The greatest tournament played on grass starts tomorrow. On the men side, world number one and defending champion Andy Murray is aiming for his third Wimbledon title.
Let’s have a look at the main draw, and see which big names could be in trouble in the early rounds.
The main draw that came out two days ago offers a few interesting first round match-ups.
Andy Murray is very likely to go through his first match against Kazakhstani Alexander Bublik, but could meet Dustin Brown in the second round (if the German gets past Joao Sousa).
The Scottish champion usually matchs up well against attacking players but he has been reported to suffer from a recent hip injury. Let’s not forget his surprise loss at the Australian Open against another attacking player from Germany, Misha Zverev.
In case of a second round between Andy Murray and Dustin Brown, we recommend a Lay bet on Murray (around 1.06-1.08) for an immediate trade if Brown takes an early lead in the match.
Former quarter-finalist Vasek Pospisil could also be a player to watch. The Canadian player loves this tournament, and is a former champion… on the doubles tour (teaming with Jack Sock).
Pospisil is facing young star Dominic Thiem who lacks consistency on grass. The Austrian is still to this day considered as a clay specialist, and is trading around 1.40 to win this match. We recommend a Lay Bet for a trade if Pospisil takes the opening set, or if both men are tied at one set all.
Juan Martin Del Potro has been a question mark lately, and is facing the Australian Kokkinakis who recently scored a big win on grass, over 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.
We recommend a Lay bet on Del Potro at 1.30 as we believe the match could be closer than expected.
The Argentinian still struggles to hit big shots on his backhand side, and Kokkinakis could very well abuse this side to finish the points at the net.
Del Potro also has some relative weaknesses when it comes to break his opponents (ranked no. 25 in this category). Therefore, we predict a tough battle for Del Potro against a fresh Australian player who has been able to display exciting tennis since his return on the tour, giving Kei Nishikori a very competitive match in the first round of Roland Garros.
In form Marin Cilic is probably the top 10 player with the most dangerous opponent to face in the opening round. The Croatian is favored at 1.20 to prevail over Philip Kohlschreiber.
The German player has demonstrated many times in the past his skills on this surface, and could give Cilic a scare in this match. We do believe Cilic should find a way to win, as he is very difficult to break on grass, but smart traders could be tempted to place an early Lay bet on Cilic and wait for a possible tie break in the opening set.
Last but not least, one of the best value according to us is on French player Jeremy Chardy at 5.10 against former top 10 player Tomas Berdych.
Chardy will not play on his best surface, but both men were involved in a very close battle two years ago, won by Berdych in four sets and three tie breakers.
If Chardy has a good serving day, a profit opportunity should come if you aim to close your positions at 3.50 or below.
Tomas Berdych, former finalist (2010), is not the player he used to be and has been vulnerable in early rounds at Wimbledon last three years.
It is interesting to note that Berdych has mediocre statistics when it comes to return of serve: it has been one of its biggest weaknesses throughout his entire career, and in the last 12 months, Berdych is ranked 43rd in this category, very far behind the leaders, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
We wish you good luck for the third tennis slam of the year, and invite you to share your views by using the comment box below.