The 2012 Summer Olympics will feature tennis’s greatest stars as they compete for their country and for gold. The London 2012 Olympic Tennis tournament is being held at Wimbledon, where Roger Federer recently won for the seventh time. Olympic Tennis will be proceeding without the defending champion Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard announced on Thursday that he was withdrawing from the Games because of knee tendinitis. Olympic oddsmakers have Novak Djokovic as 3/2 odds favorite to win Men’s Gold in tennis. Let’s take a look at the top contenders who could challenge Novak Djokovic. Be sure to make your Men’s Olympic Tennis predictions before the first serve.
Novak Djokovic (3/2) may be dragging physically and mentally but he is the 2011 Wimbledon champ and, until recently the world No. 1. Perhaps more than any other player, Djokovic is motivated by country. Djokovic will be Serbia’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony. He won the bronze medal in singles at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with a win over American James Blake.
The Serbian, 24, won three of the four major titles last year as he overtook Rafael Nadal for the top ranking. Djokovic is keen to succeed Nadal as Olympic champion when the Games come to Wimbledon. “It’s one of the biggest priorities this year, Olympic Games,” he said. Having dominated the majors in 2011, Djokovic only needs the French Open to complete the career set, and he does not rule out a first calendar Grand Slam in men’s tennis since Rod Laver won all four in 1969.
Roger Federer (2/1) is painfully aware that he is now 30-years-old, and he may not still be playing during the next Olympics in four years time. Even if he is still playing, it’s unlikely he will be in his prime. Therefore, London 2012 gives Federer an excellent opportunity to secure one of few things he hasn’t yet achieved. Supporters of Wimbledon 2012 will know that the player was back to his very best as he defeated Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on his way to the title.
It’s likely the biggest challenges will come from Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. However, the absence of Rafael Nadal may bring other players into contention. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga may feel he has a strong possibility to win a medal of some sort.
Andy Murray (9/2) has often divided the public, but it now appears he may now have everyone fully behind him during London 2012. The world number four has spoken of his difficulty in getting over the loss and has admitted he has had trouble sleeping. But he is now feeling refreshed, ready to go, and challenge for a gold medal. Murray will be keen to bounce back from his defeat at Wimbledon, but may also feel he has a point to prove after his disappointing display during the last Olympics, where he lost in the first round of the tennis event.
On that occasion, he elected to play matches in the build-up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He has learned from that and has decided he needs to be rested this time around. Therefore, he has decided to not play, but instead mentally heal from his Wimbledon defeat, and train hard for this next challenge.
The Bottom Line: Federer feels better than ever after winning the 2012 Wimbledon. He’ll likely meet Djokovic and he’ll have to be at his best, which he just was. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best Summer Olympic Picks experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get Summer Olympic Picks Free!
Tennis – Men’s Singles Outright Winner:
Novak Djokovic 3/2
Roger Federer 2/1
Andy Murray 9/2
Jo Wilfred Tsonga 20/1
David Ferrer 25/1
Juan Martin Del Potro 25/1
Tomas Berdych 28/1
Milos Raonic 33/1
John Isner 50/1
Andy Roddick 66/1
Bernard Tomic 66/1
Gael Monfils 100/1
David Nalbandian 150/1
Janko Tipsarevic 150/1
Marin Cilic 150/1
Richard Gasquet 150/1
Marcos Baghdatis 175/1
Fernando Verdasco 200/1
Gilles Simon 250/1
Grigor Dimitrov 250/1
2012 Summer Olympic Tennis
When: begins July 28 and ends August 5.
Pick: Djokovic or Federer
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