Wimbledon 2018 Men's Singles Tips - Back Marin Cilic to claim first Wimbledon title

Andrew Hendrie 25 Jun 2018
  • Tips for the men's singles champion at Wimbledon 2018
  • Back Marin Cilic home for the title
Marin Cilic

Arguably the most prestigious and most coveted tournament in tennis, The Championships, Wimbledon, is live between Monday July 2 and Sunday July 15 - and we’ve picked out our best tips for the men’s singles!


Veteran legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have maintained a stranglehold on Grand Slam titles since beginning their resurgent seasons at the start of 2017, combining to win all four major titles last year and the Australian Open and French Open so far in 2018 - but could we see a fresh champion at Wimbledon this year?

I think we could. Federer, the overwhelming favourite for a record ninth Wimbledon crown at $2.75 with Bet365, isn’t looking his usual dominant self on the lawns, winning Stuttgart but looking increasingly vulnerable in every match he played in Halle last week - and he eventually ran out of lives in the final as he went down to rising star Borna Coric ($67 with Sportsbet).

While it’s easy to get lost in the Federer aura (understandably so), we need to remember that the prime reason (in my opinion) for Federer and Nadal’s sweep of the slams last year was because Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka were injured or below their best throughout 2017. You can’t tell me they are playing better now than they were 10 years ago - it’s just the competition around them isn’t as strong. But others are starting to step up, and at 37 years of age in less than two months, Federer has got to start declining shortly (you’d think anyway)!

Nadal ($8.00 with CrownBet) meanwhile hasn’t been past the fourth round of Wimbledon since 2011 and arrives at the All England Club without any competitive preparation on grass since winning the French Open last month. The Spaniard remains vulnerable to the upset during the first week when the lawns are fast and slick, and despite his dominance on clay, I don’t see it translating to the grass.

Which is why I’m backing home Croatian star Marin Cilic ($8.50 with Unibet) for his second Grand Slam title. Cilic has finally found some consistency in his well-balanced and attacking game over the last 18 months, reaching the Wimbledon final last year and also finishing runner-up at the Australian Open in January to Federer, losing in five sets. Cilic also took home the ATP 500 title at Queen’s Club on Sunday, conquering Novak Djokovic (who’s $6.50 with Sportsbet) by saving match points in the final. Cilic’s big game is well-suited to grass, he’s in form and has experience of making the final of Grand Slams. It’s the Croatian’s time if he’s good enough.

We also can’t discount a few others. Djokovic, as mentioned above, is improving with every tournament and is gradually recapturing his best form. The three-time Wimbledon champion is as dangerous a floater as they come and if he continues on his current upward trajectory, Djokovic could easily peak at the right time and take out the whole thing. Alexander Zverev ($17 with Sportsbet) is yet to prove himself in the best-of-five format, reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open but running out of gas due to the fact he needed three straight five-setters to make it that far. Nick Kyrgios ($18 with Unibet) is more than capable, but injuries and a fluctuating focus always mean he’s a dangerous pick - but on his day, the Australian can beat anyone in the draw. Former finalist Milos Raonic ($21 with Sportsbet) and former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro ($21 with Bet365) are always going to be fearsome opponents on the lawns, while homegrown hero Andy Murray is at $26 with Unibet - but the two-time Wimbledon champion has only played two tournaments since Wimbledon last year and won’t be seeded (and isn’t even certain to compete at the time of writing).

French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem is still finding his feet on grass and is at a generous $34 with CrownBet as a result, while Stan Wawrinka - who has won Grand Slams titles at the other three majors - is way down at $151 with Unibet as he also continues his comeback from injury.

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