Men’s Singles Winner
Three men have dominated the men’s Wimbledon title over the past nine years: Roger Federer has claimed six titles, Rafael Nadal two and Novak Djokovic the 2011 crown.
Perhaps more telling, however, is the fact that 17 of the last 19 winners have been seeded at either one or two. The only anomalies in that list are Roger Federer, who claimed his maiden title in 2003 as the number four seed, and Goran Ivanisevic, who famously won the title as a wild card in 2001.
This year Novak Djokovic is seeded at number one and Rafael Nadal at number two. They can be backed at odds of 2.75 and 3.25 respectively. Federer is seeded three and quoted at odds of 5.00.
Defending champions have had a better time of things at Wimbledon than at any other Grand Slam. A total of seven champions have successfully defended their title at SW19, on a total of 17 occasions.
That said, it has been five years since any man retained his title at the All England Club and we are currently amid the longest period in history without a successful title defence at any of the four majors. It is a 1.44 chance that Djokovic does not win this year’s Wimbledon.
18-year-old British youngster Oliver Golding will be the youngest player on the men’s side of the draw after being given a wild card entry to the tournament. He will also be making his Grand Slam debut here and is the 3.55 outsider to win his opening round match against the unseeded Russian Igor Andreev.
Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo is the elder statesmen of the group at 34 years and six months, and is the rank outsider at odds of 9,000.00 for the title. Roger Federer is aiming to become only the 11th different man to win a Grand Slam title aged 30 or over in the Open Era.
Women’s Singles Winner
The women’s tournament hasn’t been dominated quite as much by the top seeds, but it has been dominated by one name. Well, one surname to be more precise. Venus and Serena Williams have won nine of the last 12 women’s titles and between them have made 14 final appearances.
While Serena has slipped to number six in the world rankings, Venus is now way down the pecking order at number 55 going into the 2012 championships. However, form coming into the tournament isn’t usually a defining factor for Venus, who won the title when seeded as low as 23 in 2007.
Serena is priced as the 4.25 second favourite, while the unseeded Venus is as big as 25.00.
A Helping Hand
Since Martina Navratilova won the last of her nine Wimbledon titles in 1990, there has only been one left-handed ladies winner, and just three left-handed finalists. Defending champion Petra Kvitova was, however, the lady to buck the trend by winning the 2011 title.
Unibet’s Wimbledon specials market has odds of 1.16 on this year’s winner being right-handed, and 5.00 that she is left-handed.