The Men’s Tennis Big 3: Who Do Fans Think Is the Best?

The Men’s Tennis Big 3: Who Do Fans Think Is the Best?
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Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam event of the season, will run from July 3-16 and the defending champion once again will be the favorite at New York sportsbooks.

It has taken Novak Djokovic two decades, but he’s surpassed the high bar set by rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to attain a record-setting 23 men’s Grand Slam titles. He did so by defeating fourth-seeded Casper Ruud, of Norway, in straight sets, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 7-5 last Sunday to capture his third French Open title.

Now, the Serbian superstar has Wimbledon in his sights as he shoots for his third consecutive Grand Slam victory this season, eighth Wimbledon title and 24th overall career Grand Slam title.

EmpireStakes.com – your source for New York sportsbook promos – wanted to know: 
Does Djokovic’s victory at the French Open settle the debate about who is the greatest men’s tennis player of all time?

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Fan Vote: Who Is Best of Big 3 in Tennis?

Utilizing the comment section from ESPN social media post asking that same question, EmpireStakes.com gathered 100 votes for who people think is the best men’s tennis player among Djokovic, Nadal and Federer. 
Here is what the commenters had to say:

RankPlayer1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
1🎾 Novak Djokovic483220
2🎾 Roger Federer284131
3🎾 Rafael Nadal203446

 

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The Fans Back Djokovic

By a 20-vote margin, Djokovic beats out No. 2 Federer, 48-28, in first place votes. It was 48-20 over No. 3 Nadal.

Federer has the lead on second-place votes, 41-34, over Nadal and 41-32 over Djokovic and Nadal leads in third-place votes, 46-31, over Federer and 46-20 over Djokovic.

After the French Open, Djokovic regained his No. 1 position in the world rankings. He has spent 388 weeks in the No. 1 spot so far in his career and is still adding trophies and victories to his resume.

Nadal, 37, who is now No. 136 in the latest rankings, dropped out of the world’s top 100 for the first time in 20 years as he continues to recover from a hip injury he suffered in January’s Australian Open. The 22-time grand slam champion missed this year’s French Open, a tournament he has won a record 14 times.

Nadal, who will miss both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in August, announced earlier this year that 2024 would be his last.

Federer, 41, announced his retirement from the sport after the Laver Cup in London on Sept. 15, 2022. 

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Odds for Wimbledon

With Nadal injured and Federer retired, let’s look at New York betting apps to see what the field is to oppose Djokovic at Wimbledon.

FanDuel NY, the state’s leading operator, has Djokovic as a very solid -155 favorite, followed by Carlos Alcaraz (+500) of Spain and Jannik Sinner (+1300) of Italy.

You can get the same -155 odds at BetMGM New York, but Russian Daniil  Medvedev (+600) follows Djokovic and Alcaraz (+400) on their odds board, with Sinner (+1000) fourth.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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