That time has come again… Wimbledon. Who is going to win? Who provides the betting value? We take a look:
Top 5 Men Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic – Available at odds of 2.84 at WBX, the 2012 champion will be looking to avenge his straight sets Final defeat at the hands of Andy Murray this year. With a year record of 30-4 and three victories in tour events, the Serbian superstar enters the tournament in good form after reaching the final of the French Open at Roland Garros. Predictably he was defeated by clay court specialist Rafael Nadal, but the grass is Djokovic’s domain.
Andy Murray – The current Wimbledon champion. A great 2013 has been followed by a decidedly average 2014. Recovering from injury and parting ways with his coach has not aided Murray’s cause, but he has the benefit of home backing and the title of champion to boost morale. Second favourite at 5.3.
Rafa Nadal – A previous winner and a player performing at something like his best. Magical in France against Djokovic and whilst this surface does not suit quite as well, he is always to be feared. Odds of 6.0 seem very fair.
Roger Federer – One of the greatest players to grace the game and a Wimbledon specialist having won the tournament on several occasions. Entering the twilight of his career but he has shown there is life left in the old dog this year. A new coach and playing style gives the Swiss slickster a squeak and he is the fourth favourite at odds of 7.0.
The Lively Outsider
David Ferrer – The Spaniard deserves to be shorter than his odds of 150. He has reached the Quarter Finals of the last two Wimbledons and he has an overall 70% win record on grass. May struggle to beat the top players at the end of the tournaments, but could easily make the Quarter Finals again and his odds will then be shorter.
Top 5 Women Wimbledon
Serena Williams – Available at odds of 2.74 with WBX, the all-conquering American will be a tough nut to crack this year. She is the five times champion with her last victory coming in 2012. She has been gifted a very difficult draw but remains the main market fancy.
Maria Sharapova – The blonde bombshell brushed off some indifferent early form to eventually capture the 2014 French Open and therefore arrives to the tournament she won in 2004 brimming with confidence. She has the potential to meet S Williams in the Quarter Finals, but in current form, will not be concerned. Available at odds of 8.4.
Victoria Azarenka – The powerful Belarusian is a two time Semi-Finalist at Wimbledon. The former world number one hasn’t been operating at the level she was in her pomp, but is still a live contender. Can be backed at 23.0.
The Lively Outsider
Ana Ivanovic – The tall Serbian was world number one back in 2008. She has since slid in the rankings but there is still an underlying level of ability present and at odds of 36.0, she could be overpriced.