Tennis’ “Big Four” have dominated the sport over the last decade, especially at Wimbledon, winning the championship every year since 2003. Stan Wawrinka was able to upset Novak Djokovic to win this year’s French Open, but it will be difficult for anyone to prevent one of the sport’s top stars from winning the title at the upcoming Grand Slam event.
Djokovic is the favorite, according to Bovada.lv, having won seven Grand Slams since 2011. Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are also favored ahead of the rest of the field.
Will all four players live up to expectations, or will one or more face an early exit at Wimbledon 2015?
Novak Djokovic (5/4)
The defending Wimbledon champ is the clear favorite to win the championship this year for good reason. He’s been the most dominant force in the sport over the past few years, and he’s reached the finals in eight of the last 11 Grand Slam tournaments. He topped Federer to win the title last year, and was bested by Murray in the 2013 finals. Djokovic was upset by Wawrinka at Roland Garros, but the French Open champ has never reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, which is the earliest round in which the two could have a rematch. With Djokovic seemingly a guarantee to reach the finals, he’s the best pick to win the championship.
Prediction: Wimbledon Champion
Roger Federer (6/1)
Federer is coming off a title win at the Gerry Weber Open, winning his first and only grass-court tournament of 2015. He can never be counted out at Wimbledon, having won the championship seven times, also making his way to the finals in 2014. As the No.2 seed, Federer will have a better draw than anyone in the field except for Djokovic, possibly setting up a match with Murray in the semifinals. Federer was stunned in 2013 with a second-round exit, but he’s been playing too well for that to happen this year. He’s only lost before the Wimbledon quarterfinals once since 2003, and he could be headed towards a rematch of last year’s final.
Andy Murray (11/4)
Even though he’s the No.3 seed in London, Murray has the second-best odds of winning at Wimbledon. He was victorious in 2013, previously reaching at least the semifinals in four consecutive years. Murray is coming off a grass-court tournament victory of his own, defeating two players ranked in the top 25 to win the AEGON Championships. He was beaten by Djokovic in the semifinals of the French Open, and he has a good chance to make a run to the Wimbledon finals. But a run-in with Federer could be his last stop at Wimbledon this year.
Rafael Nadal (10/1)
The rest of tennis’ “Big Four” are starting to separate themselves from Nadal, who has fallen to No.10 in the world. The King of Clay lost multiple tournaments on his favorite surface this year, and he was stopped in the finals of the French Open after winning at Roland Garros in nine of the previous 10 years. Because of his ranking, Nadal doesn’t have the easiest draw, and he’ll have to beat a formidable opponent if he hopes to reach the semifinals. He’s still the fourth favorite to win the event, but Nadal hasn’t even reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals since 2010. With the way he’s playing right now, there’s little reason to think he’ll get over that hurdle in 2015.
Prediction: Fourth Round