It’s hard to remember a tournament in South West London more open than this one.
The big 4 have dominated the mens game for a decade now and its hard to pick their long term successor from the pack.
The ever green Federer leads the betting at 3.75 on what is without doubt his best surface. However he has been out injured and is not as sharp around court anyway as he used to be, class player but we think too short to take a punt on in such a long tournament. One of the reasons the big 4 have won so many titles at the slams is that they are able to win the early rounds in three quick sets. Just winning the games is now as tough for them as the pack.
Next in the betting we have world number 1 Murray. he is the defending champion and at home. That does offset some of his recent poor form. He got to the semi final stage in Paris and so is back up a level from the early season dross he served up. Still at just 4.5 with Coral its hard to make a case.
Nedal comes next at 6.0 with Hills. If we were going to back one of the big 4 then this would be our man. He has been resting for a couple of years and that seems to have fixed some previous issues. He will be confident given his rivals struggles and could well take this one as well.
Djokovic is in at 4 at 7.0 with Betfred. In our view the best of the 4 at his best. Just a supreme tennis player in all departments. However the Serbian is so far from that at the moment that we would want 15 to get involved, so at just 7.0 no chance for us, a big lay.
We actually like Raonic at 15.0. He got to the final last year and apart from Murray being at his best he would have walked off with the trophy. he has the power to win the early rounds in 3 sets without burning himself out.