June 29th sees the start of the 2015 Wimbledon Tournament. Novak Djokovic has been installed as pre-tournament favorite, and who would oppose him winning for the second consecutive year. The World No. 1 is as short as even money with some bookmakers to scoop the prize. We take a look at the key contenders for this year…
Andy Murray is second favorite to win and for good reason. He has been in great form of late having surprised many with 2 clay court titles. He also put in a good performance in the French Open pushing Djokovic to 5 sets after seemingly being down and out. He also won his fourth Queen’s title. He will need to be on top form to win his 3rd grand slam and 2nd Wimbledon title but he is certainly one of the main contenders.
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Next up it’s Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has been playing poorly by his standards for a while now. He was knocked out in the first round at Queen’s so doesn’t seem to have rediscovered Grand Slam winning form. Add this to the fact he is far less convincing on grass having struggled in the past against big serving players on the surface and you get the potential recipe for a ‘shock’ early exit. Despite there being much to suggest he won’t win you could never completely rule him out it. More unlikely things have certainly happened before!
Roger Federer is still ranked 2nd in the World Rankings going into the tournament. He has won the tournament a whopping 7 times but the last of those wins was in 2012 and he is now 33. Questions remain over whether he can still beat 2 or 3 top players in a row. You’d expect him to get to the Quarter Finals at the least but how much further? He is available to back at over 5/1 with the majority of bookmakers to win the tournament for an 8th time.
Stanislas Wawrinka won this years French Open. The Swiss no.2 has won two Grand Slams, and both since 2014 although he does seem to be inconsistent. If he can progress to the latter stages of the tournament he could be a threat but equally he could be a big name early exit.
So who will win the tournament this year? Well Djokovic is the obvious choice, but perhaps there is more value in picking a few higher priced players who could progress through the rounds giving you the chance to lay off on the betting exchanges (like Betfair). Players like Nishikori or Dimitrov could be good trading options. Whilst Murray is certainly capable of reaching the final and is possibly the best option other than going with Djokovic.
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