For the first time ever, Novak Djokovic is as heavily favored to win this year’s Wimbledon as Rafael Nadal was to win the French Open. But after his performance in Paris, it’s tough to be surprised. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Serb is -110 to win the title, meaning a $110 bet would net you $100 in total profit. The second favorite is Daniil Medvedev at +600, so once again, it’s Djokovic or the field from a betting perspective.

No matter which way you slice it, Djokovic has been, by far, the most dominant player of the decade. He hasn’t lost a match at Wimbledon since he retired down a set to Tomas Berydch in 2017. His return of serve—especially on grass—is one of the game’s greatest ever cheat codes. On a surface notoriously difficult to gain your footing, the effectiveness of Djokovic’s return—typically pasted within a foot of the baseline—is only compounded.

If Djokovic serves well, there are few players in the draw who can test him, let alone beat him. Barring an injury or some sort of mental implosion, this title feels inevitable.


Can anyone stop the Serb at this year's Wimbledon?

Can anyone stop the Serb at this year's Wimbledon?

One of the few players in the draw who may stand a chance against Djokovic is Matteo Berrettini, who can render opponents completely helpless on a good day. When his serve and forehand are firing, he can be simply unplayable. The slick, grass courts enhance his backhand slice, and he possesses stellar touch and feel for a so-called “power player”.

At +2700, Berrettini is the second-best bet on the board, behind Djokovic. Any doubts about the Italian on grass should be dispelled after his 7-6 (5), 6-3, dismissal of Dan Evans on Friday at the Queen’s Club championship. It might not be this year, but it certainly feels like a Wimbledon title is in Berrettini’s future.