He may be currently ranked at 99 in the world but a Tomas Berdych victory is the second most popular bet for lifting the Wimbledon Men Single’s title this summer, according to the UK’s leading odds comparison site.
Oddschecker reports that 15% of all bets staked so far this year on the Wimbledon 2019 Mens’ Singles market have been placed on Berdych, making him the betting public’s second choice just behind the unsurprising favourite Novak Djokovic (priced at 13/8) who has pulled in just over 21% of all bets staked with British bookmakers.
At first glance, the interest in Berdych appears all the more confounding when you consider that his highest career ranking – 54 – was achieved back in …. 2006. Bookmakers had been pricing the 33 year-old Czech’s odds at no higher than 100/1 [William Hill, SkyBet] until late last week – although those odds have since been revised by some bookies to as low as 60/1 today [888sport] as prices adjust for the risk implied by disproportionate interest for an outsider.
Ending Career with a First Grand Slam?
Berdych, however, does appear to qualify as the outstanding value bet for Wimbledon. Whilst he has never won a Grand Slam, he has nonetheless appeared in at least one semi-final of each of the four Grand Slam tournaments over the course of his career.
He also reached the men’s final of Wimbledon in 2010, beating Roger Federer – then top seed – in the quarter finals, and Djokovic in the subsequent semi-final before finally falling to eventual winner Raphael Nadal.
Andrew Murray also sits amongst the outsiders, priced at 33/1 in what is expected to be his Wimbledon bow-out. The Scot has been plagued with chronic injury concerns that have dragged his current world ranking to 218.