Top Seeds Tough to Ignore at SW19

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This year's Wimbledon is deep into its second week and while the opening half of the tournament was full of surprises, those still in both the men's and ladies' draws are here on merit.

Novak Djokovic

Defending men’s champion from 2019, Novak Djokovic is the 4/9 favourite to claim his 20th Grand Slam title and has looked largely imperious.

In the women’s draw, world number one, Ashleigh Barty, is through to the quarter-finals at SW19 for the first time and is 21/10 to triumph. However, she faces a testing last eight match-up against fellow Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.

Few Doubts Over Djokovic Defence

After losing his opening set against Brit wildcard Jack Draper, the Serb has kicked into gear and has won his last three matches without dropping a set.

Cristian Garin was swatted aside 6-2 6-4 6-2 on Monday and unseeded Marton Fucsovics, who defeated Andrey Rublev in the fourth round, is next up but the Hungarian’s price of 16/1 shows the battle he faces against a player who he has failed to beat in their two career meetings.

Great rival Roger Federer is 7/1 to claim a record-extending ninth Wimbledon crown but on current form, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini could be the top seed’s biggest obstacle at 15/2, with the pair on opposite sides of the draw.

The 25-year-old came into the tournament on the back of winning Queen’s and having lost to the world number one in four sets in the last eight at the French Open, may have motivation on his mind.

Berrettini has dropped just a single set at this year’s Wimbledon and is the clear 13/5 favourite to defeat Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime on Wednesday.

Ball Looks to be in Barty’s Court

It has been a mixed 18 months for Ashleigh Barty but the world number one really looks the part on the southwest London grass.

Monday’s 7-5 6-3 win over French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova had all the hallmarks of a potential champion. The 25-year-old was far from her best but dug out a decent victory to end the Czech’s 15-match unbeaten streak.

Fellow Australian Tomljanovic is next up in the quarter-finals and may find herself fresh having finished early against Brit hope Emma Raducanu.

The teenager was the surprise performer of the tournament but had to retire hurt on Monday when 4-6 0-3 down.

Tomljanovic has only ever previously made it to the fourth round of a Grand Slam once and the scale of her task is highlighted by her price of 9/2 to win Tuesday’s match.

Can Kerber Cause a Surprise?

The only past winner left in the ladies’ draw is 2018 hero Angelique Kerber. The 33-year-old ended American teenage Cori Gauff’s run in London and seems to be rolling back the years.

Kerber is 11/2 to win her fourth career Grand Slam but will need to be wary of her quarter-final opponent Karolina Muchova. The big-serving Czech is 5/4 to beat her 20/29 rival and will not go down easy having reached the semi-finals at this year’s Australian Open.

*All odds correct at time of writing

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