When it comes to tennis betting odds, never are you as big an underdog as when facing the number 1 tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic. And that’s exactly the position in which French Adrian Mannarino (ranked 55th in the world) will find himself on June 29th when squares off against the Serb in the second round of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. Here are the odds for people who bet on tennis:
Novak Djokovic -10000
Adrian Mannarino +3000
This is not to say that Mannarino doesn’t have it in him to overcome the odds. As a matter of fact, he has achieved wins over the likes of Stanislas Wawrinka, Juan Martín del Potro, Gilles Simon, Juan Mónaco and Philipp Kohlschreiber. However, and by virtue of – at long last – winning the French Open, Djokovic can finally lay claim to be the greatest of all time. And he certainly stacks more paper than pretty much anyone else.
Thus if we were to compare Djokovic’s career to titles (65) to Mannarino’s (0), or career prize money ($101,917,404 to $3,124,062), the Frenchman would certainly get the worst of the comparison. That said, some betting experts believe you’re only as good as your last match.
Djokovic’s most recent match was a victory over James Ward which took him just under two hours to pull off. The Serb had 89% of his first serves in play and got 29 winners to 21 unforced errors. Djokovic has lost only one match since dropping the Madrid Open Finals to Andy Murray, has won his last 15 consecutive matches on grass, and has not lost in the second round of Grand Slam since the 2008 edition of Wimbledon. People who bet on tennis can rest assured that the Serbian is on a roll, and that does not bode well for Mannarino.
As for the Frenchman, he most recently defeated Kyle Edmund in straight sets. Mannarino lost only 8 first serve chances and had 31 winners to 28 unforced errors. The 27 year old needs his first serve to remain consistent if he wants to have a chance at getting away with a huge upset and what would arguably be the greatest win of his 12-year professional career.
And while nothing is impossible, chances are – or rather tennis betting odds are – that Djokovic will power through Mannarino on his way to a Wimbledon threepeat (and fourth championship overall). Then again, he might run into 7-time champion Roger Federer along the road, as they are both in the same half of the draw. The Serb has already achieve a non-calendar year Grand slam, and is poised to go for the calendar year Grand Slam.