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Wimbledon 2015 betting preview

Fresh from securing his fourth Queen’s Club title, third seed Andy Murray will head to Wimbledon knowing he has every chance of reclaiming the trophy he won in 2013, which made him the first Briton to win the men’s singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.

Defeating Kevin Anderson to triumph last week, adding the Queen’s Club trophy to his 2015 haul alongside The Madrid and BMW Opens, Murray is priced at 11/4 with most bookies to stage a repeat of 2013, when he beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets. His form at the tournament, losing only one set to Gilles Müller in the quarter final, will furnish the Scotsman with real confidence that he can go the distance at the All England club.

Top two seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the biggest obstacles in Murray’s path, as Djokovic bids to win his third Wimbledon title and continue his hot-streak as the game’s foremost male player. Odds of 7/5 from Sportingbet represent the best price for anyone backing the Serb to add to his tally of eight career Grand Slams at SW19 this summer.

Rafael Nadal is another to have lifted the famous trophy twice, although he will begin this year’s tournament as tenth seed amidst flagging form and fitness. Nevertheless, priced at 25/1 with Tonybet, he remains a player no man on the ATP World Tour will be keen to face, and could play any of the top four seeds as early as the fourth round.

Stanislas Wawrinka, now world number four and coming off the back of his victory in the French Open, will be aiming to do better than his quarter-final finish in 2014 when he crashed out to fellow Swiss Roger Federer. Best price for the 30-year-old to go all the way is with 888sport at 17/1, and although he has tended to struggle on grass, Wawrinka’s deadly service game and backhand, coupled with the confidence boost of his second Grand Slam title makes him a solid outside bet.

Another player primed to spring a surprise is Croatia’s Marin Cilic. Seeded ninth, the reigning US Open Champion comes priced at 40/1 by most bookmakers, with best odds offered by Coral at 66/1. Coached by 2001 champion Goran Ivanisevic and armed with one of the best forehands in the game, the towering Croatian is set to trouble the best in the tournament’s latter stages.

However, with Betfair pricing the odds of a first-time winner at 3.60, compared to 1.25 against, it is hard to look past one of tennis’s traditional big four raising the trophy aloft come the day of the men’s final on Sunday 12 July.

In the women’s tournament, second seed Petra Kvitova will have her work cut out to defend her title faced with the challenge of a resurgent Serena Williams, who battled illness as well as her fellow competitors to win the French Open earlier this month. Most bookmakers have Kvitova priced at 7/2 to win her third Wimbledon title, but the bookies’ favourite is clear when comparing that price to odds of 7/4 with BetVictor for Williams to earn her 21st career Grand Slam this July.

Maria Sharapova won her first and only Wimbledon title in 2004, and despite having won all three other Grand Slam titles since, she remains hungry for success in SW19 this time around. “With hard work, I know what I can do,” declared the Russian number one, and her spot as fourth seed and best price for victory at 10/1 with Winner leaves her well-placed to go deep into the tournament’s second week.

Some slightly daft but nevertheless worth a look betting options come courtesy of William Hill. Nadal and Sharapova may be forced to rein in their on-court clamouring, with a price of 8/1 hanging over any player cautioned for excessive grunting. Heaven forfend the official caterers should run out of tournament staples champagne or strawberries and cream, but that hasn’t stopped the bookmaker countenancing such a nightmare scenario at a price of 33/1. The less said about the chances of snow falling on centre court during the championship at 250/1, the better.

Tom Lewis
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