Olympic Men’s Tennis Gold Medal Expert PicksJosh Bailey
Unlike men’s olympic basketball, the world’s best tennis players have decided to step on the courts in Rio for the 2016 Olympic games. The Men’s Tennis Olympic Tournament sets up as the fifth major of the year as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal all plan on taking their games to Rio.
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Which men’s tennis olympian should you bet on? Can Murray make it two huge tournaments in a row after winning Wimbledon? Will Djokovic bounce back from a devastating Wimbledon loss? Keep reading for answers to those questions and more.
Analyzing My Olympic Men’s Tennis Gold Medal Picks
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The Odds-On Favorite Pick To Win Men’s Tennis Gold In Rio: Novak Djokovic Even
Everybody plays on the same hardcourt surface at the Olympics. Not that it matters to Novak Djokovic. He can play on any surface. Djokovic should be the even money favorite although by the time that the Olympics actually start, he may end up as a -110 or so favorite. The loss to 28th ranked Sam Querry at Wimbledon was a big surprise. But it figures to be more of an anomaly. Although I hate taking low odds, and I won’t here, it’s hard for me to come up with a reason not to bet Djokovic to win gold at Rio.
The Smart Betting Pick To Win Men’s Tennis Gold In Rio: Andy Murray 2/1
The big question is why Murray won Wimbledon. Was it because Querry upset Djokovic? Or, was it because Murray went back to Ivan Lendl as his coach? I prefer to believe that it was because Murray went back to Ivan Lendl as his coach. Djokovic beat Murray in the finals at both the Australian Open and the French Open. The finals at the Olympics should have Murray versus Djokovic again. Because I believe Lendl has Murray playing at higher level right now than he was playing at earlier this year, I’ll back Murray to win gold.
The Longshot Betting Pick To Win Men’s Tennis Gold In Rio: Rafael Nadal 15/1
Nadal hasn’t played competitively since the French Open. He lost in the third round to Marcel Granollers. I believe that Rafa played through pain earlier this year. If I’m correct, and he goes into the Olympics at 100%, there’s no reason not to believe that he’ll be right there with Murray and Djokovic. On his best day, Nadal is still one of the top tennis players in the world. At 15 to 1 odds, I’ll put a few bucks on him to prove it in Rio.