Wimbledon day 3 betting: Willis lives out centre court dream

Updated: June 29, 2016

2016 The Championships, day 3Wimbledon, London, England; June 29 – tips by Alex Romanovich


After Brexit and England’s shock departure from Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland, the country is due for some positive news, and it may come in the shape of Marcus Willis. As Ian Chadband highlighted in the official day 3 preview: “Marcus Willis is a down-at-heel British tennis pro, a self-confessed “loser” who likes a pint, piles on the pounds and loses his direction. Thinking he’s going nowhere, he takes up coaching (£30 an hour to tutor everyone from five-year-olds to grannies’ doubles)”.

Tempted by one last shot at the big time, Willis (pictured below) snuck into the Wimbledon’s pre-qualifiers, wins all three matches, then three more in the qualifying rounds before, as world No.772, he wins his first tour level match in the first round of the main event amid wild celebrations. Then he comes off court to find he’s earned his right to meet the greatest player in history, Roger Federer, on the greatest court in the world in today’s second round. On Centre Court, no less!



The Novak Djokovic steamroller looks set to continue on its merry way later in the day when he takes on French southpaw Adrian Mannarino. Djokovic has lost to a player ranked as low as No. 55 today’s opponent on one occasion this year, when he fell to no. 55 Jiri Vesely at Monte Carlo. He has not lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at a Grand Slam since he was defeated by No. 75 Marat Safin in the second round at Wimbledon eight years ago.

Djokovic has lost just once in his past 40 matches with French players (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Toronto). Overall, he has a 92-17 win-loss record against Frenchmen. Mannarino has beaten a top 10 player once in 16 attempts – he defeated no. 8 Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in the third round at Miami but has lost all of his matches against top 10 opposition in Grand Slam events, winning just three sets in seven matches. Djokovic will start as a $1.01 favourite, no thanks.



Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Marin Cilic (3-0) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (one unit @ $2.10)
John Isner -2.5 hcp v Marcos Baghdatis (one unit @ $1.73)
Nicolas Almagro v Denis Istomin -3.5 hcp (one unit @ $1.83)
Federico Delbonis + 5.5 hcp v Fabio Fognini (one unit @ $1.80)
Fernando Verdasco v Bernard Tomic +40.5 total (one unit @ $1.83) TBC

Samantha Stosur v Sabine Lisicki 2-0 (one unit @ $2.38)
Lucie Safarova -4.5 hcp v Samantha Crawford (one unit @ $1.83)
Simona Halep -5.5 hcp v Francesca Schiavone (one unit @ $1.80)
Monica Puig v Johanna Konta three sets (one unit @ $2.20) TBC
Eugenie Bouchard -4.5 hcp v Magdalena Rybarikova (one unit @ $1.83) TBC


Yesterday’s results: 3-2-2, +0.76 units; overall record: 8-2-4, +5.61 units

Victor Estrella Burgos v Marcel Granollers +36 total (one unit @ $1.90) PUSH (36)
Luke Saville v Dennis Novikov 5 sets total (one unit @ $3.25) LOSE (4)
Nick Kyrgios v Radek Stepanek +39 total (one unit @ $1.83) PUSH
Liam Broady +10.5 hcp v Andy Murray (one unit @ $1.83) WIN
Svetlana Kuznetsova WIN v Caroline Wozniacki (one unit @ $2.20) WIN
Serena Williams v Amra Sadikovic -16.5 total (one unit @ $2.00) LOSE (18)
Dominika Cibulkova -3.5 hcp v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (one unit @ $1.73) WIN

• 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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