Wimbledon day 1 betting: Djokovic kicks-off against local hope

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Updated: June 27, 2016

2016 The Championships, day 1 – Wimbledon, London, England; June 27 – tips by Alex Romanovich

 

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The Championships kick-off tonight against the backdrop of the turmoil sweeping the United Kingdom after last week’s ‘Brexit’ vote to leave the European Union. But it’s the continent that’s likely to gain the upper hand over the host nation on the opening day. As is tradition, defending champion Djokovic opens play on Centre Court on day 1. The world no.1 will face home hope James Ward in what will be their first meeting.

Djokovic (pictured below), who begins his quest for a fourth title at the All England Club, is trying to become the first man to win five Grand Slam tournaments in a row since Don Budge won six straight in 1937-38. He enters the first round encounter having won 28 straight matches in majors. Capping opening day proceedings on Centre Court is seven-time champion Roger Federer, facing world no. 51 Guido Pella.

The 34-year-old returns to the Grand Slam stage after his record streak of 65 seeking major tournaments was snapped at Roland Garros, due to a back injury. Federer will be looking to keep another record streak alive on Monday, when he bids to claim a 52nd successive first round win in a Grand Slam tournament. It will be the first meeting between the Swiss and the Argentine.

 

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The Centre Court fell for Garbiñe Muguruza last year when she provided a stern challenge for Serena Williams in her maiden Grand Slam final. Since then, her eclipse of Serena in the French Open final has only underlined that obvious star quality. Last weekend, the proud Spaniard was to be found wandering around The All England Club in a Spain football jersey, talking of her excitement at watching their progress in the European Football Championships just across the Channel.

Coincidentally, while they take on Italy in the last 16, she will be otherwise engaged in playing out her own Spain-Italy duel on centre court with Camila Giorgi, the world No.68. Laura Robson returns to the big stage as she battles back from wrist injury woes. On no.1 Court, she meets Angelique Kerber, who rekindles memories of winning her first Grand Slam match as a 17-year-old against the German.

Five years on, as Australian Open champion, Kerber now presents a rather more forbidding obstacle. Perhaps the most intriguing match-up tonight is the battle of Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova while there’s a fascinating clash between two highly talented players in Monica Puig and Johanna Konta, with the latter having momentum and market support.

 

 

Confirmed betting

Adrian Mannarino WIN v Kyle Edmund (two units @ $1.62)
Bjorn Fratangelo v Grigor Dimitrov/1-3 sets (one unit @ $3.60)
Sam Querrey v Lukas Rosol + 39.5 games (one unit @ $1.80)
Jeremy Chardy WIN v Gael Monfils (one unit @ $2.38)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez v Andreas Seppi -4.5 games (one unit @ $1.80)
Ekaterina Alexandrova v Ana Ivanovic -5.5 games (two units @ $1.73)
Garbiñe Muguroza/2-1 v Camila Giorgi (one unit @ $3.80)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands v Lucie Safarova +21.5 games (one unit @ $1.83)
Svetlana Kuznetsova WIN v Caroline Wozniacki (one unit @ $2.20)
Monica Puig v Johanna Konta three sets (one unit @ $2.20)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to Sportsbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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