Men's tennis Olympics 2016 odds
The men’s singles tournament will start from 6th of August at this year’s olympics. This edition is unique by the fact that there will be no money nor points awarded so the players will only be motivated by the olympic atmosphere and by their own desire of rising their nation flag on the biggest stair of the podium. The men’s olympic tournament is the 2nd most affected by the Zika virus at the 2016 Olympics after golf. Due to the danger caused by this virus, a lot of players withdraw from the singles tournament including 8 top 20 players (Roger Federer, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Dominic Thiem, Richard Gasquet, John Isner, Feliciano Lopez).
Still, there are a lot of players aiming for the gold medal including the actual olympic champion from London 2012- Andy Murray, Beijing 2008- Rafael Nadal, world number 1 Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka.
Bookmakers looks pretty sure about Djokovic’s form of this year and ranked him 1st in the betting odds with 1,80. The Serbian won titles this year including Australian Open, Roland Garros, Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid. Djokovic has, as of the end of July, 5000 more points than the 2nd ranked player in the ATP Ranking.
The 2nd favorite is Andy Murray. The recent Wimbledon champion and the world n2 has a 3,75 betting odd but the confidence he gained after winning her second Wimbledon title in front of the home crowd,together with the wish of defeating the gold medal won in London in 2012 might convert him into an opponent to fear.
Stan Wawrinka is another contender for a medal in Rio. The 31 year old who remained the only Swiss hope for a medal after Federer’s withdraw and it is rated quite well with a betting odd of 13 which ranks him in the 3rd place. Stan had an average season so far winning Dubai(ATP500), Chennai and Geneva(ATP250) and reached the semifinal of Roland Garros, but didn’t succedded to pass the 2nd round in Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal, on the other side, looks a big overrated by the bookmakers.. He has a betting odd of 15 but he is struggling with injuries in 2016. Rafa haven’t played a match since French Open and withdraw from his upcoming tournaments, including Wimbledon, in order to protect himself from injuries.
The next on the ranking based on betting odds are Nishikori(26), Cilic, Tsonga (both 51), Dimitrov(67) and Ferrer(81).
The bronze medalist of London 2012 will be in Rio too. After being overdone by injuries in the past few years, the Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro looks fit now and is definitely a player to keep an eye on. This statement is strenghtened by Juan’s run in Wimbledon where he reached the 3rd round after beating Stan Wawrinka in the second round in 4 sets.
Other seeds with good chances for a medal are the revelation of this year Alexander Zverev, David Goffin or the former US Open champion Martin Cilic.