Murray Top Wimbledon Grand Slam Men’s Seed
This week sees the start of the 2017 Wimbledon Grand Slam, with the main draw commencing on Monday giving Aussie sports betting fans two weeks of top tennis to punt on. At the time of writing, Scottish defending champion Andy Murray was preparing for his first-round match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, who qualified as a lucky loser.
Murray is the top seed in the men’s singles, despite his first-round knockout in June’s Aegon Queen’s Club Championship. However, he dropped to fourth-favourite in the betting odds, at around $6.50, after withdrawing from two recent exhibition matches with hip problems. However, he seems to be fit again.
Federer and Djokovic Lead the Betting
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are respectively second and thirds seeds at Wimbledon, although they are reversed in the betting. The Swiss legend is having an excellent year, after winning the Australian Open for the fifth time to bring his career total to 18 Grand Slams, then taking a ninth Halle last month. He’s after his sixth Wimbledon singles’ title, and he tops the betting at around $2.50.
Djokovic is being offered at around $5.00. The Serb is in the same half of the draw as Federer, and he has won 23 of the 45 matches they have played against each other. Their 15-match Grand Slam rivalry is the longest in tennis, and Djokovic also has three Wimbledon titles under his belt and 12 Grand Slams in total. His last big win was at the 2016 Australian Open, although he did make the final of last year’s US Open, where he fell to Stan Wawrinka.
Wawrinka and Nadal the Dark Horses
Wawrinka also won the Australian Open in 2014 and the French Open in 2015, so he hopes to complete his Grand Slam set at Wimbledon. Bookies are offering around $30.00 on him, as he has never made it past the quarter-finals at the London tournament, and he is seeded fifth.
However, apart from Federer, Djokovic and Murray, only one other men’s player has won Wimbledon in the past 14 years: current fourth seed Rafael Nadal. He’s won 15 Grand Slam titles, two of them at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010. He was also runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2011, and with his triumphant return from injury with his 10th French Open victory this year, he’s definitely a contender. He’s being offered, like Djokovic, at around $5.00