The effect that Novak Djokovic’s seeming invincibility is having on Wimbledon betting odds is twofold.
On the one hand, as the first male tennis player to hold all four Grand Slam men’s singles titles at once since the legendary Rod Laver, Djokovic is an overwhelming -150 favorite to win Wimbledon at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com and continue his quest for the Grand Slam.
With the way the 29-year-old Serbian star has been mowing down opponents, though, there are also higher potential payouts on the odds for other challengers that appear at the All England Club during the upcoming fortnight.
Host-nation favorite Andy Murray is a nominal second favorite at +350 on the tennis betting board at the sportsbooks. Aging great Roger Federer, who could potentially face Djokovic in the semifinal, is listed at +1200.
For Djokovic to lose, it might take a combination of him being below peak form against an aggressive opponent with a big serve and go-for-broke attitude. That explains why sixth seed Milos Raonic (+1400) and No. 15 seed Nick Kyrgios (+2200) are relatively high on the board. Each has the arsenal to win a grass-court tournament and are familiar with Wimbledon.
Stan Wawrinka (+2500) is the most recent player to defeat Djokovic at a Grand Slam match. That was more than a year ago, in the 2015 French Open final.
The Wimbledon women’s champion board is topped, of course, by Serena Williams at +150. Williams has nemesis Roberta Vinci lurking as a quarterfinal matchup.
French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, listed at +550, comes in with a lot of hype. Few deny that Muguruza is on course to be the next big thing in women’s tennis, but it often takes a player time to adapt to the extra attention and heightened expectations that come after a player wins her first Grand Slam singles title.
For instance, Angelique Kerber (+2200) has struggled since winning her first Slam at the Australian Open. The draw, incidentally, is set up so that Muguruza would face Venus Williams (+5000) in the quarterfinal.
Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion who also presents a tough matchup since she is a left-hander, is listed at +600. Kvitova has battled a persistent thigh injury in recent weeks, but always seems to elevate her game at Wimbledon.
Madison Keys (+1400), the 21-year-old American, has garnered valuable All England Club experience by reaching at least the third round for three consecutive years.