Roger Federer: 'Novak Djokovic is Wimbledon favorite, but I don't care about odds'



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Roger Federer: 'Novak Djokovic is Wimbledon favorite, but I don't care about odds'

For the first time in many years or even two decades, Roger Federer is not among the biggest favorites at the All England Club. An eight-time Wimbledon champion experienced a knee injury last year, skipping all the action after the Australian Open and undergoing two surgeries in February and May.

Federer returned to action this March and had played four tournaments ahead of Wimbledon, shaping his form and hoping for a good result at his favorite Major. Bookmakers have put a couple of players ahead of Roger on the list of favorites, and the Swiss doesn't care about that, focusing on his game and his next opponent.

World no. 1 and the five-time winner Novak Djokovic is the player to beat, and Roger agrees with that, putting the Serb above Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev.

Roger Federer doesn't care about the bookmakers' odds at Wimbledon.

Djokovic, Federer, Zverev and Medvedev are safely through into the third round, and it should be interesting to follow the latter stages of the tournament and see who will lift the trophy in nine days.

Two years ago, Federer suffered one of the toughest losses of his glorious career against Djokovic at Wimbledon, wasting two match points in a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 defeat after an epic four hours and 57 minutes! Federer won 14 points more than Djokovic in that thrilling title match at the All England Club, scored four breaks more than the defending champion and wasted two match points on serve at 8-7 in the decider to stay empty-handed.

"I don't know how to explain it to you. I don't care about the bookmakers' odds; it doesn't matter. But they are probably right about Djokovic making all those finals on the other side, that he's the favorite in that section of the draw and for the entire tournament.

I feel like Zverev also should be higher in the bookies' list, maybe because I've played him on grass before. I know he can play very well on the grass, especially if he's clocking his serves. Medvedev is No. 2 in the world.

Normally, he should be up there, as well. Then me with my results here, they always have to put me in somewhere. But they probably are right about Djokovic making all those finals on the other side, that he's the favorite," Roger Federer said.