According to the bookmakers, there are only four men that can win the Wimbledon singles this year, with fifth favourite Juan Martin Del Potro on offer at 50/1 with Victor Chandler.
Most firms make Roger Federer the favourite to claim a seventh Wimbledon victory, with the Swiss having plenty of opportunities to win the French Open final against Rafael Nadal. Since then, the world number three has pulled out of the ATP Halle tournament, although his fitness levels are thought to be extremely good.
Federer is a best price 9/4 with Betfred (£50 free bet) and a potential rematch against Nadal is on the cards at SW19, with the players on opposite sides of the draw and many neutrals hoping to see them clash again after the epic Wimbledon final of 2008 where the Spaniard won 9-7 in the final set.
Nadal is available at 5/2 (William Hill – £25 free bets) to win his third Wimbledon title, having claimed a comfortable win over Tomas Berdych last year and the world number one might have to win this Grand Slam tournament to preserve his number one ranking. The slight question mark is the fact that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat him at Queen’s, although whether Nadal played that tournament at full pelt is another matter.
A potential semi-final could pit Nadal against Andy Murray and that would be an encounter to savour, with the Brit coming into this tournament full of confidence after winning Queen’s, a victory which included an amazing semi-final win over Andy Roddick.
Murray naturally has the albatross around his neck of never having won a Grand Slam event, while he has also failed to reach a Wimbledon final, although he is starting to show a new level of maturity and Betfred are the only bookmaker to still quote 6/1 about the Scot.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is the final player who has a clear chance of winning Wimbledon, with the Serb having lost just one match in 2011 – that was against Federer at the 2011 French Open. Previously to this, the Australian Open champion was beating Nadal for fun on clay, although he has never reached a Wimbledon semi-final.
Even so, Djokovic is 4/1 with Ladbrokes and that looks a big price on the basis that he has only lost one match this year, an unbelievable statistic that all started with his Davis Cup heroics for Serbia.
There are a handful of players that are capable of reaching the semi-finals and that includes Robin Soderling (50/1 Ladbrokes – £30 free betting) as well as two players who know what it takes to reach a Wimbledon final. Andy Roddick (50/1 Betfred) came desperately close to winning in 2009 and Berdych was beaten by Nadal in last year’s final.