The third Grand Slam of the season is here – and Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one, is once again the favorite despite failing to win against Stanislas Wawrinka in the French Open.
Who Can Win?
There’s no doubt that the Serb will be among the biggest names to watch at SW19 once again, but there are actually plenty of question marks surrounding him at the moment. For one, he did not play in any preparation tournaments ahead of the Grand Slam, preferring to play a few exhibition matches instead to fill the void. Someone as good as him obviously knows what needs to be done in order to win a Grand Slam, but the disappointment after the French Open must have affected him to some degree and we don’t think that he’s going to steamroll everyone on a surface that doesn’t particularly suit him, especially given his current form and momentum.
The guy that’s going to have a lot of momentum coming into this is Andy Murray, who was outstanding on clay in this season and even came close to beating Djokovic in Roland Garros. Since then, he’s won the tournament in the Queen’s Club, something that should give him plenty of confidence, and, for some reason, there aren’t really any question marks about him at the moment. In previous years, he was coming into Wimbledon on the back of some strange performances here and there, but there’s nothing like that this time around, so we believe that he’s the best bet from the big names. And the fact that he can’t meet Djokovic before the finals can’t hurt either.
On the women’s side of things, it’s Serena Williams who is once again gathering all attention and we think that she should actually convert everything with confidence, as she was surprisingly good in the French Open if one considers the health problems she had to deal with. Everything should be fine on that front by now – and there’s nobody near her at the moment as far as the overall quality of tennis is concerned.
Every Grand Slam has its big stories and this Wimbledon should be no different in that regard, with the quarter betting offering plenty of opportunities to punters that don’t mind backing big odds. The second quarter of the men’s draw, for example, looks like a straightforward affair on paper with Stanislas Wawrinka being the number one favorite, but he failed to make much impact on grass in the tournament he played and there might still be some hangover involved after the incredible run he had in Paris, so Milos Raonic will be our choice at odds that look incredible considering his recent record at SW19 and his massive serve.
Meanwhile, the fourth quarter should be a battle between Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer, so we will also go with the bigger price there, especially since Federer just doesn’t seem to be able to win all those long matches anymore. He loves the tournament and he’s still the world’s number two for a very good reason, but his recent Grand Slam performances weren’t good and we don’t think that he’ll reverse that trend in this Wimbledon.
As far as the women are concerned, Agnieszka Radwanska seems to have picked up some momentum in recent days and has gone well in Wimbledon before, so, given that Petra Kvitova is the only big threat in her quarter, we think that she’s worth a punt to make it through to the semis at odds this big. The Czech number one was struggling with health problems during the lead-up to the Grand Slam and she’s still very much hit or miss, so we’d pick the more consistent Radwanska ahead of her any day at prices like these.
Andy Murray to win Wimbledon 2015 (Best Odds: 3.50 @ Bet365)
Serena Williams to win Wimbledon 2015 (Best Odds: 2.75 @ BetVictor)
Milos Raonic to win his quarter (Best Odds: 4.00 @ Paddy Power)
Tomas Berdych to win his quarter (Best Odds: 4.33 @ BetVictor)
Agnieszka Radwanska to win her quarter (Best Odds: 5.00 @ BetVictor)