Wimbledon preview and odds - and a darkhorse
Tennis is a two-man sport right now and if you think otherwise, you haven't been paying attention. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have won nine of the last 10 majors. So, 126 other dudes will battle it out at the All England Club but only Nadal or Djokovic will walk away as the winner.
Here's a quick preview for Wimbledon, which starts Monday, June 25th.
Novak Djokovic (+176): He’s the top seed, the defending Wimbledon champ and consensus favorite to win this year at the All England Club. Djokovic first round Wimbledon match will be his first on grass this season. He decided to skip the pre-Wimbledon warm-up tourneys, a bit of an interesting move. Three of Djokovic’s six losses this season have come against Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal (+256): Nadal has made it to the Wimbledon final in five of the last six years. He’s won twice (2010, 2008) and lost in the final a year ago to Djokovic in four sets (6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3). Rafael is better on grass than most give him credit.
Roger Federer (+440): Feds loves grass more than Method Man and Redman but three years since his last Wimbledon title. He can’t beat Nadal or Djokovic unless either player is hurt or just having an off day. Roger looked vulnerable at the grass warm-up event in Germany, needing a third set tiebreaker to get past big server Milos Raonic and lost to Tommy Haas in the final.
Tommy Haas (+15,012): The 34-year-old German really has no shot of winning a tournament with best of five set matches. Still, he’s coming off the win in Germany where he beat Bernard Tomic, Tomas Berdych, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Roger Federer.
Big servers usually have big success at the All England Club. A flyer on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (+2500) wouldn’t be a terrible play. He’s 30-12 on the season and pushed Djokovic in the semifinals last year.
Pick: Take Nadal. Better payout and he seems to be in better form than Djokovic.
Odds to win Wimbledon (courtesy PinnacleSports.com):
Del Potro: +4851