Tennis Betting: 2021 Wimbledon Men’s Preview
The 2021 men’s Wimbledon tournament is here. If you follow men’s tennis, you know that Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem won’t play in this tournament. Nadal isn’t necessarily injured, but he has said that since there are just two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, instead of three, his body doesn’t have enough time to be fully ready. He was worn down and in physical discomfort at the end of his French Open semifinal loss. Thiem got injured in the grass season leading up to Wimbledon. These injuries have created a more depleted field, leaving one very obvious favorite in this men’s tournament.
Novak Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite for this tournament with Nadal and Thiem out. It could be said – and it’s true – that Thiem was never a threat to win this tournament, but Djokovic could have faced Thiem in the quarterfinals. He might have received a physical battle which would leave him in a diminished condition for the semifinals. Other players could have worn him down and left him spent for the final, but under these circumstances there are very few players who can really take him down.
One is Stefanos Tsitsipas, who took a two-set lead over Djokovic in the Roland Garros final but then lost focus and wasn’t able to finish the job. Djokovic won in five sets by being the steadier, more dependable player. Djokovic was able to win his 19th major championship and remind Tsitsipas that experience counts in these big tournaments. Tsitsipas might one day win major titles, but it seems as though he isn’t yet there. He is very close, but he obviously still has a few lessons to learn. After the disappointment of falling short at the French Open, it will be tough for Tsitsipas to regroup and go the distance at Wimbledon. He is physically capable and has the variety in his game which can work well at Wimbledon, but he is still young and still at that point in his career where he has to learn how to deal with everything which informs a tennis player’s growth curve.
The other player with a real chance of beating Djokovic is Alexander Zverev. He is in the bottom half of the draw, far removed from Djokovic. He has a smooth path which can enable him to not only win matches, but win them efficiently, which would give Zverev the ability to play Djokovic while being physically fresh in the final.
Daniil Medvedev has a chance as well, but Medvedev is not as proven a player on grass as he is at the hardcourts of the U.S. Open.
The words “Roger Federer” and “longshot” normally don’t go together at Wimbledon, but they do this year. Federer simply hasn’t recuperated from two knee surgeries very quickly. His physical adjustment period is slow. He is still talented, but he is almost 40 years old, and his body isn’t as resilient as it once was. Federer would do well to make the fourth round here. It just isn’t a situation where he is ready to win the tournament, but maybe he can find some magic in the next two weeks.
Other longer shots include Matteo Berrettini, who has never made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon but has a huge serve and can maybe upset Zverev in a possible quarterfinal. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, two Canadians who have never reached a major semifinal, have workable draws in the first five rounds and might be able to get on a roll. Other than that, there aren’t too many players with a real shot at going deep in this event.