Federer Still Wimbledon FavoritePublished June 23, 2008 by OCR Editor
The Swiss champion is favorite to win the men's singles at Wimbledon. Maria Sharapova is tipped to win the ladies' singles.
Despite poor form, Roger Federer is the bookmakers' favorite to take out a record sixth consecutive Wimbledon title, breaking Bjorn Borg's previous best of five straight Wimbledon's won between 1976-80. Sportingbet UK has Federer at even money to survive from the 128-strong field, while Ladbrokes lists him at a slightly looser 5/4.
Such has been Federer's dominance at this tournament in recent years that only a handful of other players are considered to even be in the mix. Spaniard and world number two Rafael Nadal, who defeated Federer in the French Open final two weeks ago, is quoted by Sportingbet at 15/8.
The rest of the field is led by world number three, Serb Nojak Djokovic, 5/1 and American Andy Roddick, 10/1, before a massive drop to the rest of the players, beginning with local Andy Murray, 40/1.
The Ladies Singles is expected to be a little more competitive. World number two Maria Sharapova of Russia is the tournament favorite at 11/4, but faces stiff competition from Serbian world number one Ana Ivanovic, 7/2, and the Williams sisters Serena 7/2 and Venus 5/1. Ivanovic's compatriot Jelena Jankovic, 12/1, and Sharapova's fellow countrywoman 16/1 round out the odds nicely.
With the increasing popularity of sports-betting online, Ladbrokes.com is offering some special bets in association with the 2008 Wimbledon tournament. These include a refund on two sets to love matches, meaning that if someone places a bet on a singles match and their player goes on to lose after leading two sets to love, the outlay will be refunded. Ladbrokes will also double a punter's winnings if their selection in a ladies singles match records a double bagel - a 6-0 6-0 victory.
The tournament goes for two weeks, with the ladies' and men's finals taking place on 5 and 6 July.