Novak Djokovic’s odds of winning a sixth Wimbledon title continue to shrink as potential obstacles get in the way.
Last was No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas, Djokovic’s opponent in the French Open final earlier this month, who lost his first Wimbledon match in straight sets to American Frances Tiafoe.
Djokovic surprisingly lost his first set to wild card Jack Draper before losing just five games combined in the last three sets.
Djokovic was inducted as the +125 Wimbledon favorite by DraftKings and PointsBets shortly after winning the French Open. He became the favorite with odds of -109 by DraftKings and -110 by PointsBet after Rafael Nadal withdrew before the event, and Djokovic is now offered at -155 by DraftKings.
Dominic Thiem of Austria, the reigning US Open champion, also retired last week due to a wrist injury.
Djokovic is trying to match Nadal and Roger Federer for the Open Era record of 20 Grand Slam titles. He is also the two-time defending champion of Wimbledon after the event was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Federer withdrew from the French Open and failed to get past the second round of the Noventi Open, a Wimbledon set-up. His Wimbledon will start against unseeded Adrian Mannario on Tuesday, with Federer’s title odds increasing from +700 in DraftKings two weeks ago to +1100 before his opener.
Still, the only two players with lower odds are Djokovic and second seed Daniil Medvedev (+600), who will face unseeded Jan-Lennard Struff in his opener on Tuesday.
Tsitsipas had been the third favorite in betting after losing the five-set final to Djokovic at Roland Garros two weeks ago.
That spot now goes to Federer, with the next shorter odds belonging to Matteo Berrettini (+1200) and Alexander Zverev (+2000).
Djokovic is the first player in the Open Era to win all four Grand Slams twice. He is also halfway to the calendar year Grand Slam.
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