Wimbledon 2013: Men's betting preview
It's time to break out the white duds and save some room for some strawberries and cream as Wimbledon is finally upon us.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win the event at +110 and owns the 2011 Wimbledon championship title.
Roger Federer is the defending champion having defeated Andy Murray in four sets in 2012.
Here's a quick preview for Wimbledon which gets underway Monday, June 24.(All odds courtesy of Bet365)
The favorites:Novak Djokovic (+110):
The top-seeded player in men's tennis is the fave and will look to rebound after a loss in the semifinals of the French Open. Much like last year, however, Djoker is foregoing the opportunity to play in a grass-court warm-up tournament ahead of Wimbledon. He was ousted in the semifinal last year by Federer. The Serb is 33-5 on the year with three of those losses coming in clay-court tournaments.Andy Murray (+333):
Murray made a deep run to the final in 2012 before being defeated by Federer. The Scot has had a tough time during the clay-court season, going just 3-3 in three events. He had to skip the French Open due to a back injury, but will look to capture his second grand-slam event at the All England Club. Murray has been busy fine-tuning his grass game after posting a title victory in the Aegon Championship.Rafael Nadal (+400):
It isn't clay season any longer so Rafa is no sure thing, but he's still just about as good as it gets. The Spaniard was so dominant on clay that it's difficult to envision him losing another match. Rafa finished the clay season 38-2 and the winner of six titles. But he does not own such a sparkling resume on grass. He was upset in the second round last year by Lukáš Rosol. He does own two Wimbledon crowns (2008 and 2010) and has made the final three other times.Roger Federer (+750):
It is Wimbledon after all, so if Federer is playing, he's in the mix. The defending champion is going into the event having played some grass-court matches this season. Federer is coming off a title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany and will give his all to please an adoring crowd in London. The dark horse:
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (+2500):
To be successful at the All England Club, you must possess a booming first serve. Tsonga has that and then some. Not only can his first reach speeds up to 140 mph, but he ranks 10th in first serve points won (76 percent) and second in service games won (88 percent). He has reached the semifinal in 2012 and 2011 and reached the quarterfinal in 2010. Perhaps this is the year where he gets his Grand Slam title.Next:
Grigor Dimitrov (+12500):
Dubbed "Baby Federer", Dimitrov is a name on the tongues of many tennis experts. He was a junior champion at Wimbledon in 2008 and has reached the second round in back-to-back Wimbledon's on the senior circuit. The Bulgarian has yet to win a title on the men's tour but with plenty of fairy tales written on the grass courts of the All England Club, perhaps Dimitrov's time is now.