Who will Win Wimbledon 2017? – Federer looks a worthy Favourite at 9/4 for Wimbledon 2017The 2017 Wimbledon Championships will take place between the 3rd July and 16th July. The location is the All England Club, London.
The third Grand Slam of the year, Wimbledon is considered by many to be the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. It's the one tennis title every player wants to win. With a longer recovery period between the French Open and Wimbledon this year, the players should be at their best, having enjoyed ample opportunity to play on grass prior to the event.
The men’s singles event is one of the most anticipated for many years. There are some players struggling and others making a return to form. We assess the chances of the leading seeds and help solve the question on everyones lips as to who will win Wimbledon 2017.
Who has the potential to win the Wimbledon 2017 men’s singles title?
The defending champion is Andy Murray and the Scot will start the tournament as world number one. However, things have not been going to plan for Murray this year, following a very strong finish to last season.
Andy Murray could struggle with fitness
Murray’s form has been poor and his semi-final appearance at Roland Garros was quickly forgotten as he was dumped out of Queens in the first round. There are also reports Murray is struggling for fitness. If this is the case, he will struggle to claim his third Wimbledon title this year. Given his form and fitness, the 6/1 for Murray to win the men’s singles this year does not seem like great value.
Djokovic rates a bigger danger
Another top player who has been struggling over the past 12 months is Novak Djokovic. Both he and Murray have won the last four Wimbledon men’s singles titles between them. However we could see a different winner in 2017.
Djokovic has a superb record at Wimbledon. It is superior to Murray’s and this makes him more of a danger than the Scot. However, Djokovic has failed to produce anywhere near his best tennis for close to a year now. The one positive for Djokovic has been his participation at Eastbourne. At the time of writing, he has made the final of the event. This is good progress for the Serb, who is playing the tournament for the first time since 2010.
Nadal looks ready
Two players who were struggling for fitness last year, have made a stunning comeback in 2017. Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are full of confidence heading into Wimbledon 2017.
Nadal decided to have a break after winning the French Open and it will be interesting to see how the Spaniard copes in the opening rounds of the tournament. If he can make it through the first week, Nadal will become a dangerous opponent. Nadal has proven he is fit enough and good enough to win a third men’s singles title at Wimbledon this year.
However, one man comes into the tournament as favourite and his name is Roger Federer.
Even at the age of 35, the Swiss remains the man to beat on grass. One glance at the statistics shows Federer is leading the way on the ATP Tour for combined service points and return points won across the last two years on grass. Many people will point to his age as a reason why he will not win the tournament but Federer has won four of his five deciding fifth sets in the last year, which proves he has the stamina to produce the goods in long matches.
Having won the Australian Open at the start of the year, Federer opted to miss the clay court swing and concentrate fully on grass. The world number 5 won the Halle Open towards the end of June, a grass event he has dominated in recent years. He looks in great shape to mount a challenge for a record eighth Wimbledon men’s singles title.
What of the other players in the men’s singles draw?
If you add Stan Wawrinka to the four players mentioned above, you have the winners of 47 of the last 49 Grand Slam titles, which underlines their dominance of the men’s game.
However, Wawrinka struggles on grass and has reached the final of just one grass event in his entire career. Wawrinka does tend to play his best tennis on the big occasion. However at Wimbledon he is yet to go beyond the quarter-final stage. The Swiss is out at 33/1 and this underlines the general feeling about his chances at Wimbledon.
2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic, has received plenty of backing following his run to the final at Queens this year. He is 18/1 with Ladbrokes to win Wimbledon. The Croat is a good grass court player but is proven to struggle when coming up against the big-name players. If he is to add Wimbledon to his US Open title, he will need to beat a top player and this is unlikely.
Feliciano Lopez at 80/1 could surprise
However, with Nadal lacking any grass court preparation, Murray struggling for fitness and Djokovic for form, Roger Federer, at 9/4 with William Hill, is rightly the favourite to be crowned the 2017 Wimbledon men’s singles champion.