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Wimbledon 2016: Men's Preview
By Brodey Sheppard - June 21, 2016
Wimbledon 2016 will start on Monday June 27th from the world famous All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Coming off of his first French Open win, Novak Djokovic will be in the hunt for his third consecutive Wimbledon title. Meanwhile, Andy Murray will be out for revenge against his biggest rival after the two have tangled horns in three finals already this tennis season.
Tournament favourites’ odds vary between the top online bookmakers, but are around here:
- Novak Djokovic – 1.73
- Andy Murray – 4.50
- Roger Federer – 9.00
- Milos Raonic – 17.00
- Nick Kyrgios – 26.00
- Stan Wawrinka – 28.00
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Wimbledon 2016 Men’s Singles Tournament Favourites
Djokovic has won the last two Wimbledon tournaments, and thus far in 2016, the Serbian has won the two Grand Slams on offer. In fact, Djokovic holds all four Grand Slams at the moment, and has the opportunity to seal a win in each of the finals in the 2016 season.
It won’t be easy for the Serbian tennis superstar, however. French Open beaten finalist Andy Murray will be out for revenge against Djokovic. Murray will need more consistency if he is to win at Wimbledon this year. Murray has been beaten by Djokovic in the finals of this year’s Grand Slam tournaments – Australian Open, French Open – but was able to conquer the Serbian in the Italian Open final.
Roger Federer returns to Wimbledon where he hasn’t won since 2012. The seven-time winner hasn’t won a Grand Slam since the last time he conquered Wimbledon. Although he was the beaten finalist in last year’s tournament, losing to Djokovic (and was again beaten by Djokovic at the 2016 Australian Open), Federer is still seen as the third best option to win the tournament outside Djokovic and Murray. Time has finally caught up to the Swiss 34-year-old, but on his day he can still produce a match of quality. His absence from the French Open due to back injury could be just what the doctor ordered. The former world No. 1 comes into Wimbledon rested, and finally over his nagging injuries.
Last year’s French Open winner lost to Murray in the semi-finals at Roland Garros. Since winning the French Open in 2015, his performances have been a mixed bag in Grand Slam events. Wimbledon has rarely been kind to Wawrinka. His best finish has been making the quarter-finals in each of the last two tournaments. Wawrinka’s win percentage at Wimbledon is his worst in all Grand Slam tournaments at 61%. The Swiss will need to play his best ever tournament in England if he is to make it to the final.
Two-time Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the tournament. On June 10th, Nadal posted a messaged on his Facebook page announcing his absence due to a wrist injury. The 14-time Grand Slam winner has had a poor run of form over the las few years and has fought injury. Nadal could be back for the US Open in August.
Australian Nick Kyrgios is considered one of the dark horses of the tournament. Kyrgios’ best finish at Wimbledon was a quarter-final finish in 2014. Kyrgios is considered a dark horse, but he has suffered a setback in losing at Queen’s Club, the Wimbledon warm-up, to rival Milos Raonic in the first round. It isn’t a good sign for the Australian, but it is something he can overcome at Wimbledon.
Milos Raonic just defeated Kyrgios in the Wimbledon warm-up, and like the beaten Aussie, is a dark horse to win. The Canadian’s best Grand Slam tournament finish was at this year’s Australian Open as he made it to the semi-finals. Raonic has the chance to go deep into the competition, but like Kyrgios, will most likely fall before the final in July.