It’s officially summer in the UK, with the Wimbledon tennis championship due to start Monday at the All England Club.
The men’s event looks wide open this year, and while Swiss legend Roger Federer is the most likely winner we are reluctant to take 2/1 on someone just short of their 36th birthday to win such a demanding tournament.
Instead we will look to betting on winners of a couple of the quarters of the draw.
Spanish great Rafa Nadal is favourite to win through the second quarter of the draw, but his record on grass is horrible, winning only 10 matches on the surface since 2012. Big serving Marin Cilic has reached the quarterfinals in each of the last three years, is now ranked a career high 6th in the world and made the final at Queens recently. A price of 4/1 to win this quarter seems value.
The other quarter that seems to offer potential is the fourth. Second seed Novak Djokovic has a great record here, and did win the Eastbourne warmup event this weekend. However, he doesn’t have the easiest draw. He potentially faces Juan Martin del Potro in the third round, who beat him here in the Olympics in 2012, and then probably Feliciano Lopez.
And it’s the Spaniard that interests us. He won at Queens a fortnight ago, and over the last month has beaten Wawrinka, Berdych, Cilic and Dimitrov, all on grass. He has reached the quarterfinals here three times before, and is quoted at 10/1 to go one better.
Cilic to win the second quarter at 4/1, 1 pt, Paddy Power
Lopez to win fourth quarter at 10/1, 1 pt, Paddy Power
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