Men’s Wimbledon Best Bets – July 8th     

Wimbledon is in to the final 16 and that means it is time for manic Monday. After Monday both the men and women will know who the eight quarterfinalists are. The men’s matchups are #1 Novak Djokovic vs Ugo Humbert, #2 Roger Federer vs #17 Matteo Berrettini, #3 Rafael Nadal vs Joao Sousa, #8 Kei Nishikori vs Mikhail Kukushkin, #15 Milos Raonic vs #26 Guido Pella, #21 David Goffin vs Fernando Verdasco, #23 Roberto Bautista Agut vs #28 Benoit Paire and Sam Querrey vs Tennys Sandgren.

Below are my two best bets for Manic Monday at the All-England Club.

David Goffin (-333) vs Fernando Verdasco (+250)

David Goffin is through to the Round of 16 after a five set, three hour and 34 minute, thriller against #11 Daniil Medvedev in the third round. Goffin was able to overcome an early break in the fifth set, plus a break point while serving for the match, en route to the win Friday. This will be the third Round of 16 appearance for Goffin.

Fernando Verdasco is through to the Round of 16 after a straight set win over Thomas Fabbiano on Friday. Verdasco faced a lot of break points, but the Spaniard was able to fight of 10 of the 12, and break Fabbiano four times, en route to the win. Monday will be Verdasco’s fifth Round of 16 appearance at Wimbledon.

David Goffin gets through to the quarterfinal.

The H2H is tied 3-3 and this will be the first meeting on grass. The two have not met since the 2017 Rome Masters when Goffin was able to come away with a three set win.

Roberto Bautista Agut (-500) vs Benoit Paire (+250)

Roberto Bautista Agut is through to the Wimbledon Round of 16 after a three set dismantling of #10 Karen Khachanov. Bautista Agut did not face a break point the entire match and lost just 16 total points on his serve all match. The Spaniard has lost a set during his first three matches and has lost his serve just one time. Monday will be the third Round of 16 appearance for Bautista Agut.

Benoit Paire came back from a set down, against Jiri Vesely, to clinch his spot in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Paire faced just one break point, he saved it, in the final three sets and looked the much better player on big points throughout. Monday will be the second Round of 16 appearance for Paire at Wimbledon.

I like Benoit Paire to pull off the upset and get through to the quarterfinals.

Roberto Bautista Agut leads the overall H2H 6-0 and leads on grass 1-0. The two met during 2015 Wimbledon when Bautista Agut came away with a five set comeback win.

YTD Tennis Results: 285-190

Men’s Wimbledon Results: 10-2

Men’s Wimbledon Best Bets – July 6th     

After Saturday Wimbledon will be down to its final 16 men in the bracket. Saturday has eight more third round matches and, to be honest, it is not a great day matchup wise. #2 Roger Federer vs #7 Lucas Pouille and #17 Matteo Berrettini vs #24 Diego Schwartzman are the only two ranked matchups Saturday, but the likes of #3 Rafael Nadal, #8 Kei Nishikori, #12 Fabio Fognini and #33 Jan-Lennard Struff are also in action.

Below are my two best bets for Saturday at the All-England Club.

Dan Evans (-227) vs Joao Sousa (+175)

Dan Evans continued his good grass form with a nice three set win over #18 Nikoloz Basilashvili on Thursday. Evans had a good Wimbledon warmup prep as he won ten matches in a row and two Challenger titles to begin his grass swing. Once Evans returned to the ATP tour he suffered a first round defeat in London and made a run to the quarterfinals of Eastbourne. Saturday will be Evan’s second third round appearance at Wimbledon.

Joao Sousa is through to the third round of Wimbledon after upsetting #13 Marin Cilic in three sets. Sousa has been having a tough 2019, but this little run in Wimbledon could help the Portuguese #1 get some momentum for the final half of the season. Saturday will also be Sousa’s second third round appearance at Wimbledon.

I like Dan Evans to get the win and advance to the final 16.

This will be the first matchup between the two.

Matteo Berrettini (-357) vs Diego Schwartzman (+275)

Matteo Berrettini continued his great 2019 with a straight set victory over the now retired Marcos Baghdatis. Berrettini competed in two warmup grass tournaments and he had great success by winning eight straight matches, lifting the title in Stuttgart and falling in the semifinals of Halle. Saturday will be Berrettini’s first third round appearance in Wimbledon.

Diego Schwartzman has used a very favorable draw to cruise into the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career. Schwartzman took care of Dominik Koepfer in straight sets Thursday to continue his solid play on grass in 2019. Schwartzman had won one match on grass prior to 2019, but now the Argentine has a quarterfinal appearance on the surface, from London, and is just one win away from reaching the Round of 16.

I like Matteo Berrettini to continue his good grass season and get the win Saturday.

Diego Schwartzman leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The two met earlier this year, on the Rome clay, when Schwartzman came away with a routine 6-3 6-4 win.

YTD Tennis Results: 283-188

Men’s Wimbledon Results: 9-1

Men’s Wimbledon Best Bets – July 4th     

The final 16 second round matches are on the schedule Thursday with the likes of #2 Roger Federer, #3 Rafael Nadal, #8 Kei Nishikori, #9 John Isner, #12 Fabio Fognini, #13 Marin Cilic, #17 Matteo Berrettini, #18 Nikoloz Basilashvili, #20 Gilles Simon, #24 Diego Schwartzman, #25 Alex De Minaur, #27 Lucas Pouille, #31 Laslo Djere and #33 Jan-Lennard Struff.

Below are my two best bets for Thursday at the All-England Club.

Taylor Fritz (-164) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (+129)

Taylor Fritz increased his winning streak to six matches with a routine three straight win over Tomas Berdych in the first round. Fritz entered three pre-Wimbledon grass tournaments and did not see great results in the first two tournaments, but his last tournament got him his best career moment to date. Fritz opened his grass swing with a second round loss in Hertogenbosch and a first round loss in Halle, but last week the American was able to lift his first ATP title in Eastbourne. Fritz has a career 17-17 record on grass and fell in the second round here last season.

Jan-Lennard Struff’s career year has continued during the grass swing as the veteran German has won six of his eight grass matches so far and was just one win away from lifting his first ATP title. Struff opened his grass swing with a run to the final of Stuttgart, but stumbled in his next tournament, in Halle, falling in the second round. Struff has a career 14-20 record on grass and fell in the third round here last season.

I like Jan-Lennard Struff to pull off the slight upset.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Fabio Fognini (-152) vs Marton Fucsovics (+120)

Fabio Fognini started his Wimbledon campaign with a tough five set win over Frances Tiafoe. The 32-year-old is up to a career high ranking, of #10, and has a lot of points to defend in the coming weeks, so the Italian would help himself with a run here. Fognini has a career 18-17 record on grass and fell in the third round here last season.

Marton Fucsovics is enduring a tough 2019, but the Hungarian was able to pull off a first round win over Dennis Novak on Tuesday. Fucsovics entered two warmup grass tournaments and suffered a first round defeat in London and made a run to the quarters in Stuttgart. Fucsovics is 19-13 during his career on grass and fell in the first round here last season.

I like Fabio Fognini to come away with the win.

The H2H is tied 1-1, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The two last met on the Vienna hardcourts, last season, when Fucsovics came away with a three set win in the Round of 16.

YTD Tennis Results: 277-186

Men’s Wimbledon Results: 5-1

 

Men’s Wimbledon Best Bets – July 3rd    

The first 16 second round matches are on the schedule Wednesday with the likes of #1 Novak Djokovic, #4 Kevin Anderson, #10 Karen Khachanov, #11 Daniil Medvedev, #15 Milos Raonic, #19 Felix Auger-Aliassime, #21 David Goffin, #22 Stan Wawrinka, #23 Roberto Bautista Agut, #26 Guido Pella and #28 Benoit Paire all in action.

Below are my two best bets for Wednesday at the All-England Club.

Kyle Edmund (-175) vs Fernando Verdasco (+125)

Kyle Edmund is enduring a rough 2019, with a win/loss record of just 14-12, but the Brit was able to open Wimbledon with a straight set win over Jaume Munar. Edmund competed in two warmup tournaments and he fell in the first round at Queen’s Club before making a semifinal run in Eastbourne last week. The Brit has a career 13-22 record on grass, but did make a run to the third round here last season.

Fernando Verdasco is also in the middle of a rough 2019, with a win/loss record of just 18-15, but he was able to secure an easy opening round win over qualifier Kamil Majchrzak. Verdasco entered three warmup tournaments that saw him fall in the first round of Hertogenbosch and London before making a run to the quarterfinals of Eastbourne. The Spaniard has a career 49-40 record on grass and fell in the first round here last season.

The Brit, Kyle Edmund, advances to the third round of Wimbledon.

Fernando Verdasco leads the H2H 2-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The two met on the Rome dirt a few weeks back and Verdasco was able to come back from a set down to win.

Karen Khachanov (-139) vs Feliciano Lopez (+110)

Sticking with the theme of this article, Karen Khachanov is also in the midst of a rough 2019, with a win/loss record of 17-15, but he was able to overcome qualifier Woo Kwon Soon in four sets to come away with the first round win. Khachanov played in two warmup tournaments, plus an exhibition tournament, that saw the Russian lose in the first round of Stuttgart and make a quarterfinal run in Halle. Khachanov has a career 15-8 record on grass and fell in the Round of 16 here last season.

Feliciano Lopez extended his win streak to six games after a comfortable first round win over qualifier Marcos Giron. On June 18th of this year Feliciano Lopez had an abysmal 7-11 record in 2019 and had won just three main draw ATP matches all year. Fast forward two weeks later and the Spaniard is now 13-11 in 2019, has six straight main draw wins and lifted the title in London for his first title since 2017. Lopez has a career 86-43 grass record and fell in the second round here last season.

I like Karen Khachanov to get the win Wednesday.

Karen Khachanov leads the H2H 2-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The two met on the Indian Wells hardcourts earlier this season when Khachanov came away with a three set win.

YTD Tennis Results: 274-185

Men’s Wimbledon Results: 4-0

Men’s Wimbledon Best Bets – July 2nd   

The final 32 first round matches are on the schedule Tuesday with #2 Roger Federer, #3 Rafael Nadal, #5 Dominic Thiem, #8 Kei Nishikori, #9 John Isner, #12 Fabio Fognini, #13 Marin Cilic, #17 Matteo Berrettini, #18 Nikoloz Basilashvili, #24 Diego Schwartzman, #25 Alex De Minaur, #27 Lucas Pouille, #29 Denis Shapovalov, #31 Laslo Djere and #33 Jan-Lennard Struff all in action.

Below are my two best bets for Tuesday at the All-England Club.

Nikoloz Basilashvili (-189) vs James Ward (+150)

Nikoloz Basilashvili’s terrible 2019 has reached the peak status after four consecutive losses, dating back to May 24th, as the Georgian’s win/loss record is now 14-15 on the season. With a ton of ranking points to defend in the coming weeks Basilashvili needs to stack some wins starting this week. Basilashvili has played two grass tournaments this season and he fell in the first round of Stuttgart and first round of Halle. A career 11-17 record on the dirt, Basilashvili fell in the first round here last season.

Veteran Brit James Ward is enduring a tough 2019, holding a 13-19 record, and is looking for his first ATP main draw win since August 2014 (!). Ward has entered two Challenger grass events and two ATP grass events without much success this season. Ward made a Round of 16 appearance at the Surbiton Challenger event, fell in the first round of the Nottingham Challenger, then fell in the first round of both ATP London and Eastbourne. Ward has a 29-47 career grass record and fell in the final qualifying round here last season.

I like Nikoloz Basilashvili to come away with the first round win.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Cam Norrie (-175) vs Denis Istomin (+137)

Cam Norrie needs a win Tuesday or the Brit will see his 2019 win/loss record fall below .500, at 17-18. Norrie has won just one match since May 13th, in a span of six matches, and currently has a 1-2 grass record. Norrie fell in the first round of London before falling in the second round of Eastbourne last week. Norrie has a career 5-14 record on grass and fell in the first round here last season.

Denis Istomin is enduring a terrible 2019 and is currently on a stretch of winning just one of his last nine matches and has just one win since April 28th. A win Tuesday would be Istomin’s first ATP main draw win since early February as he has failed to even qualify for a main draw since late April. Istomin fell in the first round of the Ilkley Challenger and then the first round of Eastbourne qualifying during his grass prep. Istomin has a career 41-39 career grass record and fell in the first round here last season.

I like Cam Norrie to get the first round win.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 272-183

Men’s Wimbledon Results: 2-0

32 main draw matches get the seasons third Grand Slam underway Monday and the likes of #1 Novak Djokovic, #4 Kevin Anderson#6 Alex Zverev, #7 Stefanos Tsitsipas, #10 Karen Khachanov, #11 Daniil Medvedev, #15 Milos Raonic, #16 Gael Monfils, #19 Felix Auger-Aliassime, #21 David Goffin, #22 Stan Wawrinka, #23 Roberto Bautista Agut, #26 Guido Pella, #28 Benoit Paire, #30 Kyle Edmund and #32 Dusan Lajovic all get their tournament started.

Below are my two best bets for the first day of action at the All-England Club

Marius Copil (-139) vs Guido Pella (+110)

Marius Copil has been having a rough 2019, he currently has a 9-17 record, and is set to play his first ATP grass match of the season. Copil did play two Challenger grass events and he saw mixed results. The Romanian started his grass season with a run to the semifinal of the Surbiton Challenger event, but then entered the Ilkley Challenger tournament where he crashed out in the third round – Copil received a first round bye. Copil has a 30-20 career grass record, but fell in the first round of Wimbledon in 2018.

Guido Pella is enjoying a career season, and is at a career high ranking, thanks to a great clay season, but the Argentine still struggles when he is not on the dirt. Pella entered two warmup grass tournaments this season and suffered first round defeats at both events. In Halle, Pella fell to eventual runner-up David Goffin and, in Eastbourne, the Argentine fell to eventual champion Taylor Fritz. Pella has a career 6-12 record on grass and made a surprise run to the third round of Wimbledon in 2018.

I like Guido Pella to pull off the slight upset on Monday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Miomir Kecmanovic (-152) vs Roberto Carballes Baena (+120)

Miomir Kecmanovic, fresh off his first ever ATP final, will look to carry his momentum from Antalya to the seasons third Grand Slam. The Serbian opened the grass season with a first round loss to Karen Khachanov in Halle, but really found his form in Turkey. The 19-year-old made it to the semifinals before losing a set and was just one set away, he even had a match point, from lifting his maiden ATP title. The big serving Serb has an 8-6 career record on grass, but fell in the first round of qualifying here last year.

Roberto Carballes Baena played two warmup tournaments prior to Wimbledon and did not see great results. The Spaniard failed to qualify for the Fever-Tree Championships, but did receive a lucky loser spot into the main draw, however Carballes Baena fell in the first to Nick Kyrgios. Carballes Baena then headed to Turkey where he notched a first round win over world #265 JC Aragone before falling to Adrian Mannarino the next round. The Spaniard has a career 2-7 record on grass, he had no wins on the surface before this season, and fell in the first round here last season.

I like Miomir Kecmanovic to get the win on Monday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 270-181

Men’s Wimbledon Results: