Wimbledon Mens Preview 2015
Just as Serena Williams dominates the market in the Womens event, Novak Djokovic stands head and shoulders above his rivals in the Mens draw at Wimbledon.
He is as short as Even money in places to clinch the title but Britain’s Andy Murray is regarded as a serious threat. The Scot’s recent win at Queen’s has given Murray great hopes of repeating his 2013 victory. He tested Djokovic to the limit in the semi-finals of the French Open and the momentum does seem to be with the Briton.
Finding value bets in the Mens tournament at Wimbledon has been a fruitless exercise in recent years and the big names are again expected to ease through the early rounds. Roger Federer is a legend and is defying the years. The Swiss is Murray’s most likely semi-final opponent and he came out on top in all three meetings last season. That included a 6-0, 6-1 mauling at the O2 Arena but Murray would still start favourite here.
Djokovic remains the major stumbling block. Murray has not beaten the Champion in eight matches but the gap does seem to be closing. His last victory over the Serb was in the final here in 2013. Djokovic will see Stan Wawrinka as another threat following the French Open, although this surface is something that Wawrinka is yet to conquer. He reached the last eight last season before losing to his compatriot, Federer. That was his best performance here and he makes little appeal at 15.0.
Tomas Berdych is a previous finalist here but has squandered opportunities to go deep into the tournament in recent years. He has been playing very consistently this season and could give us a run for our money at around 41.0. He has only been beaten once before the quarter-final stages and does seem to struggle against the top players.
Rafael Nadal is out to 21.0 as he continues to work his way back to form. He is obviously a dangerous player at any time but there seems to be little confidence in his challenge this year. He is likely to have to beat Federer if he is to go deep into this event but he has a decent record against the Swiss.
Milos Raonic is a possible stumbling block for Wawrinka. His excellent service was returning from foot surgery when beaten by Gilles Simon at Queen’s. It is obviously a worry that he may lack match fitness while Grigor Dimitrov is another player capable of causing an upset.
This isn’t the ideal surface for Kei Nishikori but he is such a battler that you cannot discount him. If you fancy a real long-shot, try Spain’s Fernando Verdasco at around 401.0. He made the semi-finals in Quito and Houston and the last 16 of the Madrid Masters. He has performed well here in the past and his odds are an insult.
Tomas Berdych @41.0 Sportingbet
Milos Raonic @41.0 Sportingbet
Kei Nishikori @81.0 Sportingbet
Fernando Verdasco @401.0 Unibet
Each-way ½ odds, 1,2