Day one is in the books and there were, as ever, a couple of shocks at Wimbledon on opening day.
Fifth seed Stan Wawrinka was knocked out in four sets on Centre Court against Daniil Medvedev. The three-time Grand Slam champion has never been great at SW19 with his best effort being a couple of quarter final appearances, and once again the quicker grass surface proved his undoing as the Swiss was sent home early.
Elsewhere, Australian ‘bad boy’ Nick Kyrgios was forced to retire through injury whilst two sets down against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The Australian suffered a hip injury when taking a fall at Queens in his first round match there, and it was clearly bothering him from the get-go and after falling behind and with a mountain to climb, Kyrgios called time on proceedings.
Although the main action on Centre kicked off with a dominant Andy Murray display, on the outside courts play got under way at 11:30. It was out there that Jerzy Janowicz gave us a clean sweep of tips in his match, beating Denis Shapovalov in four sets and with there being less than 40.5 games in the match to land winners at 4/1 and 9/4 respectively.
Murray also gave us a nice 2/1 shot when he won in straight sets, served the most aces and the least double faults against Alexander Bublik. Unfortunately Fernando Verdasco couldn’t get it done against Kevin Anderson meaning on the first day we had a strike rate of winning tips of 60%. Not too shabby. Let’s shoot for more, though.
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If you remember the men’s outright preview on Severn Sport from the weekend, Dominic Thiem was a man tipped as an outsider of this tournament at 50/1. The Austrian is seeded eighth for this Slam and he’s always threatened to break out as a star. This year could be when he does.
He gets his campaign underway this afternoon as he looks to see off Vasek Pospisil. Whilst Pospisil looks a tasty 2/1 to come through this match, the 23 year-old Austrian should, on paper, have the beating of his Canadian compatriot.
As ever, we will avoid the match betting market and stick with what we’re good at: sets, games, handicaps, tie breaks etc. We all love a good 2/1 shot don’t we? Thought so. Admittedly it is tempting to go with the Canadian to win the match, you can get the same odds about a straight sets victory for the Austrian Thiem.
If you’re feeling really brave as well, why not go for a correct score in the first set. The value looks to be on Thiem 6-4 or Thiem 6-3 at 4/1 and 9/2 respectively.
It’s an all British affair elsewhere in the grounds of SW19, as world number 50 Kyle Edmund battles fellow Briton Alexander Ward, who is a qualifier for this year’s Wimbledon.
Edmund has really improved a lot over the past year. Two wins at this year’s French Open has shown that he really can do it on the big stage, he just needs to start converting some of those tight losses to the world’s best into wins to make people really sit up and take notice.
Although he’s lost his only two warm-up matches on grass this season, Davis Cup hero Edmund should prove too much for his fellow countryman. SkyBet go 6/5 about an Edmund victory in under 32.5 games which looks to be a pretty decent acca builder, but you can also get 7/2 on both Edmund to win the first set 6-3 or 6-4.
The King is back at Wimbledon as Roger Federer goes in search of a record eighth Wimbledon title and he’ll start his quest against Alexandr Dolgopolov. Can the world number 89 serve up a shock against the Greatest of All Time? Well, no, to be brutally honest.
Unlike his Swiss compatriot Wawrinka, Federer should cruise through his first round match at SW19 and SkyBet have boosted a first set win of 6-0, 6-1 or 6-2 to 9/4.
In the same match, we’re back on the RequestABet scene and today we like the look of Federer on the Games Handicap of -10.5. So, basically, Federer to win at least 11 games more than his opponent across the entire match. SkyBet have priced this up at 11/4 and it looks a steal at that price.
That’ll do it for the tips for Round One of SW19 this year, come back tomorrow for the start of Round Two and to see how we’ve done so far.
Dominic Thiem to win 3-0 vs Vasek Pospisil – 2/1
Kyle Edmund to win the first set 6-3 vs Alex Ward – 7/2
Roger Federer to win the first set 6-0, 6-1 or 6-2 vs Alexandr Dolgopolov – 9/4
Roger Federer to win (-10.5) Games Handicap – 11/4
TREBLE – Thiem to win 3-0, Edmund 1st set 6-3, Federer (-10.5) – 49.63/1