Tennis fans, Wimbledon is nearly here. All four Grand Slam events are special in their own way but there’s that added initiative to win at Wimbledon and the best players in the world will be raring to go ahead of the first round. As of June 22nd, 35 year old Roger Federer, a seven-time winner of this event, heads the betting markets at 11/4 but there are plenty of viable contenders for the crown.

At 35 years old, Federer is past his scintillating best but he has been sublime this season and he should feature at the business end of the competition. His Wimbledon record is second to none; he has failed to reach the quarter-finals just once since 2003 and he will go far again. At the beginning of the year, he defeated Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final to claim an 18th major title. He might not have to wait much longer for number 19...

Nadal himself, buoyed by an impressive French Open victory over Stanislas Wawrinka earlier this month, deserves to be considered and plenty of punters will be backing the Spaniard to secure a third Wimbledon crown. He has failed to reach the fifth round since losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final but, like Federer, he too is playing extremely well and deserves to be in the mix. Priced at 9/2, he represents decent value for those against Federer.

Less than 12 months ago, Djokovic was THE dominant force in men’s tennis. Prior to last summer’s competition, he had won five of the previous six Grand Slam events but losing to American Sam Querrey put a huge dent in his confidence. Since then, Djokovic has struggled to get back to his best and he has slipped down to fourth in the world rankings. On grass, he is always in contention and bettors will be snapping up the 6/1 for a Djokovic triumph.

If you want to back somebody at a higher price, Wawrinka is available at 33/1. At the time of writing, the Swiss star is ranked as the third best player (above Federer and Djokovic) on the planet and the three-time Grand Slam champion will be desperate to add a Wimbledon title to his glistening collection of accolades. His record at the grass-surface event isn’t the best by any stretch but he is surely worth a punt at such a high price...

Like Wawrinka, Canadian superstar Milos Raonic crashed out of Queen’s in the first round but he should bounce back stronger next month – especially with the extended rest. As of June 22nd, he is priced at 12/1 in 888sport’s betting markets and the big hitting Canadian will fancy his chances of a decent run this year. He was well beaten in straight sets by Andy Murray in last summer’s final but he can reverse that form this time around.

But the main man to keep an eye on is Murray. The two-time Wimbledon champion raises his game for his home event and he will be quietly confident despite his well-documented struggles so far this year. At the time of writing, Murray is still ranked as the number one player in tennis and he will be looking to prove a point at Wimbledon. Punters can back the British star at 100/30 to lift the famous trophy for a third time.

For me, Murray has to be fancied. Yes, Federer has the experience and pedigree to emerge victorious but the world number one has too much firepower and speed if on song. It is hard to envision a Djokovic turnaround right now and Nadal, while great at the French Open, has failed to inspire confidence at Wimbledon for some time. Murray fits the bill to shine on the big stage once again and another Wimbledon triumph could be on the cards.

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