Preview of the 2015 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Tournament.
Favorites, Threats, Longshot Shockers, Youth Brigade
Unlike the French Open, where Novak Djokovic went in as an overwhelming favorite, Wimbledon is a good deal more wide open. Djoker is still the betting favorite at 5/4, but Andy Murray isn’t far behind at 5/2. And also unlike the French, the oddsmakers give Roger Federer a decent chance here as well, listing him as the only other player better than 10/1 with a 6/1 line. Surprisingly, their next best favorite is Rafael Nadal at 12/1, despite his 4-3 record here over the last 3 years. (Note: All lines from Bet365.com)
Nadal did take the title in the Stuttgart grass court tuneup earlier this month, beating a resurgent Viktor Troicki in the final for his 66th career title, but he then lost a couple days later to the underachieving Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round at London. And his meek loss to Djoker in the French Open QFs exposed passive play and diminished athleticism that doesn’t bode well here for the former 2-time Wimbledon champ (2008, ’10). Little known Nadal Wimby Factoid: He made the 3rd round here as a 17 yr old in 2003, beating Mario Ancic in the first round before eventually losing to Paradorn Scrichaphan in straight sets in the 3rd.
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