Murray second favourite for Wimbledon as Brit swerves Djokovic’s half of the draw
The odds on Andy Murray enjoying a second Wimbledon success in a fortnight’s time have shortened following the men’s singles draw which has seen the world number three avoid Novak Djokovic’s section.
Murray begins with a first round encounter against Mikhail Kukushkin although something more telling is that the Brit is in the bottom half of the draw and that means he will only meet Djokovic should the pair reach the final.
Not that the draw means plain sailing for the 2013 champion who could face the dangerous Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the last sixteen stage, while Rafael Nadal or David Ferrer lie in wait at the quarter final phase of the competition.
A round later and seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will be gunning for him, while reaching the final is likely to see Djokovic looking to defend his crown.
Paddy also go 11/8 about Djokovic winning Wimbledon for a third time and the Serbian has enjoyed an extended break since reaching the French Open final before surprisingly losing to Stan Wawrinka.
Wawrinka is as big as 17/1 to follow up his Roland Garros success with another Grand Slam win, although the Swiss’ grass court game is not thought to be good enough to claim an overall victory.
However, the British focus will firmly be on Murray who claims that his game is in better nick than two years ago when he claimed a maiden Wimbledon title.
“You just have to improve, otherwise I wouldn’t still be in the same position,” he said after beating Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Aegon Championships.
“I was ranked [No2 in the world] around that time [when he beat Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2013] and I’m still there now [at No3]. Sport and life … everything moves on. If you don’t get better, there are people who will take your spot.
“I feel I have improved. Physically I’m definitely in a better place than I was then, when I was having problems with my back – not so much on the grass but on the other surfaces.