Murray and Federer Top Wimbledon OddsPublished June 16, 2009 by OCR Editor
Brit considered big chance to become first local to win Wimbledon in 73 years.
Brit Andy Murray has emerged as Roger Federer's biggest challenger in the odds for the upcoming Wimbledon championships.
Murray, 3.50 to win the tournament at UK bookmaker William Hill, is aiming to become the first Brit to win the world's most prestigious tennis tournament since Fred Perry way back in 1936. William Hill was also offering odds of 4.00 on him Murray completing the Queens-Wimbledon double prior to Murray's Queens final Sunday against American James Blake.
Roger Federer, who won his first French Open last week to tie Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam wins, has emerged as the clear favorite to reclaim the trophy he won every year from 2003 to 2007, with odds of 2.10.
Defending Wimbledon champion (and still world number one) Rafael Nadal is the only other major contender, finding himself in unfamiliar territory in third place behind Murray at odds of 4.00.
The women's singles appears to be much more open, as usual. Serena Williams, 3.50, leads sister Venus, 3.50. They are followed by a host of eastern Europeans, led by Russian Maria Sharapova, 7.00, world number one Dinara Safina, also of Russia, 9.00, Belorussian Victoria Azarenka, 11.00, and Serb Ana Ivanovic, 13.00.
Wimbledon begins June 22 at London's All England Club, ending with the men's singles final on July 5.