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The one thing that we know for sure going into the 2012 London Olympics for the men’s tennis event is that there will be no repeat gold medal winner.
Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Olympics, which start later in July, due to ongoing injury issues. Nadal dropped in the early rounds at Wimbledon a few weeks ago, which was the latest in which the injury he has been dealing with came to light.
Nadal captured the gold medal in men’s tennis at the 2008 Beijing games.
Going into the 2012 London Olympics, Nadal wouldn’t have been to overall favorite to repeat his gold medal anyhow. Though he would have been a top-three favorite, the title of the gold medal favorite goes to Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic lost the No.1 ranking in the world following the 2012 Wimbledon championships thanks to Roger Federer’s victory. Federer retook the No.1 ranking in the world, but is still slated behind Djokovic to win the gold medal in London.
Men’s Tennis Olympic Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Djokovic as a 3/2 favorite to win Gold. Federer comes in just behind at 2/1 on the payout. So as you can see the odds are pretty close right at the top.
But it will be Andy Murray who will be the home crowd favorite at these Olympic Games. Murray reached his first Wimbledon Final, coming so close to winning his first-ever Grand Slam title. But it was not meant to be, as he watched Federer celebrate a seventh Wimbledon title and ascend to the No.1 ranking in the world. Murray could be considered the bronze medal favorite in the 2012 Olympics, coming in as the third-overall favorite behind Djokovic and Federer. Murray is going off at 9/2 on the betting line.
Outside of these top-three favorites, the betting line really jumps up. All the way to 20/1 in fact for Jo Wilfried Tsonga, who is fourth on the list of favorites. So you can definitely gauge a sense of how oddsmakers believe that this list is very top-heavy, giving very little chance for any player outside the top-three favorites to win a gold medal, or even a medal for that matter.
Below though, we have listed the full betting odds to win the gold medal in men’s tennis at the 2012 Olympics, so be sure to check them out to see how they stack up.