While tennis isn’t the first sport that springs to mind when you think of the Olympics, this tournament clearly means a lot to the world’s top players, with Rafael Nadal expressing huge disappointment that he will be missing out through injury.
The Spaniard was victorious in Beijing four years ago and the way is now open for someone else to be standing on top of the podium, with Roger Federer seeded one after his awesome Wimbledon 2012 victory which saw the Swiss land his seventh major at SW19.
Federer can be backed at 11/5 (Stan James free bets) to triumph and he does already have a gold medal to his name after partnering Stan Wawrinka in the men’s singles four years ago.
However, Novak Djokovic will have been hurting after his four sets semi-final defeat to Federer at Wimbledon last month and the Serbian is the 7/4 (BetVictor) favourite to claim a gold medal, with Nole sure to be fired up as he always is when representing his country.
Djokovic is very patriotic and believes that being Serbian shapes his personality and desire to win, with the Djoker having had his number one ranking taken from him thanks to that Wimbledon defeat.
Murray is available at 6/1 (Betfred bookmaker) and will have taken a great deal of confidence from his performance in south-west London last month and wouldn’t it just be typical if he went and won an Olympic gold having failed to land a major so far in his career.
However, it is strange that Murray is 6/1 when David Ferrer can be backed at 33/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) and the Spaniard will be his country’s best chance of landing a gold medal following the withdrawal of Nadal.
Ferrer was outstanding at Wimbledon and was somewhat unfortunate to lose his quarter final against Murray after winning the first set on a tie-break and looking as though he should have claimed a second on a breaker.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga offered less opposition to Murray a round later although the Frenchman is a dangerous opponent, while Juan Martin Del Potro will be representing Argentina and hoping for an improved showing after losing to Ferrer in straight sets.