The best players in the tennis business have once again made the rapid surface switch from the clay, as we move straight onto the grass-court season, with all roads leading to the Wimbledon championships.
This year has a very different feel in the build-up, with the controversy surrounding the banning of all Russian and Belarussian players, and the subsequent removal of all ranking points. This is all likely to be forgotten, however, when the action gets underway, so we’re looking ahead to some of the leading male contenders for the Wimbledon 2022 title.
Novak Djokovic 5/6
Six-time Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic, is once again the overwhelming favourite to win the title this year. Incredibly, you have to go back to 2017 to find the last time he lost at the championships, when he was forced to retire against Tomáš Berdych in the quarter-finals.
Since then he has absolutely dominated, winning the three titles on offer, in 2018, 2019 and last year. His game is perfectly suited to grass court tennis, he is flexible, has a great serve and his movement is incredible.
Djokovic has to bounce back from the disappointment of losing to Nadal at the French Open, and in doing so falling two majors behind the Spaniard in the race for the greatest player of all time. It’s been a tumultuous start to the season for the Serbian star, with controversy around his vaccination status meaning he missed the Australian Open, and ongoing concerns regarding his fitness.
Wimbledon provides the perfect opportunity to get things back on track for him, and it will take an incredible effort from someone to stop him winning his seventh title. Back Djokovic for the title with great odds at Bet Dukes.
Carlos Alcaraz 11/2
At just 19-years old, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz is already being touted as the superstar to take over the mantle from the legendary Nadal, Djokovic and Federer.
For a few years now he’s had eyes on his tennis and expectations on his shoulders, but nothing seems to faze him. This has been a brilliant season for him thus far, reaching a high of 6 in the world rankings and winning his first two big titles. By winning the Miami Open, Alcaraz became the third youngest player to win a Masters event. He followed this by claiming the Madrid Open honours in his native Spain, as well as two other tournament wins.
He made it to the second round as a wild card in his only previous Wimbledon appearance last year, losing to second seed Daniil Medvedev. Thanks to his incredible progress, this year he will be one of the top seeds and leading contenders to win.
His explosive, dynamic game with excellent athleticism should be perfectly suited to grass courts, and it will be fascinating to see how well he does at the championships this year. Bet £10 and get a £10 free bet with BetStorm.
Rafael Nadal 13/2
What an incredible season this has been for Spanish star Rafael Nadal. A number of people in the tennis world were starting to write him off, after a series of injuries threatened to prematurely end his career. He has proven any doubters wrong, claiming his 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, then sensationally winning his 14th Roland Garros championship last week to take his tally to 22.
Nadal is now halfway to the coveted calendar-year Grand Slam, amazingly this is the first time he has ever won the first two slams of the year. Rafa missed the tournament last year, and he has not made the final here for over ten years. Grass is obviously not his preferred surface, but he has done an incredible job of developing his game to compete at Wimbledon.
Winning Wimbledon, with the need to manage his chronic left foot pain, is a tall order, but this is likely to be one of the best chances he has to add to his two titles at SW19. Get the latest odds on Nadal by visiting Bet365.
Stefanos Tsitsipas 10/1
Wimbledon has not been a happy hunting ground for the popular Greek player, Stefanos Tsitsipas. He has lost in the first round in three of his four Wimbledon appearances, including last year when he lost in straight sets to Frances Tiafoe despite being the third seed. The only time he has made any impression at the championships was in 2018 when he made it through to the fourth round.
It has been an up and down season so far for Tsitsipas. Many fancied him to make the final of the French Open, after avoiding the big guns in the draw, but he disappointingly fell to defeat against youngster Holger Rune. On the positive side he won the Monte Carlo Masters, one of the biggest wins in his career, and also made the final in Rome and the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
He is going to have to have a huge upturn in fortunes on the grass if he is to make it to the second week at Wimbledon, never mind challenging for the tournament win. Join SportNation now and enjoy a free £5 bet every week!
Matteo Berrettini 11/1
With grass being such a specialist surface you have to fancy the chances of Matteo Berrettini.
The Italian had a memorable month this time last year, winning the warmup event at the prestigious Queen’s Club, then going on to reach his first ever Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. He ended up falling agonisingly close to the title, losing in four close sets to champion Novak Djokovic.
His huge serve and big forehand are hard to deal with on such a fast court and no one will be looking forward to being drawn against Berrettini this year.
Felix Auger Aliassime 12/1
It’s been a very mixed year for Canadian youngster Felix Auger Aliassime. He had match points to make the Australian Open semi-finals before falling to Daniil Medvedev in five sets. He then won the title in Rotterdam and made the final in Marseille. He then went off the boil during the Master Series stretch, before coming back to take Nadal to five sets in Paris on his weakest surface, thus becoming only the third player to ever do that to the Spaniard there.
The 21-year old has already made the final of two grass court events in his career, and has an encouraging record at Wimbledon. He made the third round in his first appearance in 2019, and last year he reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a five-set win over the then world number 6 and 4th seed Alexander Zverev.
Given the fact he will now be seeded, and there are so many big names missing this year, he is going to be confident of making a big challenge. Make BetDuel your Wimbledon 2022 betting destination.
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