Roger Federer enters this year’s tournament with a chance at tying Pete Sampras’ record seven Wimbledon titles. The Swiss is one of the top players – if not the best – on grass court, and is favored to win this year.
Rafael Nadal, who climbed back to No. 1 in the World Rankings, will try to spoil Federer’s party and win his second title at the All England Club. Here is a preview at the odds to win the tournament (all odds from 5Dimes):
Roger Federer (+136)
Federer is the heavy favorite to win his seventh title. He cruised through the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, his preparation for Wimbledon, all the way to the final. He faced Lleyton Hewitt and lost after a close fight.
The 28-year-old is 27-8 in singles play this season, and has one tournament. He beat Andy Murray in the final of the Australian open to win the first major of the year. Federer struggled at Roland Garros and took an early out from the French open. He lost to Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals.
While this came as a disappointment and helped Nadal climb back to the top of the ATP rankings, it should not be overrated as an indicator for Wimbledon. Federer is better on grass than on clay and he will be the player to beat in London.
Rafael Nadal (+275)
The current No. 1 in the world will look to brush off his early exit at the AEGON Championships. He played the grass tournament to prepare for Wimbledon, but lost to Feliciano Lopez in the quarterfinals.
Nadal is better on clay than he is on grass, but he is the top pick to face Federer in the final. His drive to succeed and his energy always make him a good pick in big tournaments. He holds a 31-4 singles record in 2010 and has won 4 tournaments.
He won the French Open and beat out Federer in the final of the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open. All of his tournament wins this season have come on clay. He lost to Andy Murray in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, which are played on hard court.
Nadal has shown that he can win in Wimbledon, but the grass surface favors Federer and others.
Andy Murray (+900)
All eyes will be on the Brit in London. Murray lost to Andy Rodick in the semifinals last year, and has yet to win a tournament this year. He has suffered some early outs this season, and lost to Mardy Fish in the third round of the AEGON Championships. However, he always seems to show up in Wimbledon.
He is 17-9 in 2010 and holds the fourth place in the World Rankings. He went all the way to the final at the Australian Open, which shows his ability to elevate his game when it counts. With Federer facing a tough bracket including Tomas Berdych, Jurgen Melzer, and Nikolay Davidenko, and Nadal possibly facing David Ferrer and Robin Soderling, Murray might not even have to go against one of the top two players.
Andy Roddick (+1800)
The American is always good for a deep run at Wimbledon. His style of play excels on hard court and grass, and he is an interesting pick. Roddick gave Federer a tough fight in last year’s final, losing 16-14 in the fifth set.
Roddick is 29-6 in singles competition this season and has won two titles. He lost to Dudi Sela in the AEGON Championship and took a surprising third round fall. Other than that, he has had a great season, and he offers great value at +1100.
Robin Soderling (+1800)
Soderling has battled knee problems this year, but seems in great shape for Wimbledon. His two biggest successes came at the French Open in 2009 and 2010. He has yet to win a major, but he gave Federer a tough fight in last year’s tournament at Wimbledon.
He is 27-10 this season and holds a career-best No. 6 World Ranking. The Swede made it to the French Open Finals earlier this year, where he lost in straight sets to Nadal. He cold benefit from his fast serves on the grass court in London.
Tomas Berdych (+6600)
The 24-year-old Czech is enjoying a great season and is looking to make his way back into the Top 10 of the World Rankings. Berdych should make his way to the quarterfinals easily, where he will most likely face Federer.
And the Czech has shown that he can beat the Swiss. He eliminated Federer in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open, and went all the way to the finals. He is boasting a 30-11 record in 2010, and seems to be in the shape of his life. He lost to Roddick last year at Wimbledon, and to Nadal in the quarterfinals of the 2007 tournament.
I think his chances of wining are better than his +6600 odds.