Preview of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships
The 2013 Wimbledon Championships starts today, and is once again sure to provide some exciting matches and top class tennis. As always, much of the pre-tournament talk has been whether Great Britain can finally end their wait for a winner of this prestigious competition. Britain’s Andy Murray, last year’s beaten finalist, will no doubt be hoping so.
Murray comes into this year’s tournament off the back of a win at the Queen’s tournament last week. As Queen’s is played on grass, just like Wimbledon, this triumph will surely put Murray in a positive frame of mind. Of course, he also won it last year only to lose the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer.
Since then, though, Murray has gone on to win the gold medal at the London Olympics – where all the tennis was played at Wimbledon – and also win the US Open, his first grand slam. He’s certainly got an excellent chance here, and at a price of 4/1 he represents excellent value in the betting.
His biggest threat is Novak Djokovic. The Serbian has gone over a year without a slam and will be keen to get another under his belt. He is the favorite in the betting, at around even money. Rafa Nadal is likely to be there or thereabouts too; he is in great form but question marks remain about his troublesome knees. Federer has not had the best of years so far, by his high standards, but you can never rule him out Wimbledon.
It is hard to see the winner coming from outside this group of four players, but shocks are not unheard of in this tournament. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is probably the pick of the outsiders, and you get a bet on him at odds as long as 40/1, but he’ll have to play to the very best of his ability. David Ferrer is another long shot (around 50/1), and he does like the grass surface.
A Murray-Djokovic final is predicted by most though, and the smart money has to be on one of these two really.
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