Federer Firm in Wimbledon OddsPublished June 22, 2009 by OCR Editor
Anything other than a Federer-Murray final would be a major betting upset.
The shock withdrawal of defending champion and world number one Rafael Nadal from Wimbledon means Roger Federer has firmed in the betting odds to win the tournament.
Spaniard Nadal became only the second defending men's Wimbledon champion in 35 years to not return to the All England Club the following year after making the decision to pull out of the tourney because of knee tendinitis.
Prior to pulling out, Nadal was third favorite with bookmakers, behind Federer and Brit Andy Murray.
Federer, quoted at around 2.10 by most bookmakers one week ago, has shortened to odds-on favoritism, with Ladbrokes offering 1.72 for him to win the tournament just one day before proceedings begin.
Murray has also firmed to 2.75, a long way ahead of the next contender - Novak Djokovic, 13.00.
Anything other than a Federer-Murray final will be a major surprise - Ladbrokes is offering odds of 2.10 on the two meeting in the championship decider two weeks from now.
The stakes are high for both players. Federer is looking to break the all-time record of grand slam singles victories, currently shared by himself and Pete Sampras with 14, and would also return to the number one ranking he made his own for more than four years until replaced by Nadal in August 2008.
Local hero Murray is still trying to win his maiden grand slam, and if he does so at Wimbledon he would become the first Brit to win the world's most prestigious tennis tournament since Fred Perry way back in 1936.