The second week of Wimbledon begins with one of the best days on the tennis calendar on Monday as the last 16 matches in both singles draws are played out on what is usually an exciting day at the SW19 complex.
That means for the first time in the tournament we have the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber all in action on the same day so wherever we look at Wimbledon on Monday we should see great tennis.
Day 6 Recap
The theme of Wimbledon this year is big names dropping like flies and two more bit the dust on Saturday when Alexander Zverev went down in five while Simona Halep was surprisingly shocked in three tough sets. Nick Kyrgios also went on what was not the best day for the seeds despite the likes of Angelique Kerber, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro cruising through.
It was a really good day for us betting wise though with both our bets in the ladies draw, Alison van Uytvanck and Dominika Cibulkova powering through to the next round but sadly despite winning the first set Kyle Edmund was not able to bring in the handicap but it was another profitable day to build on.
It is the defending men’s champion Roger Federer who opens up play on the Centre Court. He takes on Adrian Mannarino who is usually out of his depth against these kind of opponents. Serena Williams then continues her quest for another Grand Slam title when she faces Evgeniya Rodina before Rafael Nadal is back on court when he plays the big serving Czech player Jiri Vesely in the final game of the day.
Angelique Kerber gets the action underway out on Court 1 on Monday. She plays Belinda Bencic in what could be an insanely good contest before the entertaining Gael Monfils is back on a show court. He faces the solid looking Kevin Anderson before Novak Djokovic bids for a quarter final place when he goes up against the Russian player Karen Khachanov in what is the final match on this court.
Karolina Pliskova is the first star on show out on Court 2 when she faces the potentially tricky test of Kiki Bertens before Kei Nishikori looks to finally end the resurgence of Ernests Gulbis. The last singles match of the day on this court sees Juan Martin del Potro look to continue his cruise through the draw when he plays the French player Gilles Simon.
Former French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko is first up out on Court 2. She faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus before the big hitting Julia Goerges faces Donna Vekic in what should be a very good contest out on that court. John Isner faces the rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas to end the day on the court in terms of singles action.
Best of the Rest
If you have a ground pass you will still get to see a couple of seeds dotted around the grounds on Monday as Milos Raonic is out on Court 12 while Daria Kasatkina faces Alison Van Uytvanck out on Court 18. Dominika Cibulkova is also in action on that court so along with the various doubles matches there is plenty to see around the grounds throughout the day.
I like two bets in the men’s draw on Monday with the first one being on Gael Monfils to beat Kevin Anderson. Monfils hasn’t always been excellent on grass but his slide down the world rankings due to injuries has focused his mind this week and he has already come past Richard Gasquet and Sam Querrey and he can add Anderson to the list. To be fair Anderson saw off Philipp Kohlschreiber much more clinically than I expected on Saturday but he is 0-5 against Monfils in his career and I’m guessing that the variety in the Frenchman’s play bamboozles him and his pace and reflexes make Anderson play the extra shots he isn’t used to playing. Given the record between the two and the way ‘La Monf’ has played so far Monfils looks good value to me.
Ernests Gulbis had barely won a main tour match this season before he began qualifying for this tournament and now he is in the last 16 here having disposed of the number four seed on Saturday. If he still has enough in his legs he could well take care of Kei Nishikori too. Nishikori has played well in the first week of the tournament but there are still signs that he is not back to his very best which would make him almost a certainty here if he was. I think you can make a case for both men here which means we are likely to be in for a lengthy tussle and over 36.5 games looks good to me in that case.
Dominika Cibulkova came good for me in the previous round when she absolutely took Elise Mertens to the cleaners and given how well she is playing I think she is worth sticking with when she takes on Su-Wei Hsieh. Hsieh dumped Simona Halep out in an epic on Saturday but now she has to go from Court 1 against a great to an outside court against someone who should be seeded but isn’t which won’t be easy. Cibulkova has a 2-0 lead over the Chinese Taipei star and given how pure she is striking the ball and the motivation she is carrying I fancy her to extend that run to 3-0.
You often get favourites who are uneasy on this particular day and I think one of those could be Julia Goerges. She has done well to come through but the way she struggled to see out her win over Barbora Strycova in the previous round would be a concern especially given that she plays a Donna Vekic who is becoming more and more at home on this surface. We saw the quality the young Croatian has when she took care of Sloane Stephens in the first round and thinking back to last year she played out an absolute epic with Jo Konta after winning in Nottingham. Grass suits Vekic and her price here suits me.
Back G.Monfils to beat K.Anderson for a 4/10 stake at 2.25 with BetBright
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WON – Back E.Gulbis vs K.Nishikori – Over 36.5 games for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with BetVictor
WON – Back D.Cibulkova (-2.5 games) to beat S-W.Hsieh for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Coral
Back D.Vekic to beat J.Goerges for a 4/10 stake at 2.15 with Unibet
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