Djokovic triumphed at SW19 twelve months ago after getting to grips with grass and there was everything to like about his four-set win over Nadal following on from a demolition of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final.
The Serbian has continued winning Grand Slam events since that triumph, landing his first US Open title at the end of last year before claiming a third Australian crown, while Djokovic will also be encouraged by the way he battled back against Nadal in the 2012 French Open final before losing in four sets.
The 25-year-old is a best price 13/8 (Coral free bets) to claim a second Wimbledon title and is certainly ready to begin his defence which could see him play Federer in the semi-final before another potential classic against Nadal.
Djokovic said in a press conference: “I’m playing with more self-belief on this surface, which is the rarest surface we have now in sport. I realised my dreams last year. I played a perfect tournament.”
Nadal has two Wimbledon titles to his name and eleven Grand Slam achievements, with the Spaniard triumphing in this tournament in 2008 and 2010, so some people would suggest it’s another even-numbered year for the Majorcan to make his mark.
The bookies will give you odds of 9/4 (William Hill) about the French Open champion going all the way and Nadal will feel confident of getting the better of Djokovic considering he withstood a comeback at Roland Garros and there was also little to separate the two players in the Australian Open.
Roger Federer is a bigger price to win Wimbledon (51 Blue Square) than he has been for several years and the Swiss has some hard work ahead of him to win what would be a historic seventh crown at SW19, although 2009 was the last time he claimed the title in this competition.
Defeat to Tommy Haas in the Gerry Weber Open final wasn’t in the script although Federer can come to life at Wimbledon and will be looking to make amends following a surprise quarter final exit at the hands of Tsonga twelve months ago where the Frenchman mounted an impressive comeback.
Few people are tipping Andy Murray to go all the way and break his Grand Slam duck, with Murray’s form looking particularly ropey ahead of this tournament and odds of 12/1 (BetVictor bookmaker) are now on offer.
Tsonga looks better value at 40/1 (Sportingbet) considering he can be a threat to any of the top players, while Queen’s winner Marin Cilic is as big as 200/1.