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Wimbledon 2018 Odds: Favourites, Sleepers, and Predictions

Wimbledon 2018 Odds: Favourites, Sleepers, and Predictions

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Like a fine wine, Roger Federer seems to get better. He returns as the top-seed and odds-on favourite to defend his title. Meeting him will be a slew of contenders looking to either return to the top or finally break through. Federer will need to get through the likes of Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic. The resurgent Juan Martin Del Potro also looms.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams returns from a one-year absence and is one of the frontrunners alongside defending champion Garbine Muguruza and two-time champion Petra Kvitova. Both Williams and Kvitova may not be up-to-speed leaving the door open for Muguruza or a dark horse contender to steal the show.

We break down the top contenders and some sleepers heading into the tournament: 

*All odds courtesy of Sports Interaction

ATP: Federer Going Strong at 36

Roger Federer (Favourite)

  • Odds to win Wimbledon: +155

As the top-seed, Federer gets a favourable draw. The biggest threat he may run into would be either Sam Querrey (#11) or Kevin Anderson (#8) in the quarters. Then he moves on to the semis where he could rematch third-seed Marin Cilic whom he beat in last year’s final in straight sets.

In four of his last five Wimbledon appearances, Federer has made it to at least the semis and most of his losses have come against Novak Djokovic, who he might play in the final or not at all. It’s a foregone conclusion Federer at least makes the final.

Upsets happen like his 2013 second-round loss proved. But at plus-money, Federer is a must-bet.  

Roger Federer (+155)

Novak Djokovic

  • Odds to win Wimbledon: +525

Next to Federer, Djokovic is the next best contender to win the men’s side. The Serbian has battled injuries and hasn’t been able to recapture his 2015 form not advancing past the quarterfinals of a major since the start of 2017.

Seeded at 12, Djokovic also gets a rough draw in the middle brackets. He could end up facing rising star Dominic Thiem (#7) in the fourth round followed by 21-year-old wunderkind Alex Zverev (#4) in the quarterfinals. If he survives, he’ll take on one of Rafael Nadal (#2), Juan Martin Del Potro (#5) or Andy Murray in the semis.

Djokovic has the toughest road to the title. It’s tough to bet on him at his current price.

Novak Djokovic (+525)

The Other Contenders

  • Rafael Nadal’s Odd: +425
  • Marin Cilic’s Odds: +700
  • Juan Martin Del Potro’s Odds: +1825

The King of Clay isn’t much of a contender on grass. Nadal has two Wimbledon titles but hasn’t advanced past the fourth round since 2012. It’s not shocking to see him win the tournament the same way if he gets bounced before the third-round. He’s not worth betting even if his price doubles.

Cilic has slowly but consistently made progress and is most consistent at Wimbledon. He’s a solid contender even if he has a tough draw potentially facing the likes of Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov (#6). His true test comes in the semis where he must slay the dragon of Federer. At 7-1, he might be worth a look especially if Federer is upset.

Del Potro is the dark horse to watch. He has a steep bracket but have plenty of things going for him like Andy Murray not being 100 per cent or Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic potentially losing before they meet. He still faces an uphill battle but at his price, he’s a better bet than the other contenders. 

Juan Martin Del Potro (+1825)

WTA: Only Serena Can Beat Serena

Serena Williams

  • Odds to win Wimbledon: +600

Serena put on an admirable run in the French Open bowing out in the fourth round due to a pectoral muscle injury. The new mom is still the woman to beat despite all the questions regarding her health.

The last time Serena played at Wimbledon, she won back-to-back titles but being seeded 25th, she got a tough draw. She potentially faces fifth-seed Elina Svitolina in the third then 10th-seed Madison Keys right after then second-seed Caroline Wozniacki in the quarters and sister Venus or Azarenka in the semis.

On paper, Serena is still the best competitor but the deck has been stacked against her. She’s still the one player worth betting. Just don’t bet the house on her.

Serena Williams (+600)

The Other Contenders

  • Petra Kvitova’s Odds: +450
  • Garbine Muguruza’s Odds: +775
  • Venus William’s Odds: +3500

Kvitova won the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon but hasn’t made it out of the third round since. She has a bit of an easy draw with rising star Jelena Ostapenko (#12) as the only threat before the quarters. She then faces top-seed Simona Halep barring any upsets. Tough to find value at her price.

Muguruza will look to do something only the Williams sisters have done in the last 20 years: win consecutive Wimbledon titles. The third-seed got a testy draw and will face legitimate opponents as soon as the fourth-round then potentially faces former champions in Serena and Kvitova. It’s unlikely she repeats but her price is at least better than Kvitova.

A lot will have to happen for Venus to win her first Wimbledon title in a decade. She was a finalist last year and a semifinalist the year before. She’s unlikely to beat the top dogs but if upsets happen, she is a solid underdog bet to shock the world. At 35-1, she’s worth a stab.

Venus Williams (+3500)

2018 Wimbledon – Schedule of Play

Date

Session

Gates Open

Play Starts Outer Courts

Play Starts Show Courts

Mon Jul 2

First Round

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Tues Jul 3

First Round

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Wed Jul 4

Second Round

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Thu Jul 5

Second Round

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Fri Jul 6

Third Round

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Sat Jul 7

Third Round

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Sun Jul 8

No Play

Mon Jul 9

Round of 16

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Tue Jul 10

Womens Quarterfinals

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Wed Jul 11

Mens Quarterfinals

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Thu Jul 12

Womens Semifinals

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Fri Jul 13

Mens Semifinals

10.30am

12.00pm

1.00pm

Sat Jul 14

Womens Finals

10.30am

12.00pm

2.00pm

Sun Jul 15

Mens Finals

10.30am

12.00pm

2.00pm

The FIFA World Cup and NHL free agency are in full swing but that doesn’t stop Canadians from tuning in to the Wimbledon. TSN has all the tennis coverage while these Canadian-friendly online sportsbooks cover Canadians’ betting needs. Read the reviews to find the best book for you.

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