Wimbledon Betting: Reasons to Consider Backing Three ‘Other’ Favorites

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Gary Pearson @newagejourno Jun 24, 2022, 4:47 PM

The main draw at the All England Club is set to commence on Monday, June 27, and there is value in backing each of the three favorites who don’t go by the name of Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic. 

Wimbledon odds have the top five favorites listed in this order: Djokovic (-120), Matteo Berrettini (+550), Nadal (+800), Carlos Alcaraz (+1200), Hubert Hurkacz (+1400).

Let’s, for a few minutes, take our attention off the terrific twosome. You all know who I’m referring to. Before tucking into why the other three favorites deserve a glance, Djokovic, who is searching for his fourth successive Wimbledon trophy, is the undisputed favorite for a good reason.

Berrettini – Second Favorite at +550 

The world No. 11 flies into Wimbledon after winning his second Queen’s Championship in as many years. The Italian lost a single set in five matches en route to victory. He blew past Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-4 in the final. That was on the back of winning another Wimbledon warm-up, the Stuttgart Open, the week prior. 

The 26-year-old has lost just one grass-court match (20-1) in the last year, which happened to come on the final Sunday at Wimbledon last season. He fell to Djokovic in the final, losing in four sets. Don’t bet against the dynamic Italian returning to the final at the 2022 Championships. 

He is not in the same half of the draw as Djokovic and won’t have to play the indomitable Serb until the final. 

However, he will have to vanquish Nadal if he is to make a repeat finals appearance. Even with that monstrous task potentially on the horizon, Wimbledon betting odds have him placed correctly at second favorite. 

Alcaraz – Fourth Favorite (+1200)

The 19-year-old Spaniard is enjoying a breakout season. Four of his five wins on the tour since turning pro have come in the current calendar year. He has the physical prowess to dominate for years to come. 

Agile, strong, quick and versatile, Alcaraz can beat anyone on his day. However, the world No. 6 has just recovered from an elbow injury that prevented him from participating in a warm-up tournament. That wouldn’t be a huge issue for an established, grass-court veteran. 

He only has two grass-court appearances since turning pro, hardly the make-up of a seasoned veteran. Both of those appearances came at last season’s Wimbledon, where he lost in the second round to current World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev. 

There’s certainly no shame in losing to one of the world’s best players. The looming question is whether the green (sorry about the pun) Spaniard can overcome his palpable lack of experience on the surface Wimbledon made famous. If he does advance to the quarterfinal, Alcaraz faces the terrifying prospect of meeting Djokovic.

Hurkacz – Fifth Favorite (+1400)

The world No. 10 enters Wimbledon on the back of a triumphant preparatory tournament. He wallopped Medvedev 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Halle Open. 

That was Hurkacz’s first ATP title of 2022 and his fifth overall. The victory in Halle marked his maiden triumph on grass. His other four titles – three of which came in 2021 – occurred on hard court. 

The massive 6′5″ Pole loves playing on hard surfaces as he can dominate with monstrous serves and ground strokes. 

Wimbledon’s courts harden as the tournament progresses, so Hurkacz will become more comfortable the further he advances. Last season, in his third appearance at The Championships, Hurkacz reached the semi-final and was ousted by Berrettini in four sets. 

Though winning Wimbledon is seemingly just out of reach for Hurkacz, the 25-year-old has the power, strength and desire to triumph at the All England Club one day. 

Wimbledon Betting at BetMGM

At the online sportsbook, you can bet on Wimbledon odds throughout the year. And when the world’s best players arrive at the All-England Club each summer, there’s no shortage of Wimbledon betting opportunities for Novak Djokovic, Iga Swiatek, Rafael Nadal, and others.

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Gary Pearson

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Gary Pearson is a freelance sports writer who contributes regularly to BetMGM, specializing in hockey, tennis and soccer coverage.

Gary Pearson is a freelance sports writer who contributes regularly to BetMGM, specializing in hockey, tennis and soccer coverage.