Since 2003 the Wimbledon Championships have come down to the four same tennis betting mainstays; Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. Their bizarro counterparts would be Mark Philippoussis, Andy Roddick, Tomáš Berdych, and Milos Raonic; the only four other men to have reached the finals (unsuccessfully, we may add) in the past fourteen years. The 2017 Wimbledon Championships begins on July 3rd and concludes on July 16th at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
The Fed is the most winning active player of the Open Era in Wimbledon with seven titles, five of which he won in a row from 2003 to 2007. His most recent win took place in 2012 when he defeated Murray 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4. The Swiss skipped the entire clay-court season to focus on the grass-surfaced Wimbledon, ahead of which be played in the Mercedes Cup – where he was unexpectedly eliminated in the round of 16 by Tommy Haas (what people who bet on tennis call an upset) – and won the Halle Open (aka Gerry Weber Open) for the 9th time. Federer was the Wimbledon runner-up in 2014 and 2015.
Nads has won two Wimbledon Championships, the most recent of which was in 2010, and is coming off his 10th French Open the title – thus ending a three-year Grand Slam drought. While the fact that Wimbledon is played on grass would appear to detract from the King of Clay’s tennis betting stock, fans who bet on tennis would do well to keep in mind that Nadal is the only player who has defeated Federer in the final of a Grand Slam on all three surfaces – grass, clay, and hard. The Spaniard and the Swiss starred in a Wimbledon Final trilogy from 2006 to 2008, in which Fed won the first two and Nadoo won the third one.
The World No. 1 won his second Wimbledon Championship last year. The Scotsman added the Aspall Tennis Classic (June 27th-30th) after leaving the Queen’s Club Championships earlier than expected in yet another tennis betting upset. “After the French Open I knew that I was still quite far from where I needed to be,” Murray said. “One tournament doesn’t change everything that had gone on just beforehand.”