Wimbledon day 5 betting: Drama assured in Kyrgios v Brown battle

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Updated: July 1, 2016

2016 The Championships, day 5Wimbledon, London, England; July 1 – tips by Alex Romanovich

 

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It’s not a match that has been included on the betting card of our in-form tipster Alex Romanovich but we’ll certainly be tuning for the first ever battle of ‘colourful’ duo, Aussie Nick Kyrgios and German Dustin Brown. Intermixed with a high rate of errors give his high-risk style of play, Brown is a human highlight film whose YouTube collection is more impressive than his actual tennis resume. The 31-year-old German has always done his best work on grass.

Kyrgios (even though he is clearly an all-court player) may end up achieving more success at Wimbledon than at any other major when it is all said and done. Both players have extremely compact backhands and hit the ball hard and flat to go along with huge serves, a recipe that is tailor made for for lawn tennis. Kyrgios has earned nearly $3 million in his young career; Brown used to travel the circuit in a camper van and make a few extra quid by stringing rackets for his fellow players.

 

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This match-up came close to being denied on Tuesday, but Brown outlasted Dusan Lajovic 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The world no. 85 is now 9-2 on grass in 2016 (a Challenger title is included in that record) and 5-5 lifetime in main-draw action at Wimbledon. Kyrgios scraped past Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-1 for his first grass-court victory of the year after having drawn Milos Raonic in round one at Queen’s Club (a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 loss). The 18th-ranked Australian is 24-9 on the season and has the first ATP title of his career under his belt (Marseille).

Kyrgios thrives in the spotlight of Grand Slam tournaments and the 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinalist appears due for more success in London on the heels of disappointing third-round exits in Melbourne and Paris. The two men share a common bond: they have both beaten Nadal on Centre Court. Kyrgios was first, claiming his four set win in 2014.  The following year, Nadal found himself up against Brown (pictured above) who ran the Spaniard ragged. The Aussie should win, but there’ll be a few highlights on either side of the net in this one.

 

Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Juan Martin Del Potro v Stan Wawrinka -3.5 hcp (one unit @ $1.83)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga -6.5 hcp v Juan Monaco (one unit @ $1.83)
Steve Johnson v Grigor Dimitrov 1-3 (one unit @ $4.00)
Marin Cilic 3-0 v Lukas Lacko (one unit @ $1.67)
Dan Evans v Roger Federer 1-3 (one unit @ $5.00)

Simona Halep 2-1 v Kiki Bertens (one unit @ $3.75)
Sabine Lisicki 2-0 v Yaroslava Shvedova (one unit @ $2.00)
Sloane Stephens -5.5 hcp v Mandy Minella (one unit @ $1.91)
Serena Williams v Christina Mchale +18.5 total (one unit @ $1.90)
Dominka Cibulkova v Eugenie Bouchard/3 sets total (one unit @ $2.20)

 

 

Yesterday’s results: 8-0-4, +3.28 units; overall record: 18-2-9, +9.49 units

Marin Cilic (3-0) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (one unit @ $2.10) LOSE (3-1)
John Isner -2.5 hcp v Marcos Baghdatis (one unit @ $1.73) WIN
Nicolas Almagro v Denis Istomin -3.5 hcp (one unit @ $1.83) WIN
Federico Delbonis + 5.5 hcp v Fabio Fognini (one unit @ $1.80) WIN
Kei Nishikori (3-0) v Julien Benneteau (one unit @ $1.62) LOSE
Milos Raonic -6.5 hcp v Andreas Seppi (one unit @ $2.25) WIN

Samantha Stosur v Sabine Lisicki 2-0 (one unit @ $2.38) WIN
Lucie Safarova -4.5 hcp v Samantha Crawford (one unit @ $1.83) WIN
Simona Halep -5.5 hcp v Francesca Schiavone (one unit @ $1.80) WIN
Sara Errani WIN v Alize Cornet (one unit @ $2.27) LOSE
Varvara Lepchenko v Angelique Kerber -5.5 hcp (one unit @ $1.66) WIN
Venus Williams v Maria Sakkari -19.5 total (one unit @ $1.72) LOSE

• 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 Time (AET); 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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