We’re halfway through the men’s singles tournament at Wimbledon and virtually every top seed remains in the competition, with Robin Soderling the most notable player to exit at the third round stage.
It means that the so-called ‘Big Four’ are still standing and Roger Federer’s three routine victories means that the Swiss is favourite with most firms – Boylesports (£20 free bet) being the only bookmaker to currently offer 2/1 about the six-time champion.
Federer has barely put a foot wrong so far and Mikhail Youzhny lies in wait for him in the fourth round before a potential meeting against David Ferrer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
In the other half of the draw, Rafael Nadal has also made relatively smooth progress, although most neutrals observed that Gilles Muller was toe-to-toe with the reigning champions for two sets of their third round match.
Even so, the Spaniard demonstrated killer instinct to win both tie breaks and he is now available at odds of 5/2 with Ladbrokes (£30 free betting) to claim a third Wimbledon title. He has the momentum after recording victory at the French Open although many don’t think he’s bang on top form.
He will also face a very tricky fourth round match against Juan Martin Del Potro, with the Argentine steadily improving as the tournament progresses and the 2009 US Open winner is a 50/1 chance (Boylesports) whose odds will tumble should he record victory against Nadal.
Novak Djokovic is breathing down the neck of the top two as far as his odds are concerned and it must be remembered that the Serbian has only lost one match during 2011, that being the French Open semi-final against Roger Federer.
Djokovic was made to work very hard for victory in his third round match against Marcos Baghdatis and it is clear that he is not playing at the top of his game. Whether that is down to a struggle with the surface or something else remains to be seen, although Stan James are prepared to take him on with their quote of 10/3.
Which brings us on to Andy Murray, the British hope in the tournament who needed four sets to beat Ivan Ljubicic on Friday night. At times, Murray is capable of breath-taking tennis, although his petulance on court does not seem to do him any favours.
While many firms are as short as 5/1 about the Brit winning Wimbledon, Boylesports are taking on Murray with their 7/1 quote and it appears that he might struggle against Richard Gasquet in his fourth round match on Monday.
Gasquet is a 100/1 shot with Betfred to claim his first Grand Slam title, with Tomas Berdych now the fifth favourite (40/1 William Hill – £25 free bets) after some reasonably stout performances.