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Dan Hunter 24 Jun 2021
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Wimbledon is back after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, and tennis fans the world over are buzzing with excitement and anticipation of seeing most famous tennis tournament of all returning to our screens.

This year, newly crowned French Open champion Novak Djokovic will be looking to join Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as the only men who have won both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. 

The 2019 Wimbledon winner Djokovic is the defending champion. Of the other “Big For” members, Rafa Nadal has withdrawn, Roger Federer is rusty and almost 40 while Britain’s own Andy Murray – winner in 2013 and 2016 – will hopefully play as a Wimbledon wild-card as he continues his comeback. 

While Novak Djokovic is the bookies favorite to retain his title, the reality is this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles event is more up for grabs than it’s been in years. Aside from Djokovic, here are five players with a genuine shot at lifting that illustrious trophy. 

Matteo Berrettini $15.00


The winner at Queen's this past weekend, the 6’5” 25-year old Italian world no.9 seems to have exactly what’s needed to win the biggest grass court event of them all. 

Like 2001 Wimbledon champion and crowd favorite Goran Ivanisevic, Berrettini’s serve is not just blindingly fast, it is deadly accurate and relentlessly consistent. Last week at Queens, Berrettini held serve 46 times consecutively. 

Just as impressive as his serve is Berrettini’s booming forehand, with which he can blast a winner from anywhere on the court. His two-handed backhand is solid and he’s added a single-handed sliced backhand which is a great weapon on grass. For such a big guy, Berrettini moves well, and is an excellent volleyer. 

Should Berrettini win, he will join John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Lleyton Hewitt, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray as the only men to do the Queens-Wimbledon double in the same year. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas $6.50


French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas is younger and possibly even more talented than Matteo Berrettini, and just as big physically. 

The 22-year old Greek sensation is up to fourth in the world rankings, and led Novak Djokovic by two sets in the final at Roland Garros, However, following one of Djokovic’s notorious “toilet breaks” the Serb came back to win the next three sets and his 19th slam. 

It was a shattering defeat for Tsitsipas, and much of how he performs at Wimbledon will depend on how he gets past that disappointment. 

If he’s mentally right, Tsitsipas will take some stopping: Although built like a heavyweight boxer, Tsitsipas moves like a middleweight, and he covers the court as well as anyone. 

Tsitsipas has an excellent serve and hits his groundstrokes with power and accuracy off both flanks. His one-handed backhand is a weapon in itself, and few players are as comfortable at the net. 

Alexander Zverev $13.00


Although still only 24, Germany’s world no.6 Alexander Zverev seems to have been around forever. He first burst onto the scene in 2014 as a 17-year old, becoming the youngest player to win an ATP Challenger event and reaching two ATP Tour semifinals. 

Ironically, another German wunderkind, Boris Becker, was also 17 when he made his breakthrough, although “Boom Boom Boris” actually won Queens Club and then Wimbledon itself! 

At 6’6”, with one of the finest serves in the world, superb groundstrokes and a deft touch at the net, Zverev would appear to have everything needed to do some serious damage at Wimbledon, and yet so far it is the one slam the German has underperformed at. 

On grass Zverev reached the final in Halle in 2016 and 2017. A semifinalist last month at Roland Garros and a runner-up at last year’s U.S. Open, Zverev certainly has the slam experience and the big game to do some serious damage at Wimbledon.

Ugo Humbert $81.00


The 22-year-old Frenchman Ugo Humbert put himself firmly on the shortlist of potential Wimbledon winners with last week’s sensational run of victories that led to him capturing the grass court tournament in Halle, Germany. 

Like Queens Club in London, Halle is an ATP 500 event, and for many years was the preferred Wimbledon warm-up tournament for Roger Federer, who was victorious there a record 10 times between 2003 and 2019.

On his way to the title, Humbert defeated big serving American veteran Sam Querrey - a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2017 - in the first round, upset third-seeded Alexander Zverev in the last 16, defeated rising American star Sebastian Korda in the quarterfinals, and then beat Roger Federer’s conqueror Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada in the semis. 

All four of Humbert’s wins en-route to the final went the three-set distance, but in the final itself, Humbert dispatched world no.7 Andre Rublev in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6.

The win – his third on the tour – lifted Humbert up to 25 on the ATP rankings. At 6’2”, and with a swerving left-handed serve, looping forehand and superb volleying skills, Humbert could be a genuine threat at Wimbledon. 

Roger Federer $9.00


Roger Federer is rightly regarded by many as the greatest of all male tennis players. Federer has won 20 slams, 103 ATP titles and is an eight-time Wimbledon champion. However, he turns 40 in August, missed most of 2020 recovering from knee surgery, and has played just eight matches this year.  

 After losing in the semifinals of the Australian Open last year, Federer didn’t play again until Doha in March this year where he lost in the quarterfinals. 

Two months later he was beaten in his first match in Geneva, and he then won three matches at the French Open before withdrawing. In Halle last week, Federer defeated Ilya Ivashka and then lost to Felix Auger Aliassime 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, bringing his record for 2021 to 5-3. 

Federer hasn’t won a tournament since winning his hometown event in Basel in 2019, the same year he lost a heartbreaking five-set final to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 13-12 in the final set. 

And yet should he reach the second round of this year’s Wimbledon with four good wins under his belt, Federer will be as much a threat as anybody to win the trophy.

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Verdict

This year could well be the first that someone outside of the Federer-Djokovic-Nadal-Murray monopoly wins the Wimbledon Men’s Singles trophy since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002. 

While 2019 champion Novak Djokovic is the favourite, at 34 his game is better suited to the slower clay courts of Paris than the lightning fast grass courts of SW19.
 
I’m backing the 2021 Queens Club winner Matteo Berrettini to build on the immense grass-court promise he showed in winning that event. The giant Italian has a game as big as he is, and loves playing to the crowd.
 
Like big serving champions of the recent past such as Pete Sampras, Richard Krajicek and Goran Ivanisevic, I’m backing Matteo Berrettini to employ his patented one-two KO combination of his booming serve and equally massive forehand to power through the field and take the winner’s trophy.

Best Bet: Matteo Berrettini Men's Winner @1400.0 at Sportsbet - 1 Unit

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