Wimbledon Men’s Singles 2018 Odds
The third Grand Slam event on the tennis calendar is almost upon us and it’s also one of the biggest sporting occasions of the year. The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships start in London on July 2 and with a number of players returning from injury, we’re set for a strong field in the men’s singles.
The one major absentee is likely to be Andy Murray, although the two-time winner may yet appear after taking a wild card for Eastbourne in the coming week. Pundits seem to feel that the Scot will, however, sit out Wimbledon and Murray is notably absent from many bookmaker’s markets this week. With that in mind, just who is in contention down in SW19?
Defending men’s singles champion Roger Federer is back having skipped the French Open. He’s back on a much preferred surface and the Swiss is favourite to win again in 2018 at best odds of 7/4 with Ladbrokes and Coral.
Federer has enjoyed an incredible career resurgence in the last two years but form isn’t great right now and the veteran has just lost his number one ranking having suffered defeat to Borna Coric in Halle at the weekend.
One man who enjoyed a more productive week is Novak Djokovic who is making his own comeback after a long term injury. Djokovic narrowly lost to Marin Cilic at Queens on Sunday but the Serb has plenty of backing for Wimbledon and can be claimed at a top price of 11/2 with Black Type and BetBright.
He may have ultimately lost in a three set battle but this was Djokovic’s best performance since suffering that injury at Wimbledon twelve months ago and the signs are good that he can get back to his best.
Rafael Nadal is our most recent Grand Slam winner, having claimed an incredible eleventh French Open title at Roland Garros but he isn’t getting much support for the 2018 Wimbledon trophy.
We know that grass isn’t Nadal’s favoured surface but he has won Wimbledon twice and although the last of those victories came back in 2010, there will be some support for the Spaniard at odds of 7/1 with William Hill and 888Sport.
Slightly further back at a top price of 8/1 with 188Bet is Marin Cilic who will also get some interest following his hard fought victory over Novak Djokovic at Queens. Cilic could well be the man to watch from the chasing pack having been the beaten finalist at Wimbledon in 2017.
The Croatian also won the first Grand Slam of the year in Australia and will certainly be a player to consider again when we reach our round up.
Of the players attracting mid range prices, Alexander Zverev is available at odds of 14/1 with Ladbrokes and Black Type but he is as short as 8/1 in other places. The German is improving but has a poor record in Grand Slams and hasn’t been past the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Elsewhere, Nick Kyrgios maybe one to watch this year at 18/1 with BetBright and 10Bet. It will be some time before the Australian shakes off his image as the ‘bad boy of tennis’ but lately he’s been making headlines for more positive reasons and he will get some backing.
If you’re confident that Andy Murray will play and be competitive in this tournament, Unibet and 888Sport have best odds on the Scot at 25/1 while other names to mention in the outsiders’ section include Dominic Thiem at a top price of 50/1 with BetFred and possibly Borna Coric at 80/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa. The Croatian dismissed Federer in Germany and at 21, he looks to have a big future in the sport.
Other Betting Options
With exactly one week to go until the first ball is hit in anger, there are additional outright markets available. Punters can name the finalists but this is a slow market right now and it would certainly be wise to wait until the draw is made so that you don’t back two players who are seeded to meet each other before the final.
One market that could be of interest is that for Most Aces where an outsider such as the powerful John Isner could rise through the ranks to deliver a nice profit.
When Wimbledon starts, we can also look forward to the usual array of match markets including result betting, correct score and many more. It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks but who has the quality to come through and take the men’s title outright?
With Roger Federer coming to Wimbledon in mixed form, Novak Djokovic coming back from injury and Andy Murray widely expected to be absent, 2018 could be the year when the odds are upset and we get a first-time winner from among the chasing pack.
There will be some support for Rafa Nadal and he could take advantage of this situation but despite picking up those previous Wimbledon titles, the Spaniard’s record on grass seems to be deteriorating and we’re not convinced that Nadal will deliver.
Class is permanent and that’s why Federer is such a strong candidate for a ninth Wimbledon men’s singles trophy but even if form is only temporary, it can’t be ignored. At Queens, Novak Djokovic looked to be close to his best following that long lay off and we must remember that the Serb has won at SW19 on three previous occasions.
If all players were fully fit, then our preference would be to back Djokovic who was so dominant in the game for such a long time. The Serb looks set to return to his best at some stage but is Wimbledon 2018 just a little early in terms of expecting another Grand Slam win?
Marin Cilic also comes into the equation as the man with the best immediate form and we’ll commit to the Croatian as an Each Way punt based on his impressive performance at Queens. Novak Djokovic for the outright win almost made it on to the list of tips but we’ll play a little safer.
You can also wait and check on results from Eastbourne over the next few days but to get some decent ante post value, we’ll back Cilic as an E/W punt at a generous 8/1.
- Marin Cilic Each Way at 8/1 with 188Bet