Wimbledon men’s odds: In-form Berrettini slashed but champion Djokovic still the man to beat
Djokovic big favourite in Wimbledon men’s odds
The Wimbledon draw has been made ahead of the start of the tournament on Monday but some of the world’s biggest players will be missing when the men’s singles gets under way.
Eight-time champion Roger Federer has not played in 12 months and is out following knee surgery last year, as is world number two Alexander Zverev who underwent an operation to repair torn ankle ligaments he sustained in the French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal.
The 36-year-old Spaniard is hopeful of being able to play at Wimbledon after undergoing treatment for his chronic foot problem despite being pictured on crutches after winning his 14th French Open title a few weeks ago.
With Russian players Daniil Medvedev, the new world number one, and Andrey Rublev banned because of their country’s invasion of Ukraine and no ranking points on offer to any player, we’re looking at the Wimbledon men’s odds.
Djokovic has dropped to third in the world rankings and although he did not play in any grass-court tournaments in the build-up to Wimbledon, he beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-1 in an exhibition at the Hurlingham Club.
The 35-year-old Serb is now two grand slams behind Nadal’s 22 and with doubts surrounding his participation at the US Open because of his Covid vaccination status, Djokovic will be keen to make a successful defence of his title for which he remains the heavy favourite to win at SW19 for a seventh time.
Chances: Gets his campaign under way against Kwon Soon-woo and is absolutely the man to beat even without competing in a warm-up tournament.
The ATP’s decision to strip Wimbledon of its ranking points because of the All England Club’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players will hit last year’s runner-up Berrettini hard but back-to-back titles have seen his odds cut from 8/1 to 11/2 second favourite for maiden grand slam success.
What a week it's been…
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The big-serving Italian, who starts against Cristian Garin, missed the whole of the clay-court season having undergone a minor operation on his right hand but returned in style by winning the Stuttgart title, beating Andy Murray in the final, which he followed by successfully defending his title at Queen’s.
Chances: Four of his seven titles have been won on grass and Berrettini has to be considered a major threat with one of the most dangerous weapons in the sport. Scheduled to meet Nadal in the semis.
Nadal won the French Open despite taking anaesthetic injections and anti-inflammatories every day which left him with no feeling in his foot.
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Encouraged by the reaction of his foot to nerve treatment, Nadal had a couple of exhibition matches against Stan Wawrinka and Auger-Aliassime in the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic at Hurlingham so it looks likely he will be making his first appearance at Wimbledon in three years.
Chances: Nadal, who starts against Francisco Cerundolo, last won Wimbledon 12 years ago but with a bit of luck and a pain-free run, the semis or final look plausible.
The new kid on the block is making only his second appearance at Wimbledon but the world number seven is the fourth favourite based on a stunning first half of the season which has yielded four titles, three of which came on clay.
The Spanish teenager needed five sets to get past Yasutaka Uchiyama on his SW19 debut 12 months ago and then took just seven games off Medvedev in the second round, so his lack of experience on this surface may count against him.
A right elbow injury saw him pull out of the cinch Championships at Queen’s Club and it was heavily strapped as Alcaraz played his first match on grass at the exhibition Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic at the Hurlingham Club on Thursday ahead of a tough opener against Jan-Lennard Struff.
Chances: Alcaraz did not play in any grass tournaments in the build-up to Wimbledon and played down his chances of winning the tournament when he said: “I don’t think this year it’s going to be my surface. For sure in the future I can play pretty good on this surface if I play tournaments before Wimbledon.”
Hurkacz is the fifth favourite in the Wimbledon odds ahead of his opening match against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and as a natural on grass the Pole could repeat his excellent run to the last four from 12 months ago during which he beat Medvedev and Federer.
Hurkacz beat Auger-Aliassime, Nick Kyrgios and Medvedev in successive matches to win his first grass-court title at the Halle Open a couple of weeks ago which saw him return to the world’s top 10 and his men’s Wimbledon odds drop from 22/1 to 14/1.
Chances: Hurkacz is in the same half of the draw as Djokovic but the pair are not scheduled to meet until the semi-finals so he will be hoping someone like Jannik Sinner can do him a favour.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication