A weakened draw could mean a big opportunity for Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, or a huge chance for an upstart, when the 2022 Wimbledon men’s single tournament begins Monday. Daniil Medvedev and second-ranked Alexander Zverev are absent from the All England Club. That means Djokovic’s path to a fourth straight Wimbledon title and a 21st Grand Slam crown will be a little easier. But Nadal, who has a record 22 Grand Slam titles and has won the past two, is always a threat to win another.
Djokovic has won six times in London, and Nadal took the 2008 and 2010 titles, but there is still plenty of talent in the draw. Djokovic could have to go through Spanish phenom Carlos Alcaraz, big-serving John Isner or two-time Wimbledon champ Andy Murray to reach the final. Nadal faces a bit of an easier road but could have to get past 2021 finalist Mario Berrettini to get there.
Caesars Sportsbook has Djokovic listed as the clear -145 favorite (risk $145 to win $100) in its latest 2022 Wimbledon men’s singles odds. Before making any men’s 2022 Wimbledon picks or predictions, you need to see who tennis expert Sean Calvert is backing. Calvert is the famed handicapper who called Stan Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1 the last Australian title won by someone other than Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer. In 2019, Calvert took down a huge score on Dominic Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1, among many stunning calls.
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One surprise: Alcaraz won’t be a threat in London this fortnight. The youngster’s talent is clear, and he has been opening a lot of eyes with his play this season, but the expert is fading him. Alcaraz is 32-4 this season with two ATP 1000 crowns (Miami, Madrid) and two ATP 500 titles (Barcelona, Rio). Two of his losses were to Nadal at Indian Wells and Zverev in the French Open quarterfinals.
Still, Calvert knows he has very little experience on grass, and an elbow issue kept him from playing in the tune-up events in the run-up to Wimbledon. He has played just two senior matches on grass, and one of those was a quick three-set loss to Medvedev in the first round at Wimbledon last year.
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Instead, Calvert is backing two huge underdogs to reach the final who both come in at 40-1 or higher. Both of these players should be able to take advantage of the weakened draw and are capable of pulling off major upsets.
Wimbledon’s second round begins today, and you’re going to want to fill your largest thermos with tea and open a Costco-sized sack of biscuits, because there’s some great tennis to watch. Centre Court (starting at 8:30 a.m. ET) features a double bill of British tennis royalty as Andy Murray takes on the American giant Jon Isner and national darling Emma Radacanu takes another step toward her second Grand Slam victory.
And the icing on that cake is the men’s No. 1, Novak Djokovic, is also in action on that court. Cam Norrie (another Brit to watch out for), Carlos Alcaraz, Anett Kontaveit, Casper Ruud, and Maria Sakkari are on the day’s bill on the other courts. Day 3 also includes the beginning of the doubles tournament.
In 2021, Novak Djokovic won the Men’s Singles tournament, and he’ll be returning this year to defend his crown; however, Women’s Singles winner Ashleigh Barty will not, as she announced her retirement from the sport back in March.
Due to the Ukraine war, Wimbledon has banned tennis players from Russia and Belarus in 2022, meaning Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, and Aryna Sabalenka will not be competing this year. As a result, the ATP and WTA made the decision to strip this year’s Wimbledon from ranking points. sources by