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With the weather set fair and the temperatures set to rise for the opening week at SW19 It’s time to take a look at this year’s draw in the men’s singles.
Top of the seedings and undoubtedly the best player on tour this year Novak Djokovic (5/4) heads the betting here at William Hill. The nagging doubt is that he hasn’t played in any of the warm up tournaments on grass, and given his defeat in the final at Roland Garros, there must be a question as to if there is any mental baggage carrying over here. His section of the draw is littered with big servers Kevin Anderson (66/1), Marin Cilic (40/1), and John Isner (125/1) and at the price I’m happy to take him on.
Number two seed is the ageless Roger Federer (6/1) who has won this tournament 7 times in the past, but only on one occasion since 2010. Yet another victory in the warm-up tournament in Halle suggests he is still a force to be reckoned with on the grass, but it’s 3 years since he last won one of the slams and time must at some point start to work against even him. He does seem to come out of the draw reasonably well with seemingly little standing in his way until a likely last 16 meeting with the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez (150/1) before Thomas Berdych (40/1) waits in the wings at the quarter final stage.
Coming in at number 3 seed is Brit Andy Murray (5/2), winner at Queens and looking much more like the player who won here in 2013. The draw look again to have been reasonably kind to Murray with a potential last 16 meeting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (33/1) or big serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic (150/1), before we come to the potential quarter final against former winner Rafael Nadal (16/1). Murray looks the player to beat for me at Wimbledon this year and the usual press hype will no doubt build to fever pitch as the temperature rises.
In the final section of the draw , winner of Roland Garros Stan Wawrinka (14/1) is the top seed. Grass has never seemed to be his favourite surface and his career record of 22 wins and 21 losses hardly screams Wimbledon winner to me, indeed at the age of 30 he has yet to register a solitary title on a grass court. So who can take advantage in the section of the draw, Nick Kyrgios (50/1) seems to fit the bill, the exciting young Australian player looks to have everything in his game to make an impact on this surface and looks one to follow here.