One year ago Roger Federer arrived at Wimbledon as the fourth favourite, but next week he’ll be the market leader for his 19th appearance at the All England Club.
The veteran Swiss star, now 35, has been rejuvenated this year, claiming his 18th Grand Slam season at the Australian Open in January, and with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray both looking short of the form that has seen them split the last four titles evenly between them, he has emerged as the 9/4 favourite at Bet365.
Federer, who won in Halle for the 9th time on Sunday, needs just one more Wimbledon title to surpass the all-time record he shares with William Renshaw and Pete Sampras, although his own era of dominance was a decade ago – when he won five consecutive victories between 2003 and 2007. He has won two more titles in the last nine years, but was a beaten finalist in 2008 (Nadal) and 2014 & 2015 (Djokovic).
Murray, who suffered a shock defeat to world no. 90 Jordan Thompson at Queen’s Club last week, was no bigger than 13/8 for a successful title defence at the start of the year, but can now be backed at 4/1 with Coral after five months battling injuries and poor form. After winning his 10th French Open title, Rafael Nadal is at 9/2 with several firms, while Djokovic is available at best odds of 13/2 with Sky Bet and Coral.