TWO wonderful weeks of tennis action start on Monday and hopefully by the end of it Andy Murray is celebrating his second Wimbledon title.
The Scot is 11-4 second favourite at William Hill behind world No.1 Novak Djokovic but likes the grass more than the Serb and reckons he’s in the best form of his life.
Murray did well to reach the French Open semis where he pushed Djokovic to five sets then dominated as he won Queen’s for a fourth time.
The top two are due to meet in the Final if they go that far and while Murray is perceived to have the tougher draw with potential meetings against Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer it’s Djokovic – no bigger than 7-5 at sportingbet to retain his crown – whose early matches are much more difficult including a first-round clash with the tricky, big-serving Philipp Kohlschreiber.
An opener couldn’t be any tougher and I’ve even seen some tennis experts predict a win for the German at 16-1 with BetVictor. For me that’s a leap too far against the defending champion but he could win a set and over 3.5 sets at 2-1 with bet365 is my pick.
In the women’s singles there’s only one player I want to back and that’s Serena Williams as she tries to win the third leg in a Grand Slam bid.
On her game the USA star is impossible to beat at Wimbledon and the fact she won the French Open despite being sick says it all.
Williams is a best 7-4 at Ladbrokes and William Hill with defending champion Petra Kvitova second favourites at 4-1 with 888sport.
She is the only player to beat Williams this season and if she can conquer her mental deficiencies she can make the final again.
If you’re backing anyone else do it eachway. Best of the rest look to be Lucie Safarova at 33-1 with sportingbet or Eastbourne winner Angelique Kerber at 25-1 with Ladbrokes and bet365.
I’ll have a look at Monday’s matches in the morning and see if I can come back with anything I like.
Murray to win Wimbledon
(11-4, William Hill)
Djokovic v Kohlschreiber over 3.5 sets
William to win Wimbledon
(7-4, Ladbrokes, William Hill)
Kerber ew to win Wimbledon
(25-1, Ladbrokes, bet365)