Novak Djokovic Escapes From Two Sets Down, Becomes Heavier Wimbledon Favorite
Sebastien Bozon. Pictured: Novak Djokovic.
When Novak Djokovic was down two sets to none against Jannik Sinner in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, it appeared that he was in serious danger.
Anyone who has watched Djokovic over the years knew much better than to think we were near the finish line of an upset.
You need two hands to count the number of two-set comebacks Djokovic has pulled off in Grand Slam events, and after today, another one can be added to the list.
Djokovic roared back to beat Sinner 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, looking in complete control from the third set onwards.
Heading into the third set, Djokovic only got down to +140, which tells you a lot about how oddsmakers felt about the match.
Heading into the fifth set, Djokovic was already back to being a strong -600 favorite.
The World No. 3 came into the match as a -210 favorite to win the overall tournament, but after the comeback, he is now listed at -350 at FanDuel.
His next opponent will be the winner of the match between David Goffin and Cameron Norrie before a likely final against one of Rafael Nadal or Nick Kyrgios.
The latter duo are the two players whom oddsmakers believe can contend with Djokovic, even if an upset is unlikely.
Nadal is currently +500 while Kyrgios is listed at +1200. The Aussie was dealing with a shoulder injury in his fourth round match against Brandon Nakashima.
Taylor Fritz (+2600), Cameron Norrie (+5500), David Goffin (+7000) and Cristian Garin (+8500) trail behind.