanwhile, whatever the likes of Zverev, Raonic, and del Potro do at Wimbledon, they’ve all won the Citi Open in recent seasons. Zverev will be defending after winning last year, but it’s del Potro who has the best record of any player in the last decade, winning it in 2008, 2009, and 2013.