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Who Will Win The Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Title In 2019?
24 June 2019
All Grand Slam tournaments are special occasions, but Wimbledon is the one which draws purists and eager tennis fans in equal measure. Still played on grass at the traditional home of tennis, Wimbledon has the eyes of the world upon it once the British summer moves towards June and July. But who is most likely to win the prestigious men’s title in 2019? Will the online sports betting expect to see a familiar name inscribed on the trophy, or someone destined to upset the dominance of the established hierarchy?
Let’s take a look at five of the front runners who the experts believe may have a good chance of lifting the cup after winning what is generally considered the greatest grass-court tournament of them all.
No Wimbledon would seem complete without the presence of Roger Federer. A major figure on the professional tennis circuit for many years, his calm temperament and silky skills are appreciated and admired by all true tennis fans. A more or less permanent member of the Big Four along with Djokovic, Murray and Nadal, Roger Federer should be feeling confident after something of a renaissance this year. He is always a formidable opponent on grass, which is undoubtedly one of his really strong areas. Already having secured an astounding number of Wimbledon wins – he is up to eight so far – 2019 could well see him add to that total.
To achieve that feat at the age of 37, he will have to not only conquer perennial rivals such as Nadal and Djokovic, but also see off challenges from today’s crop of aspiring Wimbledon champions. Then there are those emerging talents inspired by the occasion who are always capable of derailing even the best of nailed-on favourites. But for someone who has enjoyed a career at the top for so long, perhaps Federer’s greatest test will be whether he can stay injury-free throughout the tournament, and whether he still has the hunger and enthusiasm to see him through the tougher moments which await any would-be Wimbledon champion on the road to what would be another remarkable crown.
Always praised as a superb specialist playing on clay courts in the five-set format, which in part explains his great record in events like the French Open championship, Rafael Nadal is also a potent force on any surface and against any opponent. Unfortunately for this supremely talented tennis star, during his career, he has not had great luck with injuries. In fact, his uncle and former coach Toni has said of him that he could sometimes be considered not so much a tennis player but as ‘an injured person who plays tennis’. So it’s more than possible the Spaniard could arrive at this year’s Wimbledon managing some kind of physical pain.
A two-time Wimbledon champion, Rafa’s last triumph was back in 2010 when he beat the Czech runner-up Tomáš Berdych. Thanks to his energetic style and combative nature, Nadal is a great favourite with the crowds and usually does very well in this tournament. To some extent his fortunes may be determined by his early season exertions as he once again seeks to dominate the clay court world.
As the current reigning Wimbledon champion and winner of the 2019 Australian Open, Novak Djokovic is considered a hot favourite for this year’s tournament. This right-handed Serb has won 74 major titles during his career, a total which includes four Wimbledon championships as well as successes in the Australian Open, which he has won seven times), and the French and US Opens. Currently ranked No. 1 in the world, Djokovic may well get through to yet another Wimbledon final. However, if he is to convert his superiority into a fifth Wimbledon title, it will be essential for him to make sure he can sustain his concentration.
With this year’s men’s champion set to receive £2.35 million, an increase of £100,000 over the 2018 prize pot, Djokovic will have plenty of incentive to repeat his success of twelve months’ ago. Back then he overcame South African Kevin Anderson in three sets after a surprising ATP run of more than a year without winning a major title. The fact that Djokovic has always been a big occasion player should stand him in good stead.
Croatian Marin Čilić, a Wimbledon runner-up in the 2017 championships, is currently ranked No. 13 in the world. So despite having been a US Open champion in 2014, he would seem to be something of an outsider. Nevertheless, he has a happy knack of often reaching the later stages of Grand Slam events. And with a fast serve and a powerful array of groundstrokes, he can never be ruled out if the draw starts to fall his way.
The German Alexander Zverev is regarded as a future World No. 1, but could he make Wimbledon the venue where he achieves his first Grand Slam win? What is perhaps not in his favour is that Zverev has not so far won a grass court title. Nevertheless, he has the game to succeed on grass and is developing into a player who is at home in five-set environments. While it will be an upset if Zverev triumphs over Federer or Djokovic, it won’t really be a surprise.
So who stands to win?
Many experts believe this year’s title will go to Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer. But there is also a strong feeling that this could also be the year when Alexander Zverev will stake his claim. Looking at this from a statistical perspective, you have to go back to 2002 to find the last time a player from outside the Big Four was a Wimbledon winner. But does that mean the smart money is already in the right place? Or does it suggest Zverev has a great