2018 Men’s Wimbledon Championships Betting Tips and Predictions
2018 Men’s Wimbledon Championships Betting Tips and Predictions as the ATP World Tour hits London for the third grand slam event of the season. The highlight of the grass court season is upon us, as the world’s top players gather in London for the men’s Wimbledon Championships. The Wimbledon Championships sees the sports top stars meet at the seasons penultimate grand slam event, and they’ll all be confident of their chances of walking away with the top prize. This year’s tournament will be the 132nd edition of the grass court tournament, and it’s set to feature a prize pot of £13 million for the competition. The winner is set to receive £2.25 million of that, with the runner-up receiving a consolation £1.125 million for their efforts. Roger Federer is the defending champion this year, after the Swiss ace won his record-extending 8th Wimbledon title last year, courtesy of a straight-sets win over Marin Cilic in the final. We’re set for a fantastic two weeks of tennis, but who will walk away with this year’s top prize?
This year’s top seed Roger Federer is the record holder for most men’s singles title won at Wimbledon with eight, with his most recent success being the before mentioned win last year. The Swiss ace dominated this tournament in the mid-2000’s, with Federer winning this title on five successive occasions between 2003 and 2007. Spaniard Rafael Nadal was the man to end Federer’s winning record at this tournament in 2008, as he defeated Federer in an epic five-set final. That triumph proved to be the first of Nadal’s two Wimbledon wins, with his second coming courtesy of victory over Tomas Berdych in the 2010 final. Twelve-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic has won three of his grand slam titles here, including back-to-back wins in 2014 and 2015. Meanwhile, former world number one Andy Murray is the only other former champion in this year’s field, after his two triumphs in 2013 and 2016. The ‘Big Four’ of tennis have dominated this tournament since 2003, will they be able to maintain their stranglehold on the title this year?
Last 5 Champions
2017 – Roger Federer
2016 – Andy Murray
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2014 – Novak Djokovic
2013 – Andy Murray
While we do have a strong field at this year’s Championships, there are a few notable absentees. Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut is the highest ranked player absent from this year tournament. The Spaniard was forced to retire during his Halle Open semi-final with an injury last week, and he’s not recovered in time to be fit for this tournament. Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung will also be absent this week, as the South Korean ace continues to recover from an ankle injury that has kept him side-lined since the Madrid Masters at the start of May. 2010 finalist, and last year’s semi-finalist, Tomas Berdych will be missing this tournament for the first time since his first appearance here in 2004, after the Czech ace picked up a back injury in Stuttgart. Meanwhile, two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continues to be missing from action, as he recovers from the knee surgery he underwent in April.
Notable Absentees (Rankings)
Roberto Bautista-Agut (14)
Hyeon Chung (22)
Tomas Berdych (23)
Andrey Rublev (33)
Jo Wilfried-Tsonga (55)
The Wimbledon seeding’s for the men’s competition are worked out using a different system compared to other grand slam events. At Wimbledon, the seeding’s aren’t solely based on the player’s world ranking, but they’re also based on your grass court form. The seeds are therefore adjusted to take into account their grass court form over the last couple of years, allowing the more successful players on grass to receive a higher seeding. This year, for example, Roger Federer will be the number one seed, despite the Swiss ace being the world number two. This is because Federer has won three grass court events since the start of last season, whereas Rafael Nadal, the current world number one, has only played one grass court event over the last couple of seasons. Canadian Milos Raonic is another beneficiary of this rule, as his solid grass court form over the last couple of years has seen him seeded thirteen this week, despite being the world number thirty-two.
Roger Federer will be the man to beat this week, as the Swiss ace looks to win his 9th Wimbledon crown. The tournament’s top seed is the defending champion this year, following his victory over Marin Cilic twelve months ago, and he’ll be looking to win a record-extending 21st grand slam title in the process. Federer has already won three titles this season, including his first grass court title of the season at the Stuttgart Open a couple of weeks ago. However, Federer did lose in the final of the Halle Open in the build-up to this tournament, and the Swiss ace didn’t look comfortable throughout the week. This might just have been a wobble for Federer, but this will have been a concern for him and it will only have given his rivals an added confidence boost. Federer’s already won the Australian Open this season, and so he’ll be looking to win his second grand slam event of the year over the next two weeks. Can Federer win his 9th Wimbledon title?
World Number one Rafael Nadal returns to competitive action this week, following his decision to skip the Wimbledon warmup events in a bid to be fresh for the main event. Nadal’s last outing saw him win his astonishing 11th French Open title, and 17th grand slam title in all. This success in Paris came on the back of yet another successful clay court season for the ‘King of Clay’ that saw the Spaniard win four titles, in all, throughout it. Nadal is also a former two-time champion here, courtesy of his victories in 2008 and 2011, and he’ll be hoping to win his 3rd Wimbledon title this year. However, Nadal has not had a great record at these Championships in recent years, something he’ll be hoping to rectify this year. Nadal has not been past the 4th round here since he was beaten in the final by Novak Djokovic in 2011, an extremely disappointing record for a player of Nadal’s calibre. Nadal was beaten in an epic here twelve months ago by Gilles Muller, in the fourth round, and so he’ll be looking to go further this year. Will Nadal roll back the years and win a 3rd Wimbledon crown?
Three-time champion Novak Djokovic has been improving week-on-week in recent months, and now he’ll be quietly confident of his chances over the next two weeks. Djokovic, who has downplayed his chances of winning this title recently, won this title in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Djokovic reached the quarter-finals of the French Open over the past month, and he also managed to reach the final at Queen’s last week, his first final in close to a year. This will serve Djokovic well heading into Wimbledon, after a disappointing two years that has seen the Serb face injuries and a dip of form. Djokovic retired during his quarter-final match here last year, and he was forced to miss the remainder of the season due to that injury, but he’s now fit and he will be looking to leave the Wimbledon Championships as a three-time champion.
Andy Murray finally returned to action at Queen’s recently, after an injury layoff that has seen the Scot miss all action since last year’s Wimbledon. The former world number one reached the quarter-finals here twelve months ago, but an injury he picked up impacted his performance in that match and it signalled an absence from the sport until Queen’s last week. Murray was unsuccessful on his return, but he did manage to pick up a win over Stan Wawrinka at Eastbourne this week, his first victory in close to a year. Murray is a two-time champion here, following his title triumphs in 2013 and 2016, and so if he can gather some momentum this week he could prove to be a dangerous draw for a few players. The three-time grand slam champion was the top seed here twelve months ago, but this year he’s not even seeded and he’ll face a tough route throughout the tournament. How far will Murray go over the next two weeks?
Last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic is back this year, and the number three seed will fancy his chances of winning the tournament this year. Cilic made a fantastic start to the season by reaching the final of the Australian Open, before being beaten by his Wimbledon conqueror Roger Federer, but after that he had a quiet spell. However, the Croatian has picked up his former over the last month and he enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals at the French Open. Cilic has also started the grass court season in fantastic form by winning the Queen’s Club Championships for the second time in his career. Cilic has reached at least the quarter-finals here in the past four years, and he seems to be turning into a big tournament player. Cilic is arguably Federer’s biggest challenger for the title this year, but will he be good enough to win his first Wimbledon title?
Alexander Zverev will be hoping to continue his fine form over the last two seasons by winning his first grand slam title this week. The German ace will be the number four seed this week, after a successful eighteen months that has seen the German rise to number three in the world. However, the German has struggled at grand slam events in the past and so there’s still that question mark surrounding him when it comes to the slam events. The German did break new ground last time out as he reached his first grand slam quarter-final at the French Open, something he’ll be looking to further improve on here. Zverev had a great clay court season, which saw him win the Madrid Masters, but he suffered a disappointing first round defeat on the grass in Halle last week. Can Zverev get back on track and win a first grand slam title here at Wimbledon?
Milos Raonic will be the 13th seed this week, despite an injury ridden year that has seen the Canadian drop down to number thirty-two in the rankings. There are still some question marks surrounding Raonic’s fitness, after he was forced to withdraw from Queen’s last week due to a shoulder injury. However, prior to that Raonic was looking back to close to his best, as he reached the final of the opening grass event of the year at the Stuttgart Open. Raonic is also a former finalist here, after reaching the 2016 final, while he also reached the quarter-finals here twelve months ago. If he can stay fit, Raonic will be one of the men to beat, but the question remains on how ready he will be for this week?
Juan Martin del Potro is a potential winner of any tournament he enters, and Wimbledon will prove no different. The Argentine ace doesn’t have a great record at SW19, but he did reach the semi-finals in 2013. However, other than that the Argentine has never been past the fourth round of this tournament. Del Potro was upset in the second round twelve months ago, but since then he’s raised his game to another level. The 2009 US Open champion has already won two titles this season, most notably the Indian Wells title, and he returned to form at the French Open recently by reaching the semi-finals. Can the former grand slam winner improve on a disappointing Wimbledon record by enjoying a good run this year?
In the best tie of the opening round, three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka is set to take on the reigning ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the second round. This matchup is happening due to Wawrinka’s significant drop in the rankings over the last year, due to the Swiss ace missing a huge portion of the past twelve months due to various injuries. Wawrinka doesn’t have a great record here, with his best run being a couple of quarter-final appearances. The Swiss ace was beaten in the first round here twelve months ago, and so a good run this year will help see him gain some much needed ranking points. Grigor Dimitrov, meanwhile, is coming into these Championships in poor form. Dimitrov put in a disappointing performance at Queen’s, which followed a disappointing clay court season for the Bulgarian. However, Dimitrov is a dangerous player when he’s playing well, and he enjoyed a run to the semi-finals here in 2014. Who will come through this blockbuster matchup and keep their title hopes alive?
Australian ace Nick Kyrgios has made a great start to the grass court season, and he’ll now be more confident of his chances this week. The Australian ace had enjoyed back-to-back semi-finals at Stuttgart and Queen’s in the build-up to this tournament, and he’ll be looking for a similar run over the next two weeks. Kyrgios reached the quarter-finals here back in 2014, but that’s as good as it’s got for Kyrgios, who lost in the opening round here twelve months ago. Kyrgios will be dangerous this week, but is he good enough to go all the way?
French Open finalist Dominic Thiem will be looking to transfer his clay court form to the grass this week, as he continues to search for a first grand slam title. Thiem reached the first grand slam final of his career at the French Open a few weeks ago, but the Austrian has never been past the fourth round of a slam on a surface other than clay. Thiem reached the fourth round here twelve months ago, and he’ll be looking for even better this year as he looks to prove that he’s more than just a brilliant clay court player. Kei Nishikori, meanwhile, will be looking to improve on a poor record at Wimbledon this year. The Japanese ace reached the third round here twelve months ago, and he’s never been past the fourth round at these Championships. Nishikori has had an ok season up to date, with his highlight being a run to the Monte-Carlo Masters final earlier in the year. How far will the former US Open finalist go this week?
Borna Coric will be one to watch this week, as the Croatian ace looks to continue his fine form this season. Coric is coming into Wimbledon on the back of winning the first grass court title of his career at the Halle Open, beating a certain Roger Federer in that final. That performance has left Coric seeded 16th this week, the highest of his career at a grand slam event. However, Coric is still yet to leave his stamp on a grand slam event, something he’ll be looking to address this week. Coric has never been past the 3rd round at a slam, and his best run here is a second round appearance. The rising star was beaten in the opening round twelve months ago, but if he can bring his form from this year with him this week he could be set for a huge week in his professional career.
American duo John Isner and Sam Querrey will both be looking to win their first grand slam title over the next two weeks, and both will have fond memories of this event from previous years. John Isner was involved in the longest match in history here in 2010, as he beat Nicolas Mahut in a five-sets match that lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes in total, spanning a total of three days. However, the big serving American has never been past the 3rd round here and he was beaten in the 2nd round twelve months ago. Isner is, however, playing the tennis of his life this year, and he’s already won the Miami Open earlier in the season. Sam Querrey, meanwhile, is returning to the most successful grand slam event of his career. The American ace reached the quarter-finals here in 2016, while last year he reached the semi-finals, following his victory over Andy Murray in the previous round. Querrey hasn’t been in great form this year, but he’s an extremely dangerous grass court player and he’s coming here on the back of reaching the quarter-finals in Queen’s. Will we see an American man lift this title for the first time since Pete Sampras in 2000?
British number one Kyle Edmund will be hoping his fantastic season continues, as he looks to reach his first grand slam final at this year’s tournament. Edmund enjoyed a run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the start of the season, and he’s pushed on since. The British ace will be the 21st seed this week and he’ll be looking to majorly improve on his 2nd round defeat here from twelve months ago. If Edmund can play the tennis he’s played throughout the year over the next two weeks he could prove be a dark horse for the title. We should be in for a fantastic two weeks of tennis where a number of player’s will be vying for the title, but who will rise to the top and be the 2018 Wimbledon Championships men’s singles champion?
Roger FedererTo Win Outright
Roger Federer will be delighted with draw for the tournament, and I find it difficult to find an opponent who will beat him. The Swiss hasn’t looked at his dominant best in the lead up to this tournament, but he’ll be much better over the next two weeks. A five-set match vs Federer on grass is completely different kettle of fish and just like last year, I think the Swiss ace proves to be too good for the rest. Federer has dominated the grass courts throughout his career, and I see him being the one to beat once again this year.
Rafael Nadal Each Way To Win Outright
The bottom half of the draw is stacked with a number of possible winners; you could make a case for a half dozen of them. However, I’m going to go with Rafael Nadal to roll back the years on grass and set up a dream final against Federer. Yes, Nadal has struggled on this surface in recent years, but he’s been winning so many matches recently that I think he can bring that momentum with him to these Championships and mount a serious challenge for this title. Nadal also has the experience of being there and having done it in the past, no matter how many years ago it was now, and I think that could prove to be valuable for him this week. It’s not going to be easy for Nadal on this surface, but if he can get into the second week his confidence will grow and he’ll become more dangerous as each game goes by.