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Wimbledon 2018: Expert Predictions, Betting Odds and Where to Watch on TV and Online

The most prestigious Grand Slam tournament of the year got underway on Monday, as Roger Federer bids to claim an unprecedented ninth Wimbledon title.

Viewers in the U.S. will be able to watch the tournament in its entirety on ESPN and ESPN 2, with the former airing the entire first week of play, while the latter will broadcast outer court matches during the second week.

Tennis fans wait in line outside the All England Tennis Club, Wimbledon on July 2 in London, England. Thousands of tennis fans line up for tickets on the first day of the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world, the Championships, Wimbledon. Jack Taylor/Getty Images

ESPN 3 will stream matches from all 18 courts throughout the tournament, while ABC will broadcast its customary weekend replays for those without cable TV. Meanwhile, subscribers to the the Tennis Channel will be able to watch any of the live matches from nine different courts.

Internet-based live TV service PlayStation Vue will also be airing Wimbledon live. The service is available on streaming devices such as PS4, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, PC, Mac and mobile devices and offers a five-day free trial.

Last year, Federer claimed his eighth crown at the All England club by defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic in the final in straight sets and the bookies consider the world number a heavy favorite to retain the title.

Data provided by Oddshark has the Swiss as a 3/2 runaway favorite, followed by long-time foes Rafael Nadal, the current world one, and Novak Djokovic at 5/1 and 13/2 respectively.

Federer, who opens his campaign at 8 a.m. EDT on Monday against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic, and Nadal, have won the past six Grand Slams tournaments between them, with the Spaniard clinching his 11th French Open title last month.

The 36-year-old Swiss might have won eight Wimbledon titles but conceded it was difficult to keep his nerves under control.

"It remains a little bit nerve-racking, you know, in all honesty," he said at a news conference Sunday. "It's a big deal. I mean, besides the history and the mythical place that it is, you cannot also practice on it. When you come out, there's a bit of uncertainty for both players."

Twenty-one-year-old sensation Alexander Zverev is fourth-favorite at 8/1, while Cilic, last year's runner-up, and Martin Del Potro are both 12/1 outsiders. Home favorite and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray pulled out of the tournament on Sunday, saying it would be "too soon" following hip surgery in January.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams will make her return for the first time since giving birth and she's due on Court One against world number 107 Arantxa Rus later this afternoon.

"You can never underestimate a champion like her," last year's champion Garbine Muguruza said of Williams, as reported by the BBC.

The 36-year-old, who has not lost a singles match in SW 19 since 2014, has controversially been seeded at number 25 after only playing four events since giving birth to daughter Alexis in September.

Despite the extended hiatus from the game, Williams is the second-favorite to clinch the ladies' title at 5/1, behind world number eight Petra Kvitova. The Czech player, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, is a 9/2 favorite, while Muguruza is 7/1 to retain her title.

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