Andy Murray defends his Wimbledon title this July and is the tennis betting fans’ favourite at 3.50 to win his fourth Grand Slam.
Murray beat Milos Raonic in three sets to claim his second Wimbledon title in 2016. The Scot is now World No 1. But he has endured a miserable season so far.
Indeed, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will all believe they can take down Murray at Wimbledon. In fact, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov will also ben gunning for the title.
This could be the most competitive Wimbledon in years, with the famous Big Four all going for the title and plenty of other players also eyeing glory.
Bet on Wimbledon
Murray has endured a disappointing time of it since winning Wimbledon last summer. He crashed out in the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows 2016, lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open and was taken to five sets by Wawrinka in Paris this June before losing his semi-final.
The solace for Murray is that he is probably the best grass player of them all on the men’s draw, along with Federer. Murray has reached the semi-final or better in seven of the last eight Wimbledons. He is a good bet to win this tournament.
However, there are decent other bets out there and you cannot rule out Federer, who is enjoying a resurgence. The Swiss missed Paris in June, sacrificing his clay-court ambitions to prepare for grass. It might work. Federer is 3.75 to win Wimbledon, while Paris winner Rafael Nadal is out at 7.00 due to the extra strain on his body.
Novak Djokovic, surprisingly, is not interesting the punters right now. He is out at 6.00, which is a shock considering Djokovic has dominated the scene over the past 24 months.
Wimbledon best betting tips
Wimbledon’s men’s singles title has been won by one of the Big Four (see above) every year since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002. That isn’t great for tennis betting — at least, if you’re chasing the odds. But this year it could be different.
Milos Raonic is within touching distance of the big time. He lost the final last year — his first Grand Slam final — and that experience will have put him in good stead. Raonic is fancied for his neat grass play. He is intricate and technical but has the power to stun an opponent. He also has that consistency to grind it out at the back of the court, waiting for the other man to make a mistake.
Bet on Raonic at 14.00 as that is a great price for someone who reached the final only last year.
Other outside tips include Stan Wawrinka, who lost to Nadal in the Paris final last month. Wawrinka has for a long time been seen as the fifth member of the Big Four (OK, that’s mathematically impossible but you know what I mean!). His best Wimbledon finish is the quarter-finals in 2014 and 2015 but a win here at 26.00 is not out of the question.
As for the men to avoid, Kei Nishikori is not expected to impress much at SW19 this summer. The Japan star is a hard-court expert and his best finish at Wimbledon is in the fourth round. His odds of 31.00 are tempting but he won’t be threatening the big boys.