Novak Djokovic has been tennis’ most unstoppable force over the last two years, and his run of dominance has a good chance to continue at the next Grand Slam tournament. He’ll defend his title at Wimbledon 2016, where he’s won back-to-back championships.
Djokovic is coming off his fifth Grand Slam title in six tries, having defeated Andy Murray in the finals of the French Open. It was the same way the Australian Open ended in January, and the third Grand Slam of 2016 could have the same conclusion.
Because he’s been so good, no matter the opponent or the surface, Djokovic is an odds-on favorite for his return to Wimbledon, via Bovada.lv. The world’s No.1 player has -140 odds as he goes for a fourth career championship at the All England Tennis Club in London.
Tennis has been dominated by the sport’s “Big Four” over the last several years, but just as Djokovic has separated himself as the best of the bunch, Murray (+300) has established himself as the clear No.2, at least in 2016. In addition to reaching the finals of both the Australian Open and French Open, he lost to Djokovic in the finals at Madrid. Murray returned the favor and defeated Djokovic to win the title in Rome a week later.
Roger Federer (+900) hasn’t done much of anything, missing time with a knee and back injury. The back issue didn’t allow him to play at Roland Garros, but he’s back playing on grass and looking to win his eighth Wimbledon championship.
After a wrist injury forced him to withdraw from the French Open, Rafael Nadal will miss out on Wimbledon, as well. That makes Milos Raonic (+1600) and Stan Wawrinka (+1600) the next biggest threats in London, along with Nick Kyrgios (+2000) and Kei Nishikori (+2800). Juan Martin del Potro (+3300) could be a factor in the tournament, having just won his first match on grass in nearly three years.
The draw for Wimbledon will be announced on June 24. The tournament begins on June 27, and it will end with the men’s final on Sunday, July 10. The women’s final is scheduled for Saturday, July 9. Qualifying for the tournament begins on June 20.
Djokovic will be the No.1 seed, and with the way he’s been playing, it might not matter much how the draw shakes out. It’s been nearly two years since he didn’t make the final of a Grand Slam, and he lost just two total sets at Roland Garros.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic over Andy Murray in finals