Top seed Novak Djokovic and second seed Rafael Nadal have booked their places in the second week of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. Thus, underscoring their favorable pre-tournament Wimbledon tennis odds and keeping hope alive for a potential blockbuster Djokovic vs Nadal Wimbledon final.
There’s nothing more thrilling in tennis than the prospect of two of the game’s greatest players going head-to-head. Just the thought of it is enough to send shivers down one’s spine.
What are the chances that Sunday’s Wimbledon final results in a showdown between two of the GOAT candidates of our time?
Join us as we look at the latest Wimbledon news and odds to determine what the chances of a Djokovic vs Nadal final are now. At first glance, the list of legitimate contenders looks wafer-thin right now, with only three legitimate contenders after Djokovic and Nadal.
Wimbledon Tennis Odds
Top Ten Best Bets to Win Wimbledon
- Novak Djokovic -225
- Rafael Nadal +450
- Carlos Alcaraz +750
- Nick Kyrgios +1400
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +1400
- Alex De Minaur +3300
- Taylor Fritz +3300
- Cameron Norrie +3300
- Jannik Sinner +3300
- David Goffin +6600
Novak Djokovic -225
Djokovic (20 Grand Slams) is yet to win his first major title this year. His best chance is the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, where he is the three-time defending champion and six-time champion overall.
As such, Djokovic was installed as the firm favorite in the betting, priced at -125 on the 2022 Wimbledon tennis odds board.
His campaign got off to a slow start as he dropped a set to Soowoo Kwon, but he rebounded in the next two rounds with convincing wins.
On paper, the only player who can disrupt Djokovic’s progress now to the semis and beyond is Carlos Alcaraz. The teen phenom is through to the fourth round, underscoring his favorable odds as the third-best bet.
Alcaraz could face Djokovic in the quarters. They recently met in the Madrid semifinal where Alcaraz advanced in three sets. It was one of the best matchups of the 2022 ATP season and, probably, one of the best all-time at a Masters event.
On the strength of that contest, Alcaraz is the only player that is an obvious bet to disrupt the potential for fans to indulge in a 60th installment of the Djokovic-Nadal rivalry.
Rafael Nadal +450
The last time Nadal squared up to Djokovic at the All England Club was in the semifinals of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Djokovic won the match, which spanned two days, in five sets.
The last Wimbledon final between them was in 2011. Djokovic won in four sets. Overall, Djokovic owns the 2-1 head-to-head over Nadal at Wimbledon and the 30-29 edge lifetime.
Once upon a time, the prospect of a Djokovic and Nadal final showdown would have been an almost certainty; but that hasn’t been the case in recent years and not for a long time in Wimbledon, yet, they continue to win grand slam titles separately.
Nadal is through to the third round of Wimbledon, but he’s dropped a set in each of his first two contests. He next faces up-and-comer Lorenzo Sonego in the third round.
If Nadal makes it into the second week, he would be in a good position to go the distance. His biggest threat in the fourth quarter is probably Taylor Fritz or veteran Richard Gasquet. The veteran Frenchman is a potential R16 challenge, and Fritz is a quarterfinal challenger.
The biggest threat in the semis is likely to come from either Nick Kyrgios or Stefanos Tsitsipas. That said, one or the other will be dismissed in the third round when the Australian and the Greek collide.
The second half of the draw started as the more daunting section, but with last year’s Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic both forced to withdraw due to testing positive for Covid-19, it suddenly wasn’t as daunting. This doesn’t mean Nadal’s path to the final is going to be straightforward.
Nadal’s Wimbledon results have been mixed over the years and he’s been prone to the unexpected upset. That said, Nadal is playing some of the best tennis of his life at age 36!
Big Three Dominance
Going into the tournament, Djokovic was the odds-on-favorite at -125 while Nadal was tipped as the third favorite at +600. After this pair, the list of legitimate contenders on the 2022 Wimbledon tennis odds board – felt wafer-thin with only Matteo Berrettini (+500) and Carlos Alcaraz (+800) tipped as triple-digit favorites.
Invariably, Grand Slams in the men’s game have been decided by the so-called Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. They’ve exacted ruthless domination over the majors in the last two decades, hauling 62 grand slam titles between them. Nadal’s 22 titles make him the most winningest of the three, right now.
Only four of the last 23 Grand Slam titles were won by players other than this illustrious trio. The few disrupters were: Andy Murray (2016 Wimbledon), Stanislas Wawrinka (2016 US Open), Dominic Thiem (2020 US Open), and Daniil Medvedev (2021 US Open).
That kind of dominance is currency, and the sportsbooks repeatedly pay lip service to it by installing Djokovic and Nadal at the top of the betting board.Follow us on Twitter