Roger Federer skipped the French Open clay to focus acutely on Wimbledon after what he described as a “magical start” to the season. Federer shocked everyone but himself by winning the Australian Open in January — his 18th Grand Slam. He followed up that win too with a top-tier victory at Indian Wells before shutting it down to prepare for Wimbledon. Federer’s focus combined with his 2017 form makes him a mere (and astonishing) 2-1 favorite to win Wimbledon at the All England Club.
The next best odds belong to defending champion and UK native Andy Murray at 4-1. Despite Murray’s standing as the local hero, he may not enjoy much of an advantage even among fans over Federer, the darling of Wimbledon and a consummate competitor in his twilight, looking for his 8th win on the summer grass. Federer last won Wimbledon in 2012. His 2017 victory at the Australian came after a 7 year drought, having last won there in 2010.