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Wimbledon win does not make Federer favourite for Olympic gold

| 11.07.2012

Roger Federer seemingly has it all going for him heading into the Olympics and so the fact that he is not favourite to win the gold medal is slightly surprising.

Federer is 3/1 to claim the gold and this is the only individual accolade missing from his tennis resume, which surely only acts a further incentive to perform well.

His Wimbledon victory was not only his seventh at SW19, but also ensured that he returned to the top of the ATP rankings, ahead of Novak Djokovic.

So Federer heads into the Olympics as the best player in the world, with five titles to his name already in 2012, alongside winning the lucrative ATP World Tour Finals at the conclusion of last season.

Some punters may point to his failures at Olympics before, losing as the top seed to James Blake in the quarter finals in Beijing and from the same position being dumped out by Tomas Berdych in the second round in 2004.

However, these tournaments were not on Federer’s favoured grass, which must give him a considerable advantage over his chief rivals.

Therefore with Federer the top player in world tennis on grass and arriving in better form than anybody else, he looks hard to oppose.

Defending Olympic champion Rafael Nadal is also 3/1, but his knee problems make him hard to support for the Olympics, with Andy Murray 5/1.

Djokovic is the 2/1 favourite in the Wimbledon odds and has improved tremendously since taking bronze four years ago.

He was not helped by the roof having to be utilised in his Wimbledon semi-final defeat to Federer and if the sun shines during the Olympics, this would be a boost to his chances of gaining a measure of redemption.

Federer is at his best indoors when factors including wind and sun are taken out of the equation and should the rain carry on falling into next month, he will be extremely tough to beat.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.