The second week of Wimbledon kicks off with the day often described a ‘Manic Monday’ with all 16 fourth round singles matches across both draws played out on what often ends up being ‘Magic Monday’ particularly with the doubles mixed in.
We lost some big names in the first week of the tournament but the top three in the men’s game are still in while two of the top three women also compete on Monday. A host of other big names grace the courts too so we’re in for something good.
Day 6 Recap
What a good day of tennis it was on Saturday. There were very easy wins for Ash Barty, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Kei Nishikori to name a few while Jo Konta came through a great contest with Sloane Stephens. The day finished with a Wimbledon epic between Dan Evans and Joao Sousa while the first sighting of the Serena Williams and Andy Murray pairing was seen on Centre Court.
It was a very good day for us betting wise as well with Konta coming from a set down and winning the final set 61 to cover a handicap which looked a lost cause right up to the point that the third set started. Our other bet on the day was for a lengthy contest between Dan Evans and Joao Sousa and we got that too so that offers us something to build on here.
It is Rafael Nadal who gets us underway on Monday when he goes up against the man who went deep into Saturday night with Dan Evans in Joao Sousa. The schedule might not have helped the Portuguese there it has to be said. The only remaining British player left in singles action is up second on Centre when Jo Konta takes on the former winner Petra Kvitova in the match up of the day in the women’s draw while the action is rounded off with Roger Federer looking to make another Grand Slam quarter final when he goes up against Matteo Berrettini for the first time.
Serena Williams looks to continue her quest to regain her Wimbledon title when she meets regular foe Carla Suarez Navarro in the opening match over on Court 1 before the teenage sensation Coco Gauff is back on a show court. She meets the classy Simona Halep in another standout match from the ladies draw before Novak Djokovic finishes off a good looking day over on the second biggest court in the grounds. He faces another young talent in the form of Ugo Humbert.
World number one Ash Barty has been pushed out to the Graveyard court on Monday, in a controversial move by the organisers. She takes on Alison Riske who has already disposed of two seeds and will be looking to get rid of the biggest of them all. They are followed by the battle of the Czechs as Karolina Muchova takes on Karolina Pliskova before Kei Nishikori looks to continue his amazing head-to-head record over Mikhail Kukushkin, which the Japanese star currently heads 9-0, with Nishikori winning the last six in straight sets.
Elina Svitolina is first up out on Court 3 on Monday when she goes up against the dangerous battler Petra Martic in a match which could steal the show out there. The second match looks a tasty battle as well as David Goffin goes up against Fernando Verdasco in what looks like being a lengthy encounter. The last singles match on this court sees our pre-tournament pick Milos Raonic taking on the underrated Argentine player Guido Pella in what should be a third great match over on Court 3.
Best of the Rest
There are four other singles matches on the card on Monday with Barbora Strycova going up against Elise Mertens out on Court 12. They are followed by the American pair of Sam Querrey and Tennys Sandgren who meet with a shot at Rafael Nadal a possible reward for the winner. Over on court 18 Shuai Zhang goes up against Dayana Yastremska who is quietly impressing in this tournament. Roberto Bautista Agut goes up against Benoit Paire in the other game there while dotted around the grounds Jamie Murray is in mixed doubles action as are the Bryan Brothers.
I’ll go with a couple of bets over the course of the day in the men’s draw where Guido Pella and Milos Raonic could put on something of a lengthy match. Pella showed in the last round that going up against the big servers doesn’t faze him as he took Kevin Anderson apart and he beat Marin Cilic here last year from two sets down. Milos Raonic falls into the same category as those two albeit better on the ground than both. Nevertheless, Pella is awkward and brings it to his opponents. I can see this one having four sets which with the way these two serve should be enough to see an over 36.5 games bet land.
Kei Nishikori doesn’t just lead Mikhail Kukushkin 9-0 in their careers but he has won the last 14 sets against the Kazakh and only one of those sets has gone beyond 10 games. I’ve got to think the Japanese star will dominate this match. He hasn’t dropped a set in the tournament yet while Kukushkin has gone five with John Isner and four with Jan-Lennard Struff which doesn’t really bode well for the state of his game here. There is something about this match up that Nishikori enjoys and so I’ll back him to cover a 6.5 game handicap.
I’ve been waiting to take on Elina Svitolina all tournament and now we have reached the time where we can do that when she goes up against Petra Martic. I’ve long since thought Svitolina is too weak mentally when it comes to winning Grand Slams and she’s had to go three sets in her last two matches, or would have had to if her second round opponent didn’t have to pull out with cramp when she was a set up. Petra Martic has been three sets in all three matches so far but the thing I like about the Croat is she doesn’t know when she is beaten, and when the pressure cranks up she can still perform. I’m not convinced that is the case with Svitolina so I’m with Martic at odds against here, especially after the way she took on Dani Collins in the previous match and came out on top authoritatively.
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WON – Back G.Pella vs M.Raonic – Over 36.5 games for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with BetVictor
Back K.Nishikori (-6.5 games) to beat M.Kukushkin for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with Betfred
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