Wimbledon 2016 Betting Tips (Starts Monday 27th June)
Djokovic and Murray look set for Wimbledon final showdown
Name the finalists – Novak Djokovic & Andy Murray @ 7/4 (2.75) with bet365
To Win 3rd Quarter (Men’s) – Dominic Thiem @ 7/2 (4.50) with bet365
To Win 3rd Quarter (Women’s) – Madison Keys @ 3/1 (4.00) with Paddy Power
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have already contested the finals of both of this year’s Grand Slam events but, had you had put money on them contesting any of the four major finals in 2016 at the start of the year, Wimbledon would have been the obvious bet.
So what of the other contenders? Roger Federer is arguably the finest player of all time, but age and injuries are clearly kicking in. He missed the French Open due to a back injury and hasn’t won a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon in 2012. There’s little reason to suggest that will change this year unless Djokovic and Murray are early casualties.
Injuries have long hampered Rafael Nadal and he withdrew from Wimbledon well in advance of this year’s tournament anyway. Stan Wawrinka would also now appear to be a tad past his peak and he has never been terribly comfortable on grass courts anyway, having never been beyond the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
Nobody from the younger generation has made a major breakthrough over the last few years, so there’s little reason to believe that the likes of Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrgios or Grigor Dimitrov will be contesting the final at SW19.
The 22-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem is the current new hope and, after a semi-final appearance at the French Open, he recently secured his first grass court trophy when he beat Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.
The draw looks to have been reasonably kind to Thiem, having avoided any of Djokovic, Murray or Federer he’s been placed in the same quarter as Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych (always dangerous on grass) and the supremely talented, but frequently injured, Juan Martin del Potro. Thiem looks to have every chance of reaching the semi-finals as a consequence.
In the women’s event, Madison Keys could go a long way in the tournament. The 21-year-old American has a big serve that should be suited to Wimbledon and is in a decent part of the draw where Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Ana Ivanovic are her main rivals.