The Contenders For the Men’s Wimbledon Title



I have previously written about Rafael Nadal’s infallibility on clay, but I am not about to make the same statement about Roger Federer and grass. He appears to be unbeatable, having taken his grass winning streak to 55 matches with a first round win in Halle, but his semi final defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Australian open and his mauling at the hands of Nadal in the French open final suggests his aura of invinciblity is broken.

I have identfied seven other potential winners from Betfair’s winner market, that Federer leads at odds of 2.26.

Rafael Nadal (4.9 to win) is in the form of his life. He has been bridging the gap between himself and Federer on grass and missed opportunities to win last year’s five set final. Confidence will be high after another dominant Roland Garros performance and this could be the year that the balance of power shifts at the top of the game.

Novak Djokovic (5.3) deserves his place in the mariobet giriş triangle of stars after breaking Federer’s hard court dominance at Melbourne. He had no answer to Nadal’s power in Paris but reached last year’s Wimbledon semi final, when injury curtailed his challenge when tied 1-1 in sets with the Spaniard.

Serious money can be made in Betfair’s markets on the next tier of challengers.

Big-serving Andy Roddick (26) possesses the perfect game for grass and was unlucky to run into a peak form Federer in the 2004 and 2005 finals. Quarter finalist last year and world number six, he is sure to get a good draw.

British hope Andy Murray (32) carries the weight of expectation, but he handled the pressure well in reaching the last 16 in 2006. A wrist injury forced him out of last year’s tournament and his all-round game should see him reach the last eight at least.

Mario Ancic (75) is one player who relishes the short grass season. His serve volleying prowess is perfectly suited to the fast surface and the 2004 semi finalist will be a dark horse that the big guns will want to avoid.

2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt (110) always does well in London, having reached at least the last eight three times since his win, as well as winning four Queen’s club titles. A steady slide down the rankings to 30th and a poor recent grand slam record (no semi finals in the last 10) does not disguise his skill on grass and battling qualities that get him through tight matches.

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