Federer a betting underdog at All England Club

Federer sits at 5/1 on the odds to win Wimbledon. o/Petr David Josek)

Roger Federer has won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon seven times in his illustrious career, including a victory in the final last year over Great Britain’s Andy Murray.

But that resume isn’t enough to satisfy oddsmakers, who have made Federer the fourth choice on the Wimbledon betting odds menu heading into that Grand Slam event next week.

Federer sits at 5/1 on the odds to win Wimbledon, according to OddsShark.com, despite his 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win over Murray in the final of the tournament in 2012. Federer also won five-straight titles at Wimbledon from 2003-07, and another one in 2009. However in his last Grand Slam event he was upset by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals at the French Open.

Novak Djokovic got knocked out in the semifinals of the French Open by Rafael Nadal, but the 2011 Wimbledon champion is still the 7/4 favourite at the sportsbooks for the tournament this month – putting him just ahead of Nadal and Murray, who are both at 7/2.

Nadal ended up winning the French Open, and he was also the Wimbledon champion in both 2008 and 2010.

Only Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal have won at Wimbledon since 2003, making the rest of the field other than Murray a long shot on the odds for the event.

Tsonga sits at 16/1, and then there’s another big gap before Juan Martin Del Potro (40/1,) Tomas Berdych (50/1,) and David Ferrer (66/1) round out the second tier of contenders. Berdych lost to Nadal in the final in 2010; Ferrer fell to Nadal in the French Open final.

The women’s draw odds for Wimbledon are dominated by Serena Williams, who is the 1/2 favourite for the event. Williams won Wimbledon for the fifth time last year, and she picked up another Grand Slam victory at the French Open earlier this year by holding off Maria Sharapova for the title.

Victoria Azarenka, who lost to Sharapova in the French Open semifinals, is second at 7/1 on the odds to win Wimbledon for the women’s draw, with Sharapova at 15/2 and looking to win at the tournament for the first time since 2004.

Petra Kvitova, who was the Wimbledon winner in 2011, is at 18/1 odds at the sportsbooks for next week.

Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the final match at Wimbledon last year, with Radwanska at 40/1 on the odds for 2013. Li Na is also at 40/1, with Sabine Lisicki at 50/1, and Sloane Stephens and Carolina Wozniacki each at 80/1.

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