Andy Murray Tipped For Tennis Gold At The 2016 Rio Olympics

The 2016 Olympics is almost upon us and we've taken a look at the Men's Singles Tennis, which gets underway on Saturday. It is no surprise to see that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray head the betting as five of the world's other top-ten ranked players are missing, with Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both withdrawing through injury...

6th August - 14th August OddsWon/LostBet
Olympic Tennis Men's Singles    
Tips Andy Murray to win gold    Best Bet @ 5 / 2  
Marin Cilic to win gold (each way) @ 50 / 1  

The Favourites

The tournament is being played on the hard courts of the Olympic Tennis Center in Rio and there is the potential for an upset or two as matches are best-of-three sets up until next Sunday's final, which is a best-of-five affair.

Novak Djokovic served notice of his capabilities on hard courts by winning the Rogers Cup in Canada last week and it was a welcome return to form after his shock exit from Wimbledon. The world number one, who has won seven titles already this year, is 4/6 favourite for Olympic gold (Sky Bet) and the Serb will be keen to improve on his fourth place effort from 2012.

However, Andy Murray makes far more appeal at the prices (5/2 with Sky Bet) as the British star should be well rested after taking a break following his Wimbledon success. Murray is of course defending Olympic champion after winning gold at London in 2012 and that success proved to be a springboard for his three subsequent Grand Slam titles.

With Ivan Lendl back in his corner, Murray is a formidable opponent and the Davis Cup hero has shown that representing his country matters more to him than most tennis players.

The Contenders

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal is third-favourite at 16/1 (Betway) but his price makes little appeal as he continues to struggle with wrist problems, while 2012 quarter-finalist Kei Nishikori (16/1) has work to do as the Rogers Cup runner-up often struggles against the very best in the world, with the Japanese star having lost nine meetings in a row against Djokovic.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (50/1) also tends to struggle against the very best in the world and will stuggle to better his quarter-final of 2012, while Juan Martin del Potro (80/1) will do well to emulate his bronze medal effort of four years ago, albeit it is wonderful to see the Argentine working his way back to full fitness.

The Outside Bet

It is Marin Cilic who perhaps represents the best each-way value at 50/1 (Betfred) as the 2014 US Open champion tends to thrive on the hard courts at this time of year. The Croatian, who recently split with his coach Goran Ivanisevic, looked in sublime touch at Wimbledon before letting a winning position slip in his quarter-final with Roger Federer.

Like Murray, Cilic thrives when playing for his country and he played a starring role for Croatia when they came from 2-0 down to beat USA and book their place in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup. Cilic's big serve could be a handy weapon in Brazil and he is worth a small each-way wager.

2016 Olympic Men's Tennis Odds

Posted: Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
Author: Chris Knight

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