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David Thompson 19th Jun 2011 - 15:14

Wimbledon is "open"

The start of the British summer always signals two things, the start of the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and a lashing of water from the heavens.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club is coming to us at a very good time for Men's Tennis, Novak Djokovic  4/1 has risen to form of late and despite his defeat to Roger Federer 2/1 in the semi-finals of the French Open he nearly broke the record for consecutive wins recording a 43-match win streak. The two-time Australian Open winner has never made the final at Wimbledon and he will be hoping to figure as this could be his best chance to win the major title.

World number 3 Rodger Federer is synonymous with this event. The six-time Champion was defeated in last year's tournament by Thomas Berdych 50/1 in the quarter finals and after one of his best showing's at the French open he will be hopeful of securing his seventh win,  bringing him level with Pete Sampras.    

Berdych made it all the way to the final last year after beating Djokovic in the semi-finals. He lost out to eventual winner Rafael Nadal 5/2 in straight sets, however if you are looking outside of the top four he could prove to be a wise each-way bet or at least have a top 8 finish.

Nadal may not be in the form that he showed at this stage last year but the big tournaments bring out the best in Rafa. 5/2 may seem a short price but for me there is no doubt that he is going to be there or there abouts to defend his title, especially after his win at the French over pre-tournament favourite Federer.

The British Fans are sure to be out in force on Murray mount. Andy 7/1 lost out to Nadal in the semis last year but after picking up the title at the AGEON Championship at Queens against  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his warm up event for Wimbledon, the Scot looks in good form and hopefully he has peaked at the right time.

Looking at the tournament draw, it is hard to see any other outcome than the big four making it to the semi-finals 13/5.  If there is to be an upset my money would be on either Tsonga 33/1, Soderling 50/1 or Berdych 50/1 to cause a surprise.

This Wimbledon could be host to one of the most open men's tournament in recent years. The World's top four all go into the tournament in good form however it would be fair to say that none of them are at the top of their games. It would be fitting for Roger Federer to win his seventh title but it looks like this could be Murray's best chance to make a title bid.

Other highlights will include a first round tie between Isner and Mahut. They memorable recorded the longest game in Wimbledon history last time out of over 11 hours. William Hill have released a special market for this game:  Isner/Mahut to Have 10 Games or More In A 5th Set @ 5/1.  We could also see the Centre Court roof being use more frequently than ever as we suspect that the players will be playing under it having stuck a price of 1/100 on that being the case.


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