There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title in 2017 – the emotion of his achievement evident for all to see.
The Swiss ace became the most decorated champion at SW19 in history, beating the previous record set by the irrepressible Pete Sampras. Federer became just the second player in the Open era to lift the trophy without dropping a set.
That’s not bad for a bloke who will turn 37 in August this year, and while he is clearly approaching the end of his career Federer had two majors to defend this year following his win in the 2017 Australian Open. He has successfully defended the Australian Open, can he do the same at Wimbledon?
After losing his throne to Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal at various points in the past decade, Federer is back and playing as well as ever. But can he claim a historic ninth title on the grass in 2018?
1. Wimbledon 2018 Odds
Murray was forced to withdraw from the tournament and that left Federer and Nadal as the two main contenders for the Wimbledon crown. There was little doubt Federer was going to make the second week of the competition and the Swiss has progressed without losing set. As long as he remains in the tournament, Federer will be the bookmakers favourite.
The return to form of Rafa Nadal has been staggering; the Spaniard looked all but beaten in 2016 when injury concerns threatened to end his career prematurely. He roared back to form in 2017, claiming two majors and reaching the final of a third.
Nadal’s record at Wimbledon is not great but this year, he had passed the fourth round of the tournament for this first time since 2011. The second seed has yet to drop a set and could make a tremendous final with Federer.
As for Novak Djokovic, 2018 is a huge year. An elbow injury derailed his campaign last year and he failed to shine at the Australian Open, reaching the fourth round before being eliminated at the quarter-final of the French Open. However, Djokovic reached the final of the Fever-Tree Championship and will feel very confident of at least reaching the semi-final at Wimbledon.
Many bookmakers have Djokovic as their second favourite, behind Federer.
2. The Outsider
There was a nice trend of outsiders performing well in the majors in 2017, and that gives hope to punters who enjoy having a bet on a long odds tip.
Milos Raonic entered Wimbledon 2018 as the 13th seed and while that’s unlucky for some, the Canadian has emerged as a genuine outsider for the tournament. Raonic has twice reached the semi-final at Wimbledon and went all the way to the final in 2016, losing to Murray in the final. However, Raonic defeated Federer in the semi-final that year and reached the final of the Mercedes Cup in Germany earlier this year.
If you fancy backing an outsider at Wimbledon 2018, Raonic could be your man.
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