Roger Federer

Tennis Preview: Federer 11/4 For SW19 Glory

2017-04-05
A look at Roger Federer’s hopes of an eighth Wimbledon title this summer.

Roger Federer is 11/4 to claim an eighth Wimbledon title this summer after the latest chapter of his remarkable 2017 ended with him winning the Miami Open.

The 35-year-old's success in Florida, coming with a straight sets victory over Rafael Nadal, means he has won the biggest three tournaments of the year following titles at the Australian Open and Indian Wells - all after missing the final six months of last season with a knee injury.

Federer has confirmed he will now skip the majority of the clay-court swing and not play another tournament until the French Open, which begins on May 22, but his attention is already on the third grand slam of the year five weeks later.

The Swiss, who last won at SW19 in 2012, said: “Wimbledon has to be the biggest goal now.

“The American hard courts I guess as well. The French Open, to some extent, we will see what happens, there is no pressure there really.

“All the grass is important to me. The second part of the season is the big priority.

“I will probably stay on hard courts for the next few weeks and I will get on the clay two weeks before the French. Hopefully I will play the French and then for me that's when the season really starts.”

Federer's stunning start to the year also means a return to the world number one spot is a strong possibility, with him 9/5 to do so by the end of the year.

He added: “What a start to the year, I can't believe it.''

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is the 12/5 favourite to retain his crown with Novak Djokovic 13/4, Nick Kyrgios 9/1, Milos Raonic 12/1, Grigor Dimitrov 14/1 and Nadal 16/1.

Nadal is 16/5 to finish the year top of the rankings with Murray and Djokovic at 7/2 and 4/1 respectively.