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Roger Federer 8/1 to win Wimbledon after Australian Open triumph

2017-01-30
A look at the odds of Roger Federer adding to his grand slam wins after his success at the Australian Open.

Roger Federer is 8/1 to win Wimbledon after setting his sights on another grand slam title following his success at the Australian Open.
The Swiss took his tally of major career triumphs to 18 after he ousted old rival Rafael Nadal in five thrilling sets in Melbourne and is now targeting the All England Club for grand slam number 19.

Federer beat Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 to win his fifth Australian Open title and complete an incredible comeback following six months out with injury.

Victory also means Federer climbs to 10th in the world rankings after he started the tournament 17th and with faint hopes of making the quarter-finals.

“This came as a huge, huge surprise,” said Federer. “I thought I could probably be dangerous for a top guy, maybe beat one, and then that would probably be it, just because the body would start aching – which it did - or my level would drop - which it didn't.”

Even for Federer, the French Open is likely to prove out of reach given he has never enjoyed playing on clay and the surface will be particularly brutal on his body.

Nadal (11/4), the nine-time champion at Roland Garros, world number one Andy Murray (7/2), reigning champion Novak Djokovic (33/20) and 2015 winner Stan Wawrinka (9/1) are all shorter odds than Federer, who is 16/1 for Paris glory.

It means the 35-year-old's best chance of sealing his next grand slam success is on the grass of Centre Court this summer, when Federer is the 8/1 third-favourite behind Murray (8/5) and Djokovic (7/4).

“Yeah, Wimbledon over Roland Garros yes,” Federer said. “On the grass I've got a lot of tournaments there, I play Stuttgart and Halle. So I guess Wimbledon, I know I have a better shot there.

“But at the French Open, if you're not in the draw you can't win it so I hope to be in the draw this year, not like last year. The US Open actually I also think I have a good chance to do well there but let's enjoy this one first.”