All eyes turn to SW19 this week for the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Join us as we preview the Gentlemen's draw and serve up our tennis picks for each and every quarter.
The 2015 Gentlemen's Wimbledon Draw
The Wimbledon draw on the men's front has caused quite a stir as it sets up a whole slew of intriguing plotlines with potential blockbuster matchups down the stretch. Mainly, it pits the top two favourites in the 2015 Wimbledon tournament betting markets Djokovic and Murray on a collision course for the final. Here we look at each respective draw and serve up our choice tennis picks.
First Quarter Wimbledon Pick: Djokovic's Quarter To Win At -285 at 5Dimes
Top seeds: No.5 Nishikori +500 and No. 9 Marin Cilic +1400
Djokovic is slated to win the first quarter on the Wimbledon Odds board at -300, but it's not going to be trouble-free as a stroll in Hyde Park. Nishikori has fallen into the same section as the Serbian starlet, slated for a potential quarterfinal showdown. Japan's No.1 player has shown he's more than capable of going toe-to-toe with the Big Four, including two wins over Djokovic in six meetings. Most impressively, he dumped Djokovic out of the 2014 US Open when he won their semi-final clash in four sets. Should it come down to this pair deciding the first quarter, there'll be many tennis bettors pounding Nishikori's tennis odds in match betting markets. Obviously, those with the foresight to take him as the delectable second favourite at +500 to win the first quarter will be the ones laughing the heartiest all the way to the cash window.
It's also worth looking at Marin Cilic at +1400 to win the first quarter. The US Open champion defeated both Federer and Nishikori at Flushing Meadows to lift the coveted prize. Cilic is slated to collide with Nishikori in the R16 for what's going to be one of the matches of the day next week if it does materialise. Cilic trails Nishikori 3-5 lifetime, but he won their last meeting: the US Open final 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Where Cilic would struggle though is in the quarterfinals against Djokovic. Getting past the World No.1 is going to take some doing as his head-to-head is a disheartening 0-12.
Others in this section that could emerge and shake things up include in-form Kevin Anderson at +1600, John Isner at +2000 and Bernard Tomic at +3300. Both Anderson (1) and Isner (2) have wins over Djokovic, but only on hard courts and some time ago.
Tennis Betting Verdict: Djokovic is the smart tennis pick at -300 to win outright. However, Nishikori, can beat the odds and win this quarter at +500, so long as he remains healthy throughout the tournament.
Second Quarter Wimbledon Pick: Wawrinka's Quarter To Win At +150
Top Seeds: Milos Raonic +200 and Grigor Dimitrov +600
French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka enters the second quarter as the player to beat at +150, but he's sure to get stiff competition from Milos Raonic if the tennis odds were any indication. The Canadian was a semi-finalist last year (l. to Federer) and enters the Wimbledon Odds board as the second favourite, nipping at Wawrinka's heels at +200 tennis odds. Dimitrov, also a semi-finalist last year, emerges as the third favourite at +600 to win the second quarter, a bit of a ways away from the top tandem on account of a less than convincing Wimby preparation.
Wawrinka's corner actually looks rather negotiable with temperamental Verdasco or Thiem emerging as a third round opponent and either veteran Baghdatis, qualifier John Millman, home favourite Liam Brody and No.16 David Goffin emerging in the R16. A loss in any of these early rounds by Wawrinka would be a shocker.
Raonic has the much tougher prospect in his corner with veteran Tommy Haas in the second round, rising Aussie star Nick Kyrgios in the third round (the Aussie beat Nadal at Wimbledon last year) and then potentially Gasquet or Dimitrov in the R16, amongst several others. Indeed, if Raonic survives all these minefields then he could have a notional shot at Wawrinka.
Tennis Betting Verdict: With the draw Wawrinka has, he should reach the quarterfinals. Raonic, though, isn't a lock to do so not only because of his draw but also because of the fact that he's coming off an injury. Better bets in this section are represented by Nick Kyrgios at +1200 and Dimitrov at +600. Long shot tennis picks to shake things up in this section include Gasquet at +1600 and Haas at +5000.
Third Quarter Wimbledon Pick: Murray's Quarter To Win At -200
Top Seeds: David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal +400
Upon the release of the Wimbledon draw, the third quarter's draw alone of Murray and Nadal caused a lot of the stir in tennis betting markets, slated as they are for a clash in the quarterfinal.
Home favourite Murray is quite correctly matched as the player to beat at -200 tennis odds. He has the form and the confidence right now. Plus, he's the second overall favourite at +250 to win Wimbledon 2015. But tenth seed Rafael Nadal isn't a player to take lightly if he does reach the quarterfinals. Tenth seed he may be, but he's also a 14-time Grand Slam champion, twice Wimbledon champion. He's not the sort of player one wants in his section. Nadal, growing in confidence through the rounds, is a dangerous floater that Murray would have much rather avoided in his bid to win a second Wimby crown before his adoring fans.
Nadal's corner just got lighter with the withdrawal of David Ferrer (elbow injury), making his path to the quarterfinals a lot more negotiable. Murray's corner is a lot more treacherous with players like Tsonga, Muller, Karlovic and Dolgopolov, amongst several others, in his immediate way to a quarterfinal spot. That said, if these players live up to their Big Four billing, we should have a showdown befitting a final in the quarters. Most tennis bettors would bank on Murray, but a bet on two-time Wimby champion Nadal at +400 is a reasonable tennis pick as well.
Tennis Betting Verdict: Murray is the likely tennis pick at -200 but don't be surprised if Nadal pulls off the upset at +400. He's bound to find his mojo eventually. And he loves playing at Wimbledon.
Fourth Quarter Wimbledon Pick: Federer's Quarter To Win At -138
Top Seeds: Tomas Berdych +300 and Gilles Simon +1800
Roger Federer falls into a tough section that includes in-form Tomas Berdych and a couple of dangerous Frenchmen in Gilles Simon +1800 and Gael Monfils +1200 to win the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, the seven-time Wimbledon champion is a runaway -138 favourite to win the fourth quarter.
In the early rounds, Federer's path looks extremely comfortable with winnable matches. In the fourth round, things could get trickier but still manageable with Bautista Agut, Benoit Paire or Felicano Lopez, amongst several others emerging. In the quarterfinals, though, he could get dicey with Tomas Berdych, Gilles Simon or Gael Monfils coming up against him.
Indeed, with the aforementioned triplet are all contained within the same corner, it's considered the tougher section of the fourth quarter with all three having a reasonable shot to emerge into the quarterfinals and challenge Federer to win the quarter. Based on form this season, Berdych is the better tennis pick to emerge. Then again, it's really wide open.
Tennis Betting Verdict: In terms of winning the quarter, though, Federer is going to be the popular tennis pick at -138. He finished runner-up last year to Djokovic and if he's going to ever win an 18th Grand Slam title, this is his best shot. Berdych is a good alternative to consider at +300 tennis picks; that's if you're not a diehard Federer fan and a bit of a sentimentalist.