Wimbledon 2013 Betting: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams both huge favourites for SW19


Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will both start as massive short-priced favourites to win at Wimbledon this summer...

World number one Novak Djokovic has emerged as favourite to lift the Wimbledon title this summer, and is currently available to back at just 2.98 two weeks out from the start of the tournament on Monday 24th June. Djokovic has triumphed just once at SW19 before, in 2011, and was knocked out last year by eventual champion Roger Federer in the semi-final.

Federer sits fourth favourite on the exchange to win a scarcely believable eighth title at the famous old venue and seems generously priced at 7.0 to do just that. The Fed Express was masterful last year, brushing aside both Djokovic and British hope Andy Murray on his way to a seventh Wimbledon title (a record he holds jointly with Pete Sampras in the Open Era) and always has a great chance of making a serious impression on the event at his favourite venue.

Andy Murray is available to back at 5.5 to go one step further than he went last year, and comes into the championship for the first time knowing what it's like to win a Grand Slam. He'll be seeded second this year and will have great memories of Centre Court; last time he was there he won Olympic gold for Great Britain.

Rafael Nadal makes up the now familiar big four players on the men's tour, and he's priced at 4.7 to add a third Wimbledon title to his bulging array of titles. Nadal proved that his fitness issues are behind him with a dominant showing in the French Open, winning it for the eighth time, and will be keen to push on to further success after a nightmarish time with that troublesome right knee.

It's slim pickings elsewhere in the men's tour as the top four continue to be streets ahead of the rest. The Men's title hasn't been won by anyone outside of Federer, Nadal or Djokovic since Lleyton Hewitt beat David Nalbandian in 2002.

In the women's draw, last year's winner Serena Williams is odds on to repeat the feat and win the title for the sixth time. Available to back at just 1.55, she's the hottest favourite for years and her superiority is even more stark when one considers her record over second favourite Maria Sharapova (8.2). Williams has beaten Sharapova 14 times from 16 encounters and not lost to her Russian rival since 2004. Only a very brave punter would bet against the Los Angeles native.

If you're feeling brave however, you could do worse than a look at Victoria Azarenka. Currently available to back at 9.0, she is the reigning Australian Open champion and has reached the semi-final in the last two years at SW19. Provided she's over her injury problems, she could yet prove a factor in this year's tournament. The Belorusian will probably have to avoid playing Serena though; she's only beaten the American once in 12 matches.

(Source: Betfair


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