Novak Djokovic is playing down his chances of Wimbledon glory and has tipped his rival, and Betfair favourite, Roger Federer to win a ninth title. Max Liu has a look at the latest men's draw odds...
"'Roger is the clear favourite without a doubt,' said Djokovic, who may or may not have had a quick look at Betfair where Federer is indeed the [2.82] jolly."
Novak Djokovic is, at the time of writing, still in the Queen's Club Championships. But that hasn't stopped the Serb writing off his own chances at Wimbledon and tipping Roger Federer to win a record ninth title at SW19.
Djokovic thinks Federer is worthy favourite
Wimbledon 2018 is just over a week away, with the fortnight long tournament getting underway on July 2, and Djokovic is in no doubt about who he thinks will win in the men's draw:
"Roger is the clear favourite without a doubt," said Djokovic, who may or may not have had a quick look at Betfair where Federer is indeed the [2.82] jolly.
The Serb continued: "(Rafa) Nadal maybe hasn't played well at Wimbledon by his standards, but he's won it several times. He's definitely one of the candidates to win the title."
Serb plays down his own chances
Federer has won Wimbledon a record eight times, with the most recent coming last year. Earlier this year, he won the Australian Open for a sixth time.
Nadal is the [8.6] third favourite for the ALL England Club Grand Slam but the Spaniard has played no grass-court tennis this year, having pulled out of Queen's. After him in the betting comes Marin Cilic [12.0] who's having a decent week at Queen's.
So who's the second favourite? Djokovic [7.2]. He's won Wimbledon three times, most recently in 2015, but is returning from a long-term elbow injury, which is why he said:
"Let's not get too ahead of ourselves too early. I'm definitely not one of the favourites for Wimbledon." As we've seen, bettors disagree, so perhaps the Serb is merely trying to lower expectations.
Don't rule out Andy Murray
Djokovic has kind words for Andy Murray who is also returning from a long lay-off. Djokovic said of two-time Wimbledon champion Murray:
"He has home support, things can go in a good direction if he plays well at Wimbledon."
Bettors aren't so convinced and Murray currently trades at [27.0] in the tournament winner market.