This year’s Wimbledon championship started out on a regular note with no major upsets in the first few rounds. There are some strong challengers and amongst them are seasoned veterans who were out of the top rankings. But it is such presence that makes this year’s championship one of the most exciting. This is the time in the championship when the favourites have found their rhythm and settled into a comfortable run for the crown. With the weather being relatively fair this time, there have not been many delays either. The sliding roof on centre court still attracts a lot of attention even though this is not the first year that it is being used.
The odds seemed to heavily stacked in favour of Novak Djokovic winning the Wimbledon championship at 2/1. Betfair gives these odds for the Serb as against 16/5 for Andy Murray, 9/2 for Rafael Nadal, 6/1 for Roger Federer, and 18/1 for Grigor Dimitrov.
The crowd favourite and defending champion Andy Murray looks to be in good form this year after having broken a long drought of a Brit not having the grass surface major since Fred Perry in 1936. He is the first Brit to have done it in the open era of the championship. The Scot from Glasgow had a smooth ride winning all his first round matches without dropping a set. He now enters the round of 16 where he faces the South African Kevin Anderson.
The others who could be serious challenges to Murray so far would be the seven-time championship winner Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and the newest entrant as a strong contender for the crown, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who is nicknamed Baby Fed on the tour because of his playing style.
Roger Federer looked solid through all his opening games, his age not being a deterrent to the champion that he is. Rafael Nadal though nagged by injury in the past displayed ample athleticism on-court and fresh from his win at Roland Garros is a serious contender. However, his ascent to the round of 16 has not been as smooth compared to his fellow contenders. Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov along with the others are sure to provide some spectacular tennis in the coming week at the All England Tennis Racquet and Croquet club as with every year. Betfair odds promise a great tournament ahead.