The grass-court spectacular that is Wimbledon tends to signal the start of summer for sport enthusiasts and the action is set to come alive at the All England Club for two weeks beginning on Monday.
In the men’s showpiece, all eyes will be on seven-time champion Novak Djokovic as he bids to move alongside Swiss superstar Roger Federer on eight Wimbledon wins.
The Serbian has not suffered defeat at Wimbledon since 2017, winning on each of the last four occasions, and he heads to London full of confidence having claimed the opening two Grand Slams of the season in Australia and France.
The 36-year-old is 8/13 to successfully defend his crown but there is a younger brigade hoping to end his grass-court dominance, which includes world number one Carlos Alcaraz who is 7/2 to land the silverware after his recent triumph at Queen’s Club.
Wimbledon Betting Tips
- Novak Djokovic to win @ 8/13
- Sebastian Korda each-way @ 40/1
- Sebastian Korda to win quarter two @ 4/1
Novak Djokovic to win outright @ 8/13
Only four men have won Wimbledon since 2003 but with Federer having retired, Rafael Nadal out injured and home favourite Andy Murray not the force he once was, it looks down to Djokovic to keep that trend going.
Since claiming his maiden Wimbledon title in 2011, the Serb has failed to make the All England Club final in only three of the last ten renewals.
The 36-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, having lifted six of the last eight Grand Slam titles, and since Federer’s demise he has been far superior to anybody else on the hallowed turf of Wimbledon.
Djokovic has won four consecutive titles in SW19 – his last loss came when he was forced to retire during his 2017 quarter-final defeat to Tomas Berdych – and he knows this surface better than any other rival in the men’s draw.
This season’s wins at the Australian Open and the French equivalent, which is played on his most vulnerable surface in clay, show he is still operating to the top of his game and his early draw looks a good one.
Young pretender Alcaraz is considered to be his chief title rival but the Spaniard has a trickier route to navigate to the final and, even so, was no match for Djokovic when they met in the French Open semi-final last month.
Sebastian Korda each-way @ 40/1
Sebastien Korda to win quarter two @ 4/1
After winning at Queen’s Club last month, many are expecting Alcaraz to build on that with a run to the final of Wimbledon.
However, the Spaniard has some tough early tests and is a short enough price given he could make only the fourth round of Wimbledon last term.
Alcaraz may come through the top quarter of the draw but one player that appears to have been underestimated in the market is giant American Sebastian Korda.
Korda is housed in the second quarter but it looks a winnable section with Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, the two top seeds in that part of the draw, yet to fully adapt their games to the grass.
The potential third-round clash between Korda and Cameron Norrie could prove key but the American defeated the Briton 6-4 7-6 on his way to the Queen’s Club semi-final last time out.
Having missed last year’s event through injury, the 22-year-old is making just his second Wimbledon start but his debut effort in 2021 saw him make the fourth round, when he lost 10-8 in a thrilling fifth set to Karen Khachanov.
Korda, who was a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open earlier in the season, should have learned plenty from that experience and he has a game that should be perfectly complemented by the grass.
The American looks a solid wager at 4/1 to win quarter two and that should also ensure he outruns outright odds of 40/1.