Big four march on in the men’s while the women’s tournament is wide open.
It’s been a terrific Wimbledon so far with some great tennis and plenty of upsets.
The big four men have all managed to successfully negotiate the first week while the exits of Serena Williams and Li Na have blown the women’s tournament wide open. Keep reading for our preview of the second week at Wimbledon.
Top four seeds heading for semi-final showdowns
The last four Wimbledon men’s singles titles have been won by Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal and all four men had little to worry them in the opening week.
Andy Murray has been in imperious form so far and has cruised into the second week with the minimum of fuss. The Scot has played really well and is now the 14/5 second favourite for the tournament – but remember he’s in the same half of the draw as Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic is the 9/5 favourite this year and he has reached at least the semi-final stage in each of the last four years. The Serb has a couple of tricky matches before a potential semi-final meeting with Murray and we think the winner of that match-up will go onto win the tournament.
Rafael Nadal is in better physical shape than in the last couple of years but has dropped a set in each of his matches so far. He had to dig deep to beat Lukas Rosol at a set and a break down and we think he may become vulnerable when he faces a real grass court specialist – a Raonic or a Nishikori, perhaps.
Roger Federer has yet to drop a set this year and the 32 year old looks to have a relatively straightforward route to the semi-finals where he would potentially play his old nemesis Nadal. The 9/2 looks good value.
Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka has got further at Wimbledon this year than at any time in the last five years but the scheduling means he’ll have to win five matches in seven days to take the title. Gregor Dimitrov is available at 13/1 while Milos Raonic is a tempting 35/1.
Sharapova the new favourite as seeds fall
In the run-up to Wimbledon we said of Serena Williams that we’re not sure she offers much value at 6/5’, a tip that was well and truly on the money as the former champion was dispatched by the French number one Alize Cornet in round three and her departure means the competition is wide open.
We tipped the number three seed Simona Halep at 14/1 before the tournament began and the Romanian has successfully negotiated the first week. She is in the tougher half of the draw and a potential semi-final against Maria Sharapova or Eugenie Bouchard is a tantalising prospect. Halep is now into 8/1.
Our other outside bet Sabine Lisicki will potentially meet Halep in the quarter finals and last year’s beaten finalist will take some beating on grass. The German is 9/1.
The value looks to lie in the bottom half of the draw where only two of the world’s top 15 remain. Caroline Wozniacki has only lost eleven games so far in the tournament and the former world number one is playing really well. In an open draw the Dane looks to offer great value at 17/1.
We also like the chances of Agnieska Radwanska. The Polish fourth seed reached the final in 2012 and the semi-finals last year and has progressed easily so far. You can back Radwanska at 6/1.
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