A day into the tournament, and already several big names have fallen. Bet365 has all the odds on Wimbledon this year, including plenty of interesting match-ups over the next couple of days.
Number-one seed Roger Federer had to battle from two sets down against Alejandro Falla in the opening round of The Championships. The 26-year-old Colombian took his chances against the six-time Wimbledon champion, but Federer’s experience shone through in what was an unexpected day one thriller.
Novak Djokovic and Nikolay Davydenko also had problems against their unranked opponents, forcing both matches into lengthy five-setters. Such results bode well for the unknown players at Wimbledon, as the end of a tennis era edges ever closer.
In the Ladies’ draw, it was surprisingly similar. 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone went down to relative unknown Vera Dushevina in three sets, while 2009 US Open semi-finalist Yanina Wickmayer was given a scare by young Alison Riske.
Bet365 has all the odds on the next two weeks of tennis action, including money line bets, outrights, and specials. Here are a couple of the best match-ups on offer for Tuesday, June 22:
Andy Murray: 1/100
Jan Hajek: 14/1
Andy Murray vs. Jan Hajek: Andy Murray is the hope of all British tennis fans. Not since the 1930s heroics of Fred Perry has a man from Great Britain lifted the Wimbledon trophy. Murray has had a fantastic season on court so far, finishing runner-up in the Australian Open before bailing out of the French Open in the fourth round. Still, his record at Wimbledon is getting better with each year, building up to last year’s semi-final appearance. By all accounts, this should be Murray’s best shot at Wimbledon, and a big win over the unknown Jan Hajek would be the perfect start to his tournament.
Most wouldn’t have heard of Jan Hajek, but his form in 2010 has been surprisingly good. Qualifying for Wimbledon may not have been as easy for him as it was for Murray, but already Hajek has a Challengers Czech Open title to his name after seeing off Radek Stepanek in the final. The Czech hasn’t played in The Championships since 2007, where he lost in the first round to Juan Carlos Ferrero – this result really should be elementary.
Sam Stosur: 4/11
Kaia Kanepi: 2/1
Sam Stosur vs. Kaia Kanepi: After failing to perform in the final of the French Open this year, Australia’s Samantha Stosur has to step up if she wants to continue her sterling run of form. Her opponent in Roland Garros has already been eliminated from this tournament, showing yet again how seeding doesn’t always have an effect on the outcome of matches. Stosur doesn’t have an excellent record at Wimbledon, having only reached the third round for the first time last year. This match should be fairly easy for the stocky Australian, but with the sort of results that have already been flying out of this tournament, it could very well be an upset waiting to happen.
25-year-old Estonian Kaia Kanepi may not be a face you immediately recognise on the professional circuit, but she has been around the Majors for quite some time, even reaching the French Open quarterfinals in 2008. Her success at Wimbledon has not been quite as fruitful, having only once progressed past the first round of the tournament since 2006. Still, after impressing with wins on the ITF Circuit in May, and winning her way back into the top 100, Kaia Kanepi is not a player to be taken lightly.
Rafael Nadal: 1/100
Kei Nishikori: 14/1
Serena Williams: 1/100
Michelle Larcher de Brito: 14/1
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