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Added June 19th, 2010 by Jonas

Why Wimbledon is more interesting than ever
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So on Monday it starts. The most prestigious and I would also say interesting tennis event of the year. Why the most interesting? Here is a bunch of reasons.

1. Federer hasn’t looked his usual spectacular self since January. Can he come back to that form in his favorite event?
2. How are Nadal’s knees? Is he going to be fit? Can he win his second title? Are we in for a new “Fedal” match?
3. Andy Roddick won many hearts last year when he fought like a bull to almost, almost beat Federer in the final. Many hope that Roddick can repeat the feat and take it one step further.
4. There are many interesting young names and dark horses to look at. Isner, Querrey, Dolgopolov, Cilic, Soderling to name a few.
5. There are big names with question marks around them. How is Djokovic feeling about his chances? He has looked pretty mediocre of late. Same with Andy Murray who, like Federer, also seem to have an Australian Open hangover.

Now let’s take a quick look at the first round and the most interesting matches:

Olivier Rochus vs Novak Djokovic. If you bet at Bodog you get 5 times your money on a Rochus win. This is a pretty good deal considering Djokovics weak form of late AND that their H2H is 3-1 in Rochus favor! Can be the biggest upset of the first round.

Xavier Malisse vs Juan-Carlos Ferrero. Very tough to pick, but the fact that you get 2.10 on a Ferrero win at Bodog is surprising. Ferrero is a great grass court player, he won their last year encounter in Queens in two straight sets and he has never lost a first round in Wimbledon. But I think the odds compilers consider Malisse’s good run in the warm-up tournaments Queens and Eastborne and that is why they make him the favorite. I still think Ferrero will win…in five!

Feliciano Lopez vs Jesse Levine. I would put a question mark on Lopez here as he had to retire in his last match, just a few days ago due to a shoulder injury. I think there is a chance he still might be feeling that.

Robin Haase vs James Blake. You get a nice 2.62 (at Bodog) on an upset for Haase here. Why not? James Blake has been away from tennis for a while due to injuries and he had to cancel the warm-up tournaments. He shouldn’t be ready for Wimbledon.

Many put a small question mark around Soderling who has a tough match in Ginepri in the first round. Ginepri is a good player but I don’t think he can beat Soderling over five sets, despite having won their last encounter in Chennai.

So what kind of pairing did Federer and Nadal get?

Federer was lucky. He plays an opponent he has beaten four times without losing a set, Alejandro Falla. Fed-fans don’t need to be nervous about that one.

Nadal has a more difficult task in Japanese talent Kei Nishikori, but as long as his knees hold up I can’t see him losing a set.

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2 Responses to “Why Wimbledon is more interesting than ever”

  1. Bobby says:

    Do you see anyone being able to win the Wimbledon other than Nadal or Federer? I want to place a bet on the winner here but the prices for Nadal and Federer aren’t that attractive.

  2. Jonas says:

    Hi Bobby, and thanks for commenting. This one is quite tough, but there are only five guys that could win and Nadal and Federer are on a different level than the other three (Djokovic, Murray, and Roddick). Looking at the Odds at Bodog which is one of my favorite sportbooks, you get 3.50 times your money on Nadal, which is my absolute favorite to win.

    If you want to be a bit more risky there is a real dark horse in Leyton Hewitt, who won Halle and beat Federer in the final there. You get a nice 21 times your money on him, also on Bodog. Steve Tignor at tennis.com picks him as a finalist, but also got him losing to Nadal in the final.

    I think the strongest bet after Nadal and Federer is actually Murray. He will be carried on the shoulders of the home crowd and that could give him the boost that takes him all the way. You get 8 times your money on him, not bad.

    Then we have Roddick who definitely can repeat last year’s fantastic performance if he is in good shape. I would pick Roddick as a winner over Djokovic any day of the week.

    But still, despite that you can risk it with Roddick, Djokovic, and Murray, the fact remains that it is most likely that we will actually have a Fedal where Rafael Nadal will triumph. Good luck with your bets and tell me how it went!

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