Wimbledon Preview – Men’s Singles: Alcaraz, Djokovic, Tsitsipas & Kyrgios

It’s time for the most prestigious major in sports, Wimbledon. This tournament has been far more interesting in recent years without Roger Federer, while it was a gift to watch him work, we all new what the end result would be. While Novak Djokovic remains the heavy favorite, the soft surface allows for a more open field.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has won six of the last eight majors he has played in. Mandatory Credit: Mike Frey-USA TODAY Sports

Novak Djokovic has now won four straight Wimbledon tournaments, and he is a heavy favorite to win his fifth and be one leg away from the first calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988. Should he take Wimbledon and the US Open next month, he would be the first man to complete the feat since Rob Laver in 1969.

Djokovic to win a major has been free money for many years, but (-190) is some of the worst odds we have seen. It’s still a solid bet, and the great thing about this wager is that the odds barely change until the semifinals. Nick Kyrgios is likely the only man that can stop Djokovic, so I will for Kyrgios to meet his demise before placing the bet.

For the first five rounds, I’ll be betting on Djokovic to win in straight sets.

Nick Kyrgios

 Nick Kyrgios is making his first Grand Slam appearance of the year. Mandatory Credit: Mike Frey-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Kyrgios met Djokovic in the finals of last year’s tournament but only lasted four sets. They’ll likely see each other again, as the draw would have them meeting in the fourth round. Kyrgios is undoubtedly the biggest threat to Djokovic. However, he is also the biggest threat to himself.

Kyrgios’ antics have kept him from the top for many years now. He’s like an OceanGate submersible, extremely liable to implode. While he’s not someone bettors can rely on, counting him out completely would be unwise. It would be inadvisable to place any future on him now, but should he make his way past Djokovic to the quarterfinals, that would be worth reassessing.

Carlos Alcaraz

Djokovic is the favorite, and then way off in the distance, is Carlos . Alcaraz has the second-best odds of taking home the pineapple trophy. He is the number-one seed in this tournament and was gifted a stroll to the semifinals. Alcaraz shouldn’t drop so much as a set in the first five rounds. Things will be tough for him in the semis, as he could face Andy Murray, Tommy Paul, or the Greek God Stefanos Tsitsipas.

In his career, Alcaraz has fared well on grass but has never made it past the fourth round of this major. While he will likely top that this year, I wouldn’t bet on him to make it to the finals.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas has never made it past the fourth round of Wimbledon. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports

 

One of the most electric players in the game is Stefanos Tsitsipas; he’s been hanging around at the top for a while but has yet to make his breakthrough.

Tsitsipas received an unfortunate draw, facing Andy Murray in the second round. While Murray is certainly past his prime, he is always a wild card at Wimbledon. As long as nothing crazy happens there, he should be able to make a run at things.

Bettors never fully know what they’ll see from him, but given the odds, he is my favorite dark horse in this Grand Slam event.

To Reach the Quater-Finals (+300)
To Reach the Semi-Finals (+700)

 

 

 

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