Bookies Expect Djokovic To Retire With Men’s Major Record
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Bookmakers Bet365 give Novak Djokovic an 11/8 (+138) chance of finishing his career with more Grand Slam singles titles than his two main rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic, 32, moved on to 16 major wins in defending his Wimbledon title on Sunday, moving him to within two of 33-year-old Nadal (18) and four of Federer’s record haul (20).
Nadal is priced at 7/4 (+175) to finish with the most when all three have retired while 37-year-old Federer is 9/4 (+225) to stay at the top of the men’s pile.
Bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “Djokovic was made to work hard for it at Wimbledon, but he’s gradually reeling in both Nadal and Federer and, with age on his side, we make him our favorite to be top of the pile by the time they’ve all hung up their rackets.”
Wimbledon 2019 Final a Classic
It was a wonderful Men’s Singles Wimbledon final in so many ways.
The romantics amongst the crowd, of which there were many, were once again able to delight in the fluid, almost balletic movements of an ageless Roger Federer.
They were treated to almost five hours’ worth of world class tennis – the longest singles final in the history of Wimbledon – and, as far as Wimbledon finals go, it was one of the best ever. Perhaps only Rafael Nadal against Federer in 2008 would surpass it.
On that occasion the Swiss was beaten in a classic by Nadal and in 2019 Novak Djokovic was his conqueror.
Faced with two match points against him, the Serbian dug deep to silence a partisan Centre Court.
The aggressiveness and stroke play under the severest pressure was vintage Djokovic, and his fifth Wimbledon title, after a 12-12 final set and tie break, was surely the most deserved.
It also gave the 32-year-old his 16th Grand Slam singles title. Though Nadal is only a year Djokovic’s senior, 12 of his 18 titles have come at Roland Garros.
Federer Running Out Of Time
Federer still has gas left in the tank and but at 37 years of age, one wonders how much longer he can keep motoring on in the Slams.
Most would settle for the two Australian Opens, one Wimbledon and the final loss to Djokovic that the Swiss has managed in the last two years, but the fact remains that he has been unable to secure a Slam in 2019.
At this point it’s certainly worth asking the question as to whether the Serbian will overhaul both of his contemporaries in terms of Grand Slam Singles titles won once all three have hung up their rackets.
With such a dominant game to complement a superior level of fitness and a never-say-die attitude that is rarely matched on court, it’s a distinct possibility.
Bet365 certainly think he can do it and his 11/8 odds imply a probability of 42.1%. The Serbian is also favorite to retain his Wimbledon crown next year while he also tops the US Open betting., the last Grand Slam of 2019.
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