Rafa Nadal Ready To Roll Back The Years By Winning A Third Wimbledon Title

The 2017 Wimbledon Championships get underway on Monday and it promises to be a fantastic two weeks of tennis at SW19, with Rafael Nadal our top tip to go all the way on the grass thanks to a relatively kind draw...

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Rafa Is Ready

Nadal pulled out of a warm-up at Queen's as he took the chance to rest and recuperate on the grass practice courts of Majorca after securing his tenth French Open crown last month. The Spaniard confirmed he was back to his very best after reaching the final of the Australian Open earlier this year and it is wonderful to see he is fully fit after years of torment.

It makes such a huge difference for Nadal to be confident in his body once more and we fancy him to add to the two Wimbledon crowns he won in 2008 and 2010. A five-time finalist at SW19, the Spaniard has enjoyed a relatively kind draw up to the quarter-finals, where he is pencilled in to meet either Marin Cilic (Nadal has won their past four meetings) or Kei Nishikori (Nadal leads their head-to-head 9-2).

Nadal can be backed at 9/2 with Boylesports and he is the way to go for us here.

As a small saver in case Nadal does falter, we will be backing Marin Cilic at a nice each-way price of 20/1 with Paddy Power. The big-serving Croatian has reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the past three years and the Queen's Club runner-up has unfinished business with this major after narrowly losing out to Federer twelve months ago, while his pedigree as a former US Open champion should not be underestimated.

The winner of the Nadal-Cilic section could well meet Andy Murray (11/2 with Betfair) in the semi-finals but the number one seed won't have it easy this year. The 2013 and 2016 champion has been struggling with a hip injury in the build-up to this event and that is a major concern ahead of a potential second round clash with the dangerous Dustin Brown, while Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried-Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka are all lurking in his quarter.

Wawrinka (33/1) is some people's dark horse for a tilt at a first Wimbledon title but he has managed to make the last-eight only twice in twelve previous visits.

The Bottom-Half Of The Draw

It is Roger Federer who is the favourite to win an eighth Wimbledon title after he secured his first major title since 2012 with victory at the Australian Open in January. The 35-year-old skipped the clay court season to be ready for the grass and it immediately paid dividends as he won the title in Halle again last week.

However, the 35-year-old is plenty short enough at 23/10 for Wimbledon, particularly as he faces a first round tie with Alexandr Dolgopolov prior to a potential fourth round clash with former semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov and a quarter-final against either last year's runner-up Milos Raonic or the exciting talent of Alex Zverev, who lost to Federer in the final of Halle.

The out-of-sorts Novak Djokovic (6//1) is also in the bottom-half and the three-time Wimbledon champion would be Federer's semi-final opponent if the seedings work out. The three-time Wimbledon champion crashed out in the third round last year and could face Juan Martin Del Potro in round three this time around....

2017 Wimbledon Men's Odds

Posted: Friday, 30th June 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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