Men’s tennis can be split into two categories: the top four players in the world (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray) and then everyone else. The 127th edition of the Wimbledon Championships figures to be much of the same as the tennis odds will lean towards the top four.
If there is one favorite at which Federer could still be considered a favorite over the rest of the top four, it would be Wimbledon, where last year’s victory tied him atop the all-time list with seven, along with Pete Sampras and Willie Renshaw (who won his seven in the amateur era). The Swiss great is coming off a win on grass in Germany for his first victory in 10 months, and he is setting aim at his 18th Grand Slam. But things haven’t come as easy in the last few years as Nadal (12 Grand Slams) and Djokovic (six) have raised their game, and even Andy Murray has finally gotten the monkey off his back after last year’s win at the U.S. Open.
Murray, as usual, will probably have the most pressure placed on his shoulders as the Scottish star tries to become the first Great Britain player since Fred Perry in 1936 to win at the All-England Club, and last year’s trip to the final against Federer can only help his confidence. Nadal has two Wimbledon victories, including the five-set classic over Federer in 2008, but he is coming off another win at the French Open, but you always have to wonder about his knees and how they are holding up. Djokovic won here in 2011 and also took the Australian Open earlier this year, so he knows how to get around the grass courts of London and he has now made it to the semifinals in 12 straight Grand Slams. The easy money is on these four battling it out for the title of Wimbledon champion.
Who will try and throw a wrench into these tennis betting plans? David Ferrer is coming off his first appearance in a Grand Slam as he lost to fellow Spaniard Nadal in the final of the French Open, but he has never made it past the quarters at Wimbledon; however, he has been to the semis in three of his last five Grand Slam starts. Jo-Wilifred Tsonga of France has reached the semifinals in each of the last two years at Wimbledon and was eliminated at that point of the French Open recently.
Fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet has made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam just once since 2002, but that came at Wimbledon in 2007. Czech Tomas Berdych lost to Nadal in the 2010 final in London, while Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro is still the only man outside of the top four to win a Grand Slam since 2005 (the 2009 U.S. Open). This shows it can be done, but defeating Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokoviv is a tall order in the major tournaments.