Lleyton Hewitt beat reigning Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal in two sets 6-4, 6-3 in an exhibition game at the Hurlingham Club last week, before the Spaniard announced he was pulling out of the competition. Hewitt, the only Australian competing in Wimbledon this year after fellow Australians withdrew from the competition or lost in qualifying matches, will not have to meet Nadal at any stage in the tournament. Will it make it any easier?
Hewitt is only a 50/1 odds favorite to win the title according to the William Hill Sportsbook. This places him seventh, behind:
Roger Federer 8/11, Andy Murray 15/8, Novak Djokovic 10/1, Andy Roddick 14/1, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro 18/1.
A tough draw - Hewitt will meet American Robby Ginepri in the opening round and possibly meet del Potro, the number 5 seed, in the second round.
Hewitt is 1/8 favorite over Ginepri, a 9/2 payoff, to win the first round match.
More odds and betting options at the sportsbooks.