2012 Wimbledon Las Vegas Odds: Novak Djokovic Top Favorite
Friday, June 22, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Novak Djokovic couldn’t become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four consecutive Grand Slam tournaments after falling in the French Open final. But Djokovic, still the world’s top-ranked player, is the 7/4 favorite on Bovada Sportsbook’s 2012 Wimbledon Las Vegas Odds for the second year in a row.
In 2011, Djokovic began his run of three straight Slams by beating then-No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 for his first title at the All England Club and first win over Nadal in a major championship. It was also Djokovic’s first grass-court title of any kind and made him the new No. 1 in the world, which he hasn’t relinquished. He went on to beat Nadal at the 2011 U.S. Open and then in the Australian Open to start this year.
But Nadal beat Djokovic in two clay-court warm-up events for the French Open (Nadal had lost the past seven matches between the two) and then beat Djokovic in four sets for his record seventh French title last month. That ended Djokovic’s 27-match winning streak in Slams. Nadal is the 2/1 second-favorite at Bovada Sportsbook to win his third Wimbledon title. He has reached the final in five of the past six years.
Roger Federer (7/2) can tie Pete Sampras’ record with a seventh Wimbledon title, but he hasn’t been in the final since winning No. 6 in an epic match with Andy Roddick in 2009. In fact, Federer has reached just one final, the 2011 French Open, since winning his last Slam title at the 2010 Australian Open. Djokovic handled him easily in this year’s French semifinals.
Scotland’s Andy Murray (13/2) would become probably the most popular athlete in all of Great Britain if he can bring home the first Slam of any British male since Fred Perry in 1936, the year of Perry’s last of three Wimbledon titles. Murray has yet to reach a Wimbledon final, falling in the semifinals each of the past three years.
The American with the shortest odds is John Isner at 33/1. But he has never advanced past the second round at Wimbledon and is best known for his first-round match two years ago that took more than 11 hours vs. Nicolas Mahut and ended 70-68 in the fifth set.
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