Just three weeks after the heartbreaking loss for Andy Murray on Centre Court, the world’s best tennis players are back at Wimbledon for the Olympic tennis tournament. For everyone besides Roger Federer and Serena Williams it is a chance for revenge, but these two will not be easy to beat on their favourite surface.
Federer and Williams have won 17 Wimbledon titles between them, and after both won their respective singles this year, their dominance on grass is almost undisputed in the current era.
Federer and Novak Djokovic will start the tournament as joint-favourites at around 7/4. After seeing the way he disposed of Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-final it seems almost fate that the great Federer will win an Olympic Gold in his career.
Rafael Nadal has sadly pulled out, citing that he was in no condition to take part, and would not have made it through the competition without having to retire. This would not have been an easy decision for the Spaniard, as he had already made public of his desire to defend his Olympic Crown from 2008, and especially as he was due to carry his national flag at the opening ceremony. Without Nadal, Djokovic and Federer will be seeded at opposite ends of the draw, and so they will not be destined to meet until the final, what a final that should be.
Outside the top 2, Britain’s Andy Murray should have an excellent chance of winning a medal, but the colour is likely to be bronze unless he can beat either of the world’s top 2 in a potential semi-final. After his performances in reaching the final at Wimbledon, Murray showed that he has the temperament to perform on the big stage in front of a home crowd, the issue is that Djokovic and Federer are sadly in a different class.
Besides the world’s top 3, there are really only three other players that have any chance of winning a medal on the grass of SW19. Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro, Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and German Thomas Berdych are the only players in the draw that have a realistic chance of getting to the later stages of the tournament, due to their grass court abilities. Berdych may have lost in the first-round at Wimbledon this year, but in reaching the final a few years ago he showed his grass-court potential.
LADIES: On the women’s side, Serena Williams is the firm 7/4 favourite to lift her second title of the summer at Wimbledon. Williams was back to her best and despite being taken to three sets on a trio of occasions, when she needed to perform she was in a different class to her opponents. In the final, Radwanska may have taken Williams to three sets, but in the two sets Williams won, she only dropped three games.
The greatest threat to the Gold medal for Williams will come from Maria Sharapova, who suffered an early exit at Wimbledon 2012, and possibly from Victoria Azarenka who lost in the semi-final to Williams. Both these women have the power and all round game to beat Williams, who will have to be at her very best.
If you are looking for a negative, there could be a doubt that the favourite can retain her form after only recently returning from a length lay-off. For this reason, at around 6/1 the value bet may be Azarenka.
Olympic Tennis Tips Betting Advice
- Roger Federer to win Gold at 7/4 with Bet365, Paddy Power & Stan James. (Andy Murray to win Bronze)
- Victoria Azarenka to win Gold at 6/1 with Betfred, Paddy Power & Ladbrokes.