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Four reasons why Wimbledon 2015 could be a classic

Serena Williams is going for the first calendar year grand slam since 1988
She's the world no.1, she's won the tournament five times, she has 20 grand slam wins to her name, the most recent arriving last month. And yet Serena Williams is 2.76 to make it 21with another win at Wimbledon. Poor defeats in the last two tournaments undoubtedly contribute to what looks a juicy price, but it must also be down to the pressure the American is facing chasing a sweep of all four major titles in 2015 having bagged the Australian and French Opens. The feat was last achieved in 1988 by Steffi Graf which shows just how hard it is. Always a compelling figure, watching Serena chase the third leg of the calendar year grand slam will be especially watchable.
Here's the great lady going down to an unexpected defeat at last year's championships...

Murray might win it again

We had to wait 77 years for a British winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon but the next one might come around a little sooner. Like this year. Tournament second favouriteAndy Murray comes into the tournament in fine fettle having won Queens for the fourth time, not so long after taking Novak Djokovic to five sets in this year's French Open semi-final, a tournament where he rarely shows his best tennis. The 2013 winner is a genuine contender as odds of 3.95 underline and he is the headline recommendation of our very own Sean Calvert.

The Big Four's stranglehold on the men's game is loosening
Though they occupy four of the top five spots in the betting our spot there is little doubt the vice-like grip that Djokovic, Murray, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal held on the sport is not quite so choking these days. There's every chance of a long odds shot or two going deep in the tournament or a big name shock early doors - so don't be afraid to back a player at big prices either in the outright market (as Sean Calvert did with 70.00 Stan Warwinka at the 2014 Aussie Open) or in the individual matches.
Unquestionably the world's best, Djokovic was shocked to his very core by losing to Warwinka in this year's French Open final. Still playing at his peak he is the rightful favourite, but let's just see how he is dealing with the disappointment of that defeat. As for Federer and Nadal the omens are not good - it's been three years since a grand slam win for the Fed Express (though he was a finalist at last year's Wimbledon) while Nadal was finally defeated at his Roland Garros stronghold after a six year unbeaten run. One of these stars might come crashing down to earth earlier than expected.

There's a heatwave coming...

We'll start the week with very pleasant conditions in SW19 but things will very quickly get very hot and very sweaty - temperatures on Wednesday are forecast to touch a most un-London-like 33 degrees. Extreme conditions can make for an extreme tournament and Jack Houghton will be aiming to profit from the rising mercury


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