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Who Will Win Wimbledon Gentleman’s 2021 Title? Betting Odds & Tips

Tennis fans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of June 28th, as it marks the beginning of the Wimbledon Championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London. The quintessentially British tournament is replete with strawberries and cream and attracts the finest tennis players from all over the world, who hope to leave as champion.

The likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer have dominated Wimbledon in recent years, but with rising stars like Daniil Medvedev coming onto a game, it will be interesting to see if the pendulum of power will shift in 2021. Let’s take a look at who the Irish betting websites like Betfree fancy to win the men’s Wimbledon crown this year. 


Novak Djokovic – 1.99 

According to the bookies, there’s only going to be one winner of Wimbledon in 2021, and that’s the Joker, Novak Djokovic. Following on from his remarkable comeback against Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland Garros, Djokovic will be hoping to add to his incredible 19 grand slam wins when he takes to Wimbledon at the end of June. And as his short odds would suggest, it would take a brave punter to bet against him. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas – 8.6 

Tsitsipas will be hoping to recover from his defeat to Djokovic in Paris, and it’s surely only a matter of time until the impressive Greek lifts his first major trophy. He was in scintillating form in France, and a repeat of the quality that led him to the final will surely be enough to take him to the later rounds of Wimbledon. It’s worth noting, however, that he’s never gone past the fourth round in London, so he’ll have to improve on his previous performances on grass if he’s to challenge Djokovic for the second time this summer.

Novak Djokovic has won Wimbledon in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019.

Danil Medvedev – 9.4 

Many are backing Danil Medvedev to dominate the game in years to come. The 25-year-old Russian is the current ATP world number two, and like Tsitsipas, he will be doing all that he can to secure his first grand slam title at Wimbledon this year. Like Tsitsipas, however, Medvedev doesn’t have the best record on grass, and he’s never progressed further than the third round at Wimbledon. With Rafael Nadal missing from action this summer, Medvedev is many people’s favourite to challenge Djokovic this year, so it will be interesting to see how he can evolve as a grass court player.

Roger Federer – 13.5 

There was a time when eight-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer was simply unplayable. A crowd favourite at the All England Club, Federer’s best days might be behind him, but he’s still worth a bet. While his last grand slam title came at the Australian Open in 2018, the 39-year-old legend will be hoping to once again go the distance at Wimbledon. And with a vociferous crowd behind him, stranger things have certainly happened in London. Remember, Federer had two match points in the 2019 final vs his nemesis Djokovic.

Alexander Zverev – 18

24-year-old German Alexander Zverev is undoubtedly one to watch at Wimbledon this year. A permanent fixture in the ATP top ten since 2017, he always seems to be there or thereabouts in major tournaments. He was a semi-finalist in this year’s French Open and narrowly lost out to Dominic Thiem in the US Open final last year in five dramatic sets. Whether he can secure his first grand slam title at Wimbledon this summer remains to be seen, but it’s surely only a matter of time until the talented German turns his impressive tournament finishes into historic silverware.

Closing thoughts. 

With full crowds expected at Wimbledon following the partial relaxation of lockdown measures in the UK, it promises to be a wonderful summer of tennis in London. Don’t be surprised to see the in-form Novak Djokovic leave as champion, as the bookies have him as the overwhelming favourite to secure his 20th grand slam title.

Other notable players who are certainly capable of inflicting a major upset and/or second week damage to the draw are: Matteo Berrettini, Ugo Humbert, Taylor Fritz, Andrey Rublev, Reilly Opelka, Alex Deminaur, John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Jan-Lennard Struff, Kei Nishikori, Jannik Sinner, Feliciano Lopez, Andy Murray and Lorenzo Musetti.

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  • Scoop Malinowski · June 22, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Very hard to see anyone beating Djokovic now. He seems umbeatable and nothing will defy his desire to get 20 and then 21 majors. For Rafa to surrender his opportunity to conquer Djokovic at Wimbledon on grass indicates just how much Rafa respects the game and mental and physical dominance of Djokovic. Tsitsipas is very dangerous though, he came so close in Paris and if he can somehow be a little better, he can do it.

  • Gaurang · June 22, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Scoop, good article. Even though Novak looks unbeatable at the moment, he is human. Maintaining top level from slam to slam will be difficult. Eventually he will run into a bad day in office, or an opponent who is in super form.

    Grass makes it easy for upsets I feel. Somebody who has a great serve can pull out upsets here and there.

    Apart from the 4 candidates you have mentioned I like Berretini’s chances. Perhaps even more than Zverev and Federer and Medvedev. So I would rate him #3 candidate after Djoko and Tsitsipas. His serve is really strong and he has an amazing one-two punch which is very powerful in grass. If he is serving well, he can be tough to beat.

    Novak took him out in RG in a tight 4 set battle, which could have gone either way.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 22, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Gaurang, I agree Berrettini is very dangerous right now, he had Djokovic in deep trouble at RG and we saw how stressed Djokovic was when he was screaming at the end. He could do it on grass too. Djokovic has been stunned at Wimbledon before, most notably by Querrey. Another example is Hewitt being dismissed as defending champ in the 1R by Dr. Ivo, who lost in qualies yesterday. Stefan Kozlov told me years ago when he was in the junior final vs Rubin, the courts at Wimbledon play more like hard courts. So it may seem like a lock on paper but tournaments are never won on paper. Djokovic will surely have to overcome plenty of adversity and suffering to win 20.

  • catherine · June 23, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Scoop – the courts at Wimbledon change from year to year, as all grass courts, depending on the weather, before and during the tournament,use of etc. It’s been a mixture of hot and cool, wet, this spring but unlikely the courts will be ‘like hard courts’.

    Players prepping at Eastbourne may find a difference – the soil there is chalk based, unlike London.

    IMO, great players can win on anything, ploughed fields included.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 23, 2021 at 7:43 am

    Catherine, I agree great players can win on any surface, which makes Roger bolting out of Paris and Rafa skipping Wimbleodn all the more perplexing. Maybe sometimes these players forget how great they are.

  • Sam · June 23, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve learned to pretty much ignore the bookies. 😉

    I’d say Djokovic is the favorite, with around a 60% chance of winning. But of course, that doesn’t make him a lock. As always, so much depends on the actual draw.

    Besides him, I think Berrettini will be the most dangerous. As for that nearly 40-year-old dude who’s desperate for one more moment of glory–extremely unlikely. 🤣

  • Sam · June 23, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Speaking of Djokovic, it appears that, in retrospect, he really was holding back a bit in Rome—and saving his best for Roland Garros. If that indeed was his strategy, it was ingenious. 😉

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 23, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Sam there is no doubt Djokovic did not play Rafa in that Rome final with 100 percent intensity, or even with the same intensity he used vs Sonego. Rafa surely knew it too.

  • Sam · June 24, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Scoop, do you think Nadal was overconfident heading into the semis against Djokovic, or do you believe that he was expecting a real dogfight?

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 24, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Sam, Nadal knows better than any of us how dangerous Djokovic is on any tennis court. No, I believe Nadal was very threatened by Djokovic, he was aware that Djokovic did not play the Rome final at full intensity, full hunger. He may even believe deep down that Djokovic at his best might even be better on red clay than Rafa at his best. Nadal has always had a mindest of humility and being the underdog, instilled by his uncle. I have never seen Rafa overconfident, arrogant or complacent on a tennis court and it’s doubtful we ever will see him as such.

  • Sam · June 24, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    By the way, Scoop, I noticed that you used the British spelling “favourite” three times in your article. Are you trying to emulate the British now that it’s nearly Wimbledon-time? 😉

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 24, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Good eye )

  • Hartt · June 26, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Catherine, if you are around, I was thinking about you while watching Kerber win the title in Bad Homburg today. She played well during the entire tourney, but especially well today. She was solid, but hit some terrific shots as well, including a reflex volley that the commie called the shot of the tournament. She looked focused, determined and, most important of all, hungry. If she takes this level to Wimby she will be a force to be reckoned with.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 26, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Kerber’s sudden surprise renaissance also got me a little nostalgic for the old days of this site, the Andrew Millers, Hartt, Catherine, Hairload and so many others. Hope you’re all well. The site is actually doing better now, more readers, visitors, sponsors but not as many astute comments )

  • Sam · June 26, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    while watching Kerber win the title in Bad Homburg today.

    Well, for her it was obviously Good Homburg. 😆

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 26, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Been seeing too much of Bad Kerber for a while, good to see good Kerber for a welcome change. Also good to see the Q Ball revival. Veteran players like Qball and Kerber have that grass experience advantage.

  • catherine · June 27, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Hartt – nice to hear from you, and to see your comment above. I’ve been following Angie all the year, maybe for an article if she retires. I thought she would win Bad H.- she was involved in setting it up in 2019 but sadly cancelled last year. The ambience suits her. But I can’t see her going far at W’don – strong field, mixed memories of the past. I think this will be Petko’s goodbye as well. I miss Julia G. She did the right thing though.

    I read MCM often but won’t sign up – don’t like Discqus. Comments are good for info. I’ve read it since Bodo’s day.

  • Hartt · July 1, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Hi Catherine. Am watching Kerber vs Sorribes Tormo now. Angie won the first set 7-5 and they are at 2 all in the 2nd.

    It is great to touch base. Am glad to hear that you are reading MCM. I am contributing to the introductions now and am enjoying doing some researching and writing.

    Am anxiously waiting for Félix’s match. He will face the younger Ymer, and should be a favourite. I would love to see him go deep in this tourney. He could face Kyrgios and that is a match that would get a LOT of attention.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 1, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Kerber was very impressive to take care of Sorribes Tormo who is a super tough competitor. Kerber won the marathon 64 in third and unleashed her signature double fist pump rock and roar exultation. Her box was fired up too. She knows she can win this title. Kyrgios is looking as good as we’ve seen him look in years or ever. Boy is he going to be a handful for anyone. Gasquet is going to roll over for Federer. Johnson has roared back from two sets down to Fritz to force the fifth. Bublik has beaten Dimitrov who may have his best shot to win a Grand Slam playing mixed with Serena.



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