The world‘s top two tennis players Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are 9/4 joint-favourites to win Wimbledon, a price that presents an opportunity to more than double your money if one triumphs by backing both.
It is a tempting offer given that between them, the breathtaking duo have claimed 22 of the last 25 Grand Slam men’s singles titles and, more significantly, been crowned Wimbledon champion in each of the last eight years.
The two greats have enjoyed an era of dominance that not even greats like Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors or Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi can rival, partly due to their ability to boss the French Open in a manner three of the above four failed to.
Indeed, the gulf in class right now between the top few in the men’s game and the rest of the field is considered an enormous one, so much so that Novak Djokovic (7/2) and Andy Murray (5/1) are rated their only genuine threats.
Is there any prospect of a player beyond that quartet causing an upset in SW19 over the next fortnight? Odds of 10/1, and the fact Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open is the only non-top four major winner in 25 attempts suggest not.
As a result of that success, the Argentine is viewed as the best of the rest at a distant 25/1 but an unconvincing grass-court resume and unremarkable record since returning from injury count against his chances.
There is one reason for those taking the 10/1 on a shock at Wimbledon to be cautiously optimistic – the surprise final appearances of Andy Roddick – who took Federer the distance in 2009 – and Tomas Berdych in the last two years.
That indicates that the margin between the best and rest isn’t as wide as perceived, at least on grass, and that at the very least there is a possibility of an outsider reaching the final.
Ladbrokes offer a market in which you can name the finalists, in which Nadal versus Queen’s runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a not outrageous contender at tasty odds of 33/1.