Wimbledon Draw 2014: Who Is the Real Men's Favorite?

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Wimbledon Draw 2014: Who Is the Real Men's Favorite?
ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/Associated Press

The Wimbledon 2014 draw is now complete, and the roads to the championship have been revealed for the top men’s players in tennis.

It’s a particularly important analysis for tennis’ most revered tournament. There is not much to separate the top players on grass, and there are many dangerous challengers. Debates and points of analyses can be made or disproved for any of the players.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the top two players in the world, have more question marks on the low-bouncing grass surface; they rely more on baseline slugging and attrition. Roger Federer and Andy Murray will be assisted by the court speed and variety of shots that they can create to attack their opponents.

Of course even the best laid draws will not unfold as expected, but there are relevant indicators as to who has earned the right as the favorite to win Wimbledon.

The slides that follow will look at nine players who are the most likely to contend for the Wimbledon title. The first five players listed are dark horses to make a deep run at Wimbledon, but they are not listed in preferential order because they are not favorites. Mainly, they are a threat to the favorites, but any one of them face long odds in capturing the title.

The final four players are a large leap above the dark horses. We will list them as favorites and rank them in descending order from least likely to most likely in winning the championship.

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