2019 ATP Wimbledon Championships - Kind draw has Novak Djokovic tipped to reach final

World No. 1 and defending champion is the bookies favourite to win his fifth All England Club title
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Novak Djokovic is the top seed and defending champion at Wimbledon (Getty Images)

2019 ATP Wimbledon Championships Preview, Predictions, Betting Tips & Live Stream

The 2019 Wimbledon Championships begins on Monday as the ATP Tour descends on the All England Club to compete for the oldest and most prestigious of the four Grand Slam titles. Novak Djokovic enters this year's tournament as the top seed and defending champion, followed by the record eight-time winner Roger Federer as the second seed. 

Ahead of the start of Wimbledon, we evaluate the leading contenders and see where there are opportunities in the betting markets.

2019 ATP Wimbledon Championships Betting Odds

  • Novak Djokovic - 2.37
  • Roger Federer - 3.75
  • Rafael Nadal - 7.00
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas - 19.00 Out
  • Felix Auger Aliassime - 29.00
  • Alexander Zverev - 29.00 Out
  • Milos Raonic - 34.00
  • Marin Cilic - 34.00
  • Dominic Thiem - 34.00
  • Nick Kyrgios - 41.00

2019 ATP Wimbledon Championships Top Contenders

Novak Djokovic (2.37)

It was at Wimbledon 12 months ago that Novak Djokovic kickstarted his remarkable revival and went on a run of form that saw the Serbian return to World No. 1 and collect the next two Grand Slam titles. 

Djokovic has opted to skip all the grass court warm-up events this season, taking a drastically different approach to last year when he reached the Queen's Championship final and won the Eastbourne International title. It just shows a player comfortable with his game and confident of his abilities to quickly adapt to the grass. 

Djokovic has a relatively kind draw and should face little challenge in the first week. If the draw goes to seedings, his first test could be againt rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals. 

By then, though, the 15-time Grand Slam champion will likely be motoring along and very difficult to beat - which is why we are backing Djokovic to reach the Wimbledon final. He is likely to face either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the final, and he could feasibly lose to either rival, but 1.80 to reach the final is a very attractive bet.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer prepared for Wimbledon by winning the Halle Open for a 10th time (Getty Images)

Roger Federer - 3.75

It has been 20 years since Roger Federer made his Wimbledon debut, and a record eight titles later, the 37-year-old Swiss is still among the leading contenders heading into this year's tournament. 

Federer has warmed up for Wimbledon the only way he knows how: by winning the Halle Open for a record-extending 10th time. Despite being in the perceived twilight of his career, the Swiss has won three titles this season to take his overall tally to 102. 

His game appears to be in perfectly working order ahead of Wimbledon, but he has come undone at recent Grand Slams during the latter stages. Is age finally catching up with the great Roger Federer?

While he can never be discounted, Federer will also have to contend with Rafael Nadal in his side of the draw, with the long-time rivals pencilled in for a semi-final showdown. There will not be a more popular winner than Federer, and this could be one of his final chances to add to his record trophy haul.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal rediscovered his grass court form to reach the 2018 Wimbledon semi-finals, but he faces a minefield of a draw this year (Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal - 7.00

Rafael Nadal has always experienced mixed fortunes at Wimbledon. At the peak of his powers, the Spaniard became a two-time champion at the All England Club, although some of his biggest shock defeats have come on the same lawn courts. 

Nadal failed to reach beyond the fourth round between 2012 and 2017, while missing the 2016 event with injury. However, last season he rediscovered his touch on the grass and was impressive in his march to the semi-finals, where he was desperately unlucky to lose to Novak Djokovic, 10-8 in the fifth set.

As ever, Nadal has limited his competitive involvement in the build-up to Wimbledon, preferring instead to train in Mallorca and preserve his knees. He will need to get up to speed at Wimbledon quickly as the Spaniard faces a minefield of a draw, that could include matches against Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer. 

Nadal's success will therefore depend on how quickly he adapts to the grass. Adapt quickly and he can repeat last year's efforts or go further, start slowly and an early exit could be on the cards.

2019 ATP Wimbledon Championships Outsiders

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas has been priced as the biggest challenger to the Big Three at Wimbledon (Getty Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas - 19.00

It is testament to the 20-year-old Greek's rapid rise that he is now considered the biggest challenger to the Big Three of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. The World No. 6 posseses power, athleticism and a superb all-round game, making him a threat on any surface. Winning the 2019 Wimbledon title may be a little too early, but Stefanos Tsitsipas is a Grand Slam champion in the making.

Felix Auger Aliassime - 29.00

The breakout star of the ATP Tour this season, World No. 21 Felix Auger Aliassime had never played an ATP World Tour grass court event before this year. He then went on to reach the Stuttgart Open final and Queen's semi-final. The 18-year-old will be confident of a deep run, but the title is likely to be beyond him at this stage.

Alexander Zverev - 29.00

This season has not exactly gone to plan for Alexander Zverev, and after a frustrating clay court swing - despite a title in Geneva - the 22-year-old German has not fared much better since switching to grass, winning just two matches across two tournaments. The World No. 5 has enormous amounts of talent and has the ability to go far at Wimbledon, although confidence and form are lacking.

Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic has the game to succeed on grass and reached the 2017 Wimbledon final - although form has been an issue this season (Getty Images)

Marin Cilic - 34.00

Few players have a game better suited to success at Wimbledon than Marin Cilic. A dangerous serve, powerful groundstrokes and great movement for a taller player - little wonder the Croatian reached the 2017 final. However, Cilic's form has been ordinary this season and he appears to be suffering a crisis of confidence and has tumbled down to World No. 18. He undoubtedly has the game to go far at Wimbledon, though.

Dominic Thiem - 34.00

Dominic Thiem really should be doing better at Wimbledon. From five visits to the All England Club, the Austrian World No. 4's record reads: first round, second round, second round, fourth round, first round. He has the power and ability to produce results on grass, and his improvements on hard courts demonstrates a player learning to transfer his skills from the clay. Grass could now follow suit for the Indian Wells champion. 

2019 ATP Wimbledon Championships Live Stream

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2019 ATP Wimbledon Championships Key Stats

  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the only players in the draw to have won Wimbledon (14 times combined)
  • Roger Federer has done the Halle Open-Wimbledon double five times. He won the Halle Open this year for a 10th time
  • For this first time, Wimbledon's fifth set will be decided on a tie-break if the score is still level at 12-12

2019 ATP Wimbledon Championships Betting Tips

It is difficult to see any player other than Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal winning the Wimbledon title. Given his versatility, ability to peak at the Grand Slams and raise his level against the best, we are tipping Djokovic to defend his trophy.

Best Bet: Quarter 4 Winner - Roger Federer @ 1.44 at bet365 - 5 Units
To Reach the Final Tip: Novak Djokovic @ 1.80 at bet365 - 3 Units
Wimbledon Outright Winner: Novak Djokovic @ 2.37 at bet365 - 2 Units

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