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Meant to work on this earlier but my friends love poison and poison’s a team game so I got a little intoxicated. Djokovic Kudla : Kudla has resurrected his season and remained on tour by getting some points in the grass season. By far his best surface in the past, he had some upset potential were he anywhere else in the draw. Novak is unlikely to be tested until he plays FAA and he has 1 more tough match to get there against a quickly rising Moutet. Kudla plays hard but he is entirely too straightforward and doesn’t have a big enough serve to trouble Djokovic. Novak in 3. Mayer Hurkacz : Mayer looked healthy enough in round 1 and skipping the entire grass season seems not to have held him back. This is an interesting matchup because Hurkacz is supposed to win. He’s got a slightly bigger serve, Mayer’s prime surface is supposed to be clay, and while Mayer has had some solid performances in the past two seasons Hurkacz is a player whose stock is rising. Mayer leads the H2H 2-0, however, and while Hurkacz was steady in his defeat of Lajovic Mayer possesses a similar game to Lajovic with the inclusion of more power off both wings, a larger reach, and a much much bigger serve. I would not be surprised if this contest included tiebreakers and in a match like that there’s not a very clear way to predict a winner despite that being the point of me writing this. Unfortunately I’m not here to write a pretty article I’m here to offer up the input I have on tennis. Somebody in 4. Auger-Aliassime Moutet : Dimitrov played two perfect sets of tennis and had his chances in the third. The odd thing is despite Moutet stealing a third set in which he was twice down a break and really just hanging on by a thread, there was not reason for Dimitrov’s level to drop. Where his confidence issues ended up felling him against a rising star, FAA may have the answer. Although he’s young in his career he has put in a lot of hard yards on the challenger tour (it’s odd he hasn’t played Moutet yet as he mingles in the same district) and has experienced playing difficult opponents who make you earn every point. On the opposite side of the net Moutet is that player. FAA is listed at what I think is an inflated -575 on Bovada. I somewhat agree. He has served to better effect this grass season, his groundstrokes are of excellent quality, and while Dimitrov thinks he has to get to net and play spectacular tennis FAA is more about precision and good decisions. I think the odds ruin the value but I do expect FAA to arrive at the inevitable clash with Novak. Simply put Moutet has smaller weapons and a lower ceiling of his game than Felix. FAA in 4-5. Humbert Granollers : Monfils is the Raonic of getting injured. Fixing to clean up Humbert in the appropriate amount of sets he encountered what only he can and ended up retiring. I’d love to say Humbert earned that one and he did play at a high level but it was more about Monfils delaying the inevitable. Speaking of the inevitable, where did Granollers come from. Sonego was having a good grass season and has emerged on tour as a threat at the 250 level. Granollers played lockdown tennis as he did in qualifying and Sonego was forced into errors and passes that he was unable to produce after a long week in Antalya. The math at work in this is Humbert’s ability to hit through Granollers' defenses vs Granollers ability to pressure the younger player into errors. Oddsmakers have declared this a pickem and while I agree, I lean towards Granollers taking the match as he is in slightly better form and Humbert has had a fairly complacent grass season. Humbert is a lefty and a great serve and that can’t be discounted, so I don’t think it will be easy for either player to run away with this. Granollers in 5. Medvedev Popyrin : Popyrin hit right through a real fake test in PCB. He served at a decent clip, hit aggressively from the baseline, and played the big points a little better. While I’m a big fan of PCB, he’s not back to his prior form yet and his service games have been a huge liability. That’s where he differs with Medvedev. Medvedev is a pusher with a top 20 serve. It’s hard to make sense of that until you see the patience that he exhibits on a tennis court. His tight two sets with Lorenzi are really a byproduct of Lorenzi’s experience more than any struggle on Danil’s side. The issue with this match will be if Medvedev cannot break Popyrin’s serve he may be able to snag a set or two. That’s a big if, however, and I expect Medvedev to have the easier time holding serve. Medvedev in 4. Chardy Goffin : Chardy has been a thorn in Goffin’s side in the past. He has a pure game and while Goffin is adept at shaping the ball around the court Chardy’s only real struggle is with pace. A pure striker with a great serve and a tennis IQ that makes me wonder what the actual fuck most of the coaches are doing with their players, Chardy isn’t a guy who will lose in straight sets. Goffin has been resurgent for the first time in over a year in this grass season, and while this is encouraging, he will have to work hard to win this match. I wouldn’t put a cent on Goffin at -300 and I don’t expect Chardy to magically be able to hit through his defenses when he lost to Norrie a week ago. Expect this one to go to Goffin in 5 if he plays well or Chardy in 4 if he doesn’t. Verdasco Edmund : Both opened their grass season with a quick loss at the hands of a top 20 player. Both played their second grass event and notched two good wins before falling to an American in top form. Both advanced through the first round in 3 straight one break sets. If you’re sensing a trend in predictions it’s because the 2nd round presents a lot of matches that are very very tight. Edmund is playing on home soil and is in what is supposed to be the prime of his career. Verdasco has won their last two clashes (in 3 sets) and the big key I think for him is Edmund’s poor movement. While he takes tennis as serious as anyone Edmund has had a big problem with remaining in volleys once he’s moved out wide on the court. Verdasco is a primadonna quitter who swings for the fences. This one will come down to whose forehand implodes first. Verdasco in 5. Karlovic Fabbiano : Nobody watched Karlovic’s match, but we all know what it included. The guy has the best serve the ATP will ever see. If he were not so immobile he would win half the tournaments. Everyone watched Fabbiano’s match, and stared at Zverev likely without noticing the excellent and legitimate talent that Thomas possesses. This is a match that I consider Fabbiano’s reward, and while it will be extremely difficult for him to break Karlovic he is playing at a level that will make Ivo’s stealing a break equally difficult. Fabbiano in 4 tiebreakers. Anderson Tipsarevic : Finally something I can lean on. Anderson looked excellent against Herbert, who has more weapons and better agility than Tipsarevic. Anderson’s game during rallies bothers me not because anything is wrong with his ballstriking but because he has a very simple shot selection. I do feel that forcing your opponent to anticipate is a huge advantage in sport and Anderson has done a ton of work to become one of the best baseliners of all the bigmen but he forfeits variety with this. Tipsarevic should be able to pull some errors out of him but the issue will be getting into rallies. Anderson sports a top 5 serve and while he struggled with injury and confidence in the past, he has enough major results that he won’t panic or doubt himself. Anderson in 3. Seppi Pella : Get some, Seppi. A good win for a good vet against an error prone Jarry sets up this clash against a guy who gives you 3 hours of error free tennis. Pella plays with margin and wants to outwork you. This will be a physical contest and given Seppi’s abbreviated service motion I think Pella will be able to work his way into his service games. On the opposite side Pella is probably on par with Schwartzman for fewest aces in the top 50 and this probably won’t be a straight set win for just that reason. Pella in 4. Wawrinka Opelka : Grass isn’t Stan’s best surface. He’s been know to struggle and go deep with opponents in the past. Tennis isn’t Opelka’s best game. He seems like a great kid and he can serve aces and smoke some groundstrokes that’ll make you think he’s like a better version of Isner, but he’s not there yet. Wawrinka may serve smaller but given Opelka’s struggles returning Stan won’t have to do as much and won’t have to press as much to hold serve. Opelka can take the raquet out of anyone’s hand and get to a tiebreaker but I don’t see him winning more than one. Wawrinka in 4. Haase Raonic : Haase wins a match! What scares me about this matchup is Raonic is made of feathery glass, and Haase has a big serve and excellent reach. What bothers me about backing him is he really appears to be falling victim to his age this season. Subpar results, complacency, and a win over a struggling Kovalik don’t lend themselves to thinking an upset is coming here nor the outstanding display of returning that it would require. Raonic in 3. Khachanov Lopez : Is this match over already? Books opened this with Khachanov around a -160 favorite and it has just slowly sunk every day. Lopez has a) not beaten him ever at tennis b) only one way of beating him which is serve and volleying through 3 winning sets against a guy with excellent movement and reach. I know Lopez won a grass event. I know he has a vicious serve. I just don’t think people are considering the opportunity. At +110-+130 you’re basically trying to call an upset and getting not much value. The problem is in his title run he beat a few quality players in Simon, FAA, Fucsovics, Raonic but he played 3 sets with all of them. Raonic was at the event to warm up for Wimbledon he wins 0 250/500 level events. Khachanov would tune up Simon. Fucsovics lost a set to Novak so you know it’s not really his dominant surface. FAA is 18 years old. I’m not saying Lopez doesn’t have a chance here I’m just saying there’s no value predicting it. It will be hard for either player to break the other’s serve and it will likely come with a burst of errors. Another match where I’m expecting multiple tiebreakers. Khachanov in 5. Darcis Bautista Agust : Darcis made quick work of Zverev. RBA makes quick work of everyone until someone from the top ten bets him in straight one break sets. Darcis is a slick player with good variety but RBA is an unblinking robot ball machine and he is unlikely to lose this match barring injury. RBA in 3. Paire Kecmanovic : Paire’s first round win over Londero looked inevitable yet didn’t inspire confidence. Kecmanovic was doubted by oddsmakers in the first round likely based on fatigue after his title run in Turkey,a nd came through nicely. The surface here is Paires only saving grace. Kecmanovic is exactly the type of player that works hard enough to profit from the errors and lapses in concentration that Paire offers up. Another match that really I expect to go 5 sets. I’m aware that kind of prediction doesn’t help people make money but not every match is worth predicting. Kecmanovic in 5. Cuevas Vesely : Cuevas! A win on grass is rare for the Uruguayan and his reward is a familiar opponent. Vesely was solid in his defeat of Zverev and while Cuevas is a brilliant athlete he is working with smaller weapons here. Vesely’s strength are his serve and groundstrokes and he should be able to remain on offense against Cuevas who really only redlines his offensive game once he’s lost the lead in a match. On a grass court it will likely be too late once he does. Vesely in 4. Querrey Rublev : Rublev is scary. He is the kind of kid who uses capslock every time he angrily texts his parents from his room. When he gets to swinging his racquet he has proven time and time again his opponent doesn’t matter. I wish he actually were playing a different opponent as when he is in good form on tour he makes for some exciting matches despite behaving like an angry carrot that’s come to life. Querrey played just wonderful tennis against Thiem and that backs up his warmup event last week where he lost an inconsequential final. This section of the draw is wiiiiiiiiiide the fuck open and he is the most experienced player with the best serve. I don’t suspect fatigue will play a part yet, and that’s bad news for Rublev who can hit with the same power but doesn’t possess the same serve. Querrey in 4. Millman Djere : Do you like extended baseline rallies on a grass court? Djere had a much harder test in the first round, and while Millman has had a good couple seasons and might be considered the more seasoned player Djere’s results have shown that he is a threat to anyone outside the top 20. Millman’s problem in this match will be that he wants to do exactly the same thing as Djere but Djere is the bigger hitter. Djere in 4-5. Simon Sandgren : A nice win over a somewhat fatigued Uchiyama lands Sandgren in the second round. With a style and results that make it seem like he’s just a dude who kinda hangs around tennis events and enters when they let him, he now matches up against a guy whose results indicate that form is a major requirement for his success. Luckily, Simon has looked excellent and relaxed this grass season. I don’t expect Sandgren’s style will be able to hit through Simon’s defense and this will mean if Simon can hold serve, he rolls in this match. That is generally harder said than done given the lack of pace on his delivery, so Sandgren will be on the court for a long time with no real chance at winning. Simon in 5. Fucsovics Fognini : Fognini managed to turn it up against Tiafoe and was rewarded with just an absolute fuckton of errors. Fucsovics and Novak played one of the matches of the day and it’s a shame more people did not catch it. This is a spot where I do consider the upset the most likely event. Fognini was not serving aces today, and Fucsovics is a solid striker and a brilliant defender. Fognini will have a difficult time remaining focused and has been known to force shots when he feels trapped in a rally. Fucsovics in 4. Cilic Sousa : Sousa played great tennis against Jubb. Cilic is just not Jubb, however, and he had a good warmup against Mannarino who is the kind of grass opponent that will hit you one of every single kind of shot that exists. Cilic has struggled this season in early rounds but grass is one of his better surfaces and you have to give him credit for solid results in majors. Sousa will work hard but Cilic’s defense and confidence in this match will see him through. Cilic in 3. Evans Basilashvili : Not sure what to expect in this one. On one hand Evans is in great form and it seems like a nice comeback story. On the other hand he has struggled with guys with power (Edmund Wawrinka). I’ll say the big factor here is Nikoloz going 5 lengthy sets with Ward. The hometown favorite acquitted himself well, but I expected Basilashvili to win in 4. After winning 8-6 in the fifth, there is no player who can say “i was the significantly better player” and that is the sort of level I believe is needed to dismiss Evans with his current form. One more W for the Brit. Evans in 4. Berankis Tsonga :Tsonga is really profiting from this draw. Shapov, and I mean this in the meanest way possible, can break down his game and grind out a win against someone like Berankis any time he wants to. He has lost matches like this a number of times since his debut and it’s starting to get tedious. It’s one thing to try to develop a top gear that can compete with the top guys, but you have to win matches to get there and he just doesn’t. Tsonga will be perfectly happy though, as Shap has slumped against low level guys but always brings it against the 10-30 tier. Tsonga likely won’t be broken that often in this clash, but Berankis didn’t just get gifted the match against Shap and did play some solid tennis so he may earn a set. Tsonga in 4. Kyrgios Nadal : This is what we came for. The worst part about it is having the great match in the hands of Kyrgios, who may just phone it in or fake an injury or bicker with the crowd. I’m tired of writing or thinking about this lazy fuck. Nishikori Norrie : An equally frustrating match for the opposite reasons. Norrie has turned in some of the worst performances I’ve seen this year, yet the plucky moron keeps going out there and competing. He really should not have a chance in this match, but given Kei’s difficulty scoring easily on his serve, this will be a long one. Kei has the benefit of having played a lefty in the last round, and while he’ll lose crowd support in this one, a loss here will signify the beginning of his fade from contention at major events. Kei in 4. Johnson De Minaur : Johnson sports the way bigger serve. The advantages end there. De Minaur plays about as hard as Nadal, hits with great length, and forfeits style for efficiency. This is the kind of match i’ve been watching Johnson lose for quite some time. The backhand is a liability against anyone willing to put in the footwork, the pedestrian run around the forehand strategy is not sustainable over the course of a match and the indecision that arises as one moves to that position out of habit causes errors. De Minaur in 5. Struff Fritz : Woof. Both guys in top form. Fritz never blinked against Berdych who was rusty but played decent. Struff gave back a bunch of breaks against Albot but closed out each set nicely. One of these guys will be pumping their fist as if they always knew they were the better player at the end of each set, but it’ll be a choice few point that decide this one. Struff in 4 or Fritz in 5. Kukushkin Isner : Kukushkin was the last leg of almost every parlay I placed on the first round and he never made me sweat at all. Isner stumbled a few times against Ruud but wasn’t really tested. This one is a match similar to the Ivo/Fabbiano match in that one guy has a WAY more dominant serve but both should be able to find their way to a tiebreaker. I do think Kukushkin’s lack of power may become a liability as Isner plays himself into form. Isner in an awkward 5. Berretini Baghdatis : Berretini lost a set but cleaned up a solid Bedene nicely. Up next is Baghdatis who is at the Lorenzi level of stealing matches. The problem here is Berretini doesn’t give up unforced errors and the pressure he applies off the forehand wing is constant. I don’t believe Marcos has the physical prowess at this stage to really play defense here and I think this will be one way traffic and the retirement of just an incredible player. Berretini in 3 and Baghdatis in our hearts forevaaaaaaaa. Koepfer Schwartzman : Koepfer looked exhausted halfway through the first set against Krajinovic but played some gutsy offensive baseline tennis to get through the match. Up next is the only guy in the draw Koepfer is taller than, and fortuitously a similar defensive test to Kraj. Koepfer is a slick lefty with good pace on his backhand and a deft use of the dropshot, and his only difficulty here will be fatigue. Given his recent title run you expect him to have something left for the second round, and given the appearance of fatigue followed by 3 straight sets against a solid defensive player like Kraj it may just be that that’s how he always looks. Koepfer in 4. Pouille Barrere : Pouille Gasquet seemed like a close one but Pouille owned the H2H 4-0 in recent affairs and extended that easily. Up next is the qualifier from his hometown. Tbh I’m sleepy and I don’t see a clear way for Pouille to lose this one, but since they’re French I don’t think it’ll be straight sets. Pouille in 4. Federer Clarke : Good win for Clarke. Federer in 3.
Halfway through the season anyone could use a break, and for those guys in the top of the rankings who’ve earned it, that break is the grasscourt season. Short volleys, a boost for everyone’s serving, appreciative crowds, and exhibition events that feature about the same effort level as the real tour events. With the awe-inspiring grind of the clay tour behind them, the tour’s finest will head to Wimbledon this week for a chance at making history. At this vaunted venue, even 1 match can be talked about for years and with the speed of the grass, upsets are never out of the question. Below are my thoughts about the 1st round of the men’s division. Djokovic Kohlschreiber : Kohl managed to nab a win against Novak earlier this season in Indian Wells on a slow hardcourt. A couple weeks later he managed to steal a set in Monte Carlo on clay. The progression from favorable conditions to difficult ones continues, and while Kohl is the definition of a professional on the tour, this is one way traffic. I had a chance to watch some of Novak’s exhibition matches this past week, and while the best takeaway was how capable Shapovalov and Garin are on the swift stuff, Novak looked not only engaged but happy to be in contested rallies. If you watch a lot of great champions they are actually at their most engaged and highest level when they are being pressed, and this is revealing of how difficult it is to play at peak level against inferior opponents. Kohl’s W against Novak will keep his attention on the match, and where he struggled a bit in his comeback Novak’s serving game is nearing top level again (he has really been hitting his spots nicely). Novak is my pre-tournament pick for the title here, and I don’t think he drops a set here. Novak in 3. Kudla Jaziri : Kudla has had a Mischa Zverev like start to 2019. He had to go through qualifying in some events and head to the challenger in Surbiton, but managed to string together some 7 wins through this grass season. Arguably his best surface, he has a great first round draw here in Jaziri, who has been struggling with injury and playing not only sparsely, but on clay at that. Two clay challengers and early exits have been on the menu, and rumblings of dealing with injuries lend to the idea that he probably is not at his peak for Wimbledon but of course cannot afford to pass up 1st rd points and pay in a major. With a big serve and a big forehand, Jaziri is a threat in any set of tennis, but these players are trending in opposite directions. Kudla in 4 at most. Gulbis Mayer : Although this matchup sits in the Novak section, this is a tidy little spot for someone to steal some very important ranking points with the winner likely facing Hurkacz where they won’t be favored but will certainly have a chance. Gulbis has had 3 subpar losses to start his grass season, and Mayer hasn’t fared much better. The time Mayer tends to need to produce his groundstrokes will hurt him on the grass, and injury rumblings before the French Open coupled with his lack of activity make me think this is a great chance for Gulbis to steal a match and remain relevant on tour. Gulbis in 5. Hurkacz Lajovic : Grass suits Hurkacz game nicely as he has a big serve and good reaction time on his groundstrokes. A fairly flat backhand moves nicely through the court and although he’s had middling results through the grass season, he’s shown more promise than Lajovic. One of the smaller players on tour with a less than dominant serve, Lajovic prospers primarily through precision and intelligence. That counts for something on grass but what will decide this match will be Hurkacz ability to hold serve with a great deal more ease. Hurkacz in 4. Auger-Alliassime Pospisil : “Anything is Pospisil,” my friend says for the 400th time. “haha” I type for the 400th time. I am nothing if not loyal. If you watch Vasek Pospisil you think, This is a professional tennis player. Big serve, excellent skill, appears to be in top shape, but the results end there. Grass and the US Open will be his best chance to pick up some points, but this is a terrible first round draw for him. Perhaps injuries have hampered his rise on the tour in the past, but he has shown an impatience on court that speaks to a slight confidence issue in hanging with the top players. While they’re from the same country and this comfort can produce a higher level of tennis from the underdog, FAA’s current form on grass is not to be underestimated. Those saying he has a chance at the title are more hopeful than valid, but he is a favorite against anyone outside the top 30 in any round at this event. An easily repeatable serve, a great reach, and pure athleticism combine to form one of the best coached players I have seen enter the tour in a long time. Injuries cost him his big major debut at the French Open, but I expect him to be prepared for the big stage here and clean up a struggling Pospisil. The best thing I’ve seen from FAA has been the winners he hits to the open court. There are a lot of guys employing the “guide it to the spot and kinda cringe inward and hope” strategy, but this kid hits the ball with length and angle right through the court. This may cause an error here or there but in time (and he has it) it will produce a player whose standard shots are simply more aggressive and repeatable than his opponents. This is a future #1 barring injury. Given Vasek’s main strength is a big serve, he could hold his way to some tiebreakers, but the writing is on the wall. FAA in 4 at most. Dimitrov Moutet : Dimitrov has yet to have a match this year that did not seem like it was primetime disaster popcorn status. Moutet is likely most known for his gutsy loss in the French to Londero, but he has turned heads this season on the challenger tour and while he’s not the most athletically blessed guy, he’s left handed and has a great deal of determination and confidence about going after his shots. Dimitrov has been know to play too passive and to lose his length, and this is a player who will steal a set if you let him. That loss of focus is an intangible, and so while Moutet will be waiting and hoping for it, Dimitrov SHOULD (big should) win this in 4 sets. With the winner facing FAA, I really am hoping that he does. Dimitrov in 4. Sonego Gralloers : I glanced at the oddsmakers lines for this and noted that it’s a pickem. Granollers has all but vanished from the main tour this season, and Sonego’s game and stock has been on a constant rise. The expectation of fatigue following his win in Turkey this weekend could play a factor, and Granollers is a get artist who will extend any match. Sonego has the better serve, better forehand, and his backhand slice has proven quite annoying on grasscourts, and I expect fatigue to not be as much of a factor for a young player. Sonego in 5. Umbert Monfils : Monfils has taken a nice vacation through the start of the grass season, and as stated in his contract, he must play at like one Frenchman in the first two rounds of a major. I haven’t heard injury rumors about him, and while his loss to Kudla is a little troubling I caught that match and he was mostly practicing and enjoying himself. There is a great deal to like about Ugo’s game. He’s a lefty, he has excellent control and poise, and a good enough service game to allow him to remain in the top 100 for a few years at least. Monfils is going to be able to counteract these positives here though, and while he hasn’t shown much determination through the first section of the grass season, for many guys at the peak or end of their career these are warmup events, and I expect Monfils A or B game is enough to get him through this match. Since they’re French and since it’s Monfils, you’re going to have to consider that a 4 or 5 set clash could ensue, so I would avoid betting on it, but Monfils should come through here with relative ease. Monfils in 4. Medvedev Lorenzi : Lorenzi is the most annoying player on tour who no one should lose to. People do though, and his fight and skill at 37 steal him enough victories each year to keep him just around the 100-150 level. Medvedev is a player capable of the kind of anger and frustration that net Lorenzi most of his wins, but Medvedev in rage mode features no alterations in play and possibly even better serving than usual. This is oneway traffic. Medvedev in 3 incredibly drawn out sets. Carreno Busta Popyrin : Oddsmakers have Popyrin as a favorite in this one and the reason is the consistency that PCB has shown to lose close matches since his return. He has been losing the first set in almost 75% of his matches since his return from injury and this is a crusher on a surface like grass where it is hard to manufacture breaks which are really where PCB has always made his money. I cannot count the number of times PCB was broken at the end of a set and broke right back. He showed some promise before losing to Sonego in Antalya but he just isn’t back to his peak yet. Popyrin is unproven on tour, and while he’s notched some wins here and there the best thing about his game is his game. Results aside, Popyrin is one of the best talents in terms of ceiling on an Australian roster that features nothing but young talent right now with Kyrgios/De MinauThompson/Bolt etc. This is a real test on a real stage for him as PCB does not give anything away and has a representative service game, and I’d be hard pressed to call a clear winner here. I do think that coming through qualifying will give Popyrin a decent amount of confidence, and that notion that “this guy may be vulnerable” is enough that if he’s able to nose ahead he could win this match. While PCB’s level hasn’t quite returned to 2017 2018 level, he is still the way more experienced player. I expect this to go 5 sets, with the winner being a coinflip. Popyrin in 5. Chardy Klizan : Chardy has played some grass since the French and Klizan has not, seemingly, played at all. In a bo5 match Klizan may find his game and begin to pressure Chardy, but Chardy’s offense is such that he will likely already have a 1 or 2 set lead before this happens. I don’t see either guy getting blanked, and Chardy simply will be the more prepared player. Chardy in 4-5. Klahn Goffin : Goffin is back, my friend announced recently. A former high level tennis player and a current pro announcer, his words were just what I’ve been waiting to hear. After an eye injury which seemingly reduced all aspects of his game for months, Goffin finally began to show good form in Hertogenbosh and Halle. Wins over Berretini, Zverev, and Hughes Herbert are the most notable for me, as these players all present defensive challenges that the old Goffin was apt to solve, and the recent Goffin has been apt to get rolled by. A fairly simple first round opponent in Klahn will not present much opposition, and while Goffin can make anything into a match, I believe he would have to throw this one to avoid finding himself in the second round. Goffin in 3. Edmund Munar : Edmund began to show some excellent quality this week in his match against Evans. After not much of a season, and a first set where Evans showcased his entire variety in exchange for multiple breaks and multiple rounds of applause, Edmund again found a way to apply his forehand in a manner that breaks down his opponents mental game and turns them into defensive grinders. While he wasn’t able to find the cracks in Taylor Fritz game, playing on home soil against a clay court specialist should find him in the driver’s seat. Munar has actually shown more early in the grass season than I expected, holding serve enough to get to a tiebreaker against Fucsovics and Coric. That doesn’t offer much hope in terms of beating an in-form Edmund with the crowd at his back, however, and he will likely bow out and head to the hardcourt swing. Edmund in 3. Majchrzak Verdasco : Verdasco had the good fortune to be part of Sam Querrey’s return from an ab injury, but still nabbed a set. This is notable for me because had he not shown a spark of competition, it would be easy to write him off here. Some may remember Majchrzak from his marathon match with Kei Nishikori at the AO 2019, where had he not succumbed to cramps he would have likely pulled the upset and already been on the main tour. Life is a struggle however, and while Majchrzak has spent the last few months on the challenger tour, he has been racking up wins and will be ready for this stage. A big serve and crisp groundstrokes make him best suited I believe for a fast hardcourt, but the grass could easily be his coming out party. He came through qualifying and while I’m sure Verdasco won’t be taking this lightly, he will have a hard time shutting the kid out. In a match that will largely be decided by whose offense makes more errors, we may see the first upset of the 1st round here. Verdasco is a guy who requires favorable conditions to compete, and on an outside court against a “random” I don’t think he will do much besides complain if Majchrzak begins to roll. Majchrzak in 4. Arnaboldi Karlovic : I’ll be honest, I don’t know Arnold Arnaboldi. I don’t know if his first name is Arnold either, but it would be cute if it was, so it is. Having come through qualifying, I can guarantee he is a quality player with a fairly good ability to hold serve, and that’s enough to mean this match will feature tiebreakers. Who will win those tiebreakers? I have no flipping idea. Karlovic matches are the hardest to predict as until he throws in a bad service game he looks unbeatable, and once he’s in a volley it almost appears that he cannot play tennis at all. The grass suits his slices and volleys, and he would appear to be fresh after skipping the clay season and the grass. Karlovic in 4 or 5. Fabbiano Tsitsipas : After a good week and a nice warmup match with Querrey, Fabbiano has drawn a terrible first round opponent. While he is coming off a loss to FAA, Tsitsipas is one of the best and most well-rounded players on tour right now and has the edge in their past matchups. Fabbiano is a threat for an upset and has pushed some guys in the past, but he’s been a bit unlucky here with the draw and this should be a bit more than he can handle. Tsitsipas in 4. Anderson Herbert : Is Anderson back? Oddsmakers do not believe so, but also believe so. Anderson sits at -220 on Bovada and in what has been one of his best events in the past, this is a bit low. Herbert is one of the most skilled players on tour and is excellent at net, but his lack of power has at times kept him in matches he should have been able to win in quick fashion. Anderson looked unimpressive in his first match back from injury, and the jury is out on whether he is fully recovered, with a loss to Simon not really lending itself to believing that a deep run at Wimbledon is on the way. For gambling porpoises I would avoid this one, but as a spectator it is another intriguing story at an excellent event. Herbert has been on the edge of some big wins it has seemed at times, and a rusty Anderson may just be his chance to get one. Somebody in 5. Tipsarevic Nishioka : What a wonderful draw where Thiem plays Querrey and these two get to ball out in the first round. Tipsarevic has made some traction in his return from injury, and Nishioka has made more. While Tipsarevic is a great player with good control and a ceiling higher than Nishioka, that ceiling is well behind him and Nishioka is a difficult player to put away. I expect shockingly long rallies for grasscourt tennis in this one, and I suspect Nishioka will come out ahead in way more of them than Tipsarevic. Nishioka in 4. Seppi Jarry : A matchup of opposites. Seppi’s best surface. Jarry’s worst. Seppi’s controlled swing is short and allows him to adjust well in the grass. Jarry’s huge swing leads to all kinds of errors on his groundstrokes. Seppi’s strength is poise and consistency. Jarry wins 1 tournament a year and looks like a top 20 player then double faults his way to first round losses for 3 months. Seppi is towards the end of a bright career and his game is beginning to falter. Jarry is at the beginning of his and at probably his best. After a hard to watch loss to Simon a week ago it would be easy to write Jarry off here, but Seppi lacks the big weapons to put this one away in short order. This is another coinflip and given Jarry’s recent struggles I would not be surprised if Seppi wins. Seppi in 5. Copil Pella : Marius Copil is a player much like Chardy who is simply a joy to watch. He has a huge serve, a great deal of variety, and a beautiful onehanded backhand. Pella is a player without much flair but with way better results. Primarily a claycourt threat, Pella has defied the odds and grinded through a great deal of hardcourt upsets in the past few seasons. This is a match where Copil should be seen as having the edge with court conditions, but the consistency of Pella will likely make the difference if he is able to make it a physical battle. Hard to say on a grass court if he’ll be able to, and Copil has been able to pull upsets in the past when he is serving well. Pella in 5. Wawrinka Bemelmans : Scary. Bemelmans has just been a non-factor on the tour after being a consistent 1st 2nd round appearer for 2-3 solid years. Now he’s found his way nicely through qualifying, and plays a resurgent Stan. A bad matchup for Ruben, but a nice welcome back to the tour. Stan did lose to Mahut last week, but Mahut’s game was built for grass and going deep the week before a major has never been something the top guys have done. This should be one way traffic for Stan although given Bemelmans qualifying form, he may be able to steal an early set. Wawrinka in 4. Stebe Opelka : Stebe’s comeback trail hasn’t really offered him many winnable matches. This could be one. Opelka is so inconsistent a veteran like Stebe might be able to hang around long enough to benefit from the errors, but on grass that becomes even less likely. Opelka has probably the best serve on tour when it lands in, and probably the worst service percentages for anyone above 6’5” on tour. When his serve lands in however, it is not coming back. Stebe is not a particularly gifted returner, and his only real chance here lies in Opelka’s poor returning. While it sounds like I’m painting a picture for Stebe to win, I’m mostly cringing at the thought of the match being on Opelka’s raquet. This is a match that will either be oneway traffic for Opelka, or will be lost by him rather than won by Stebe. Opelka in 4 but I wouldn’t put a single penny on it. Kovalik Haase : Kovalik’s protected ranking has appeared with a very lucky draw. Haase has struggled of late and seems at the twilight of his career. There are not many first round matchups that Kovalik has a chance in, and the same can be said for Haase. Haase is going to have the bigger weapons here, and the rust has shown for Kovalik in the past few events. Haase in 4 or 5. Gunneswaran Raonic : It’s hard not to like Prajnesh’ freeswinging left hand. He has a very smooth service motion and a good attitude on court. Raonic is on his best surface however, and while injuries have really made his 2019 a complete bust, this is a warmup match. Watching Raonic serve in the early rounds at Wimbledon makes you wonder how he hasn’t won the event before and watching Federer inevitably return almost every one of his serves at 36 makes you wonder what the other guys are doing. We’ll miss out on that matchup this year, but it’ll be someone other than Gunneswaran who makes returns. Raonic in 3. Khachanov Kwon : I don’t know a ton about Kwon but Khachanov has been hit or miss all season. What I have noticed, however, is that he tends to step up for the big events. Given his ranking, and his relatively stable place on tour, this may be a conscious choice. Wins over Struff, Kecmanovic, and losses to Berretini do represent a significantly harder schedule however, than Kwon’s impressive (most sets won by 2 or more breaks) path through the qualfying. That kind of talent and his alltime high ranking of 123 mean he does have a chance to nab a set (Karen has a habit of losing a set in every match in majors) but he won’t be able to win this one outright. Khachanov in 4. Giron Lopez : Lopez is easy to hate while you watch him lose and easy to love while you watch him win. The guy is skillful and creative. Grass is his best surface at this stage of his career by far and he has picked up a titles in both of the past two years. He opens his Wimbledon with a match against Giron who first turned heads in the Australian Open by upsetting Chardy and De Minaur at Indian Wells before eventually falling in the third set to Raonic. An athletic player with a good forehand and a quick serve, he’s a bit one dimensional and this may give a significant edge to Lopez. Breaks are hard to come by on grass and Lopez is one of the most proficient servers on the ol Earth hair. Giron’s game (I haven’t watched the qualifiers I’ll admit) is mostly about power and when he was rushed at IW he did make some careless errors. I think given his form in the qualifiers he will definitely win a set, but Lopez should have the edge if the match gets close with his variety and experience. Lopez in 4-5. Darcis Zverev : Man if they aren’t trying to keep Mischa on tour. How the actual fluff did he manage to draw Darcis here. The problem is actually that Darcis has the kind of wicked slices and variety that are a nightmare to compete against on grass, but the fortunate thing is that he is getting towards the end of his career. This will come down to whether Mischa is able to get profitably to net, and honestly I am not optimistic. Whoever wins is going to get tuned up by RBA. I was a big fan of Darcis in his Fed Cup heroics, and I think he is probably in better form than Zverev here. Darcis in 5. Gojowczyk Bautista Agut : This guy RBA is the NBA 6th man winner on the ATP. While not regarded as one of the top 10 guys, he is the same amount of difficult to beat every time he steps on court, and when those top 10 guys play him he pushes them as much as anyone else. On the opposite side of the net we have Gojowczyk, who swings like his name and hits clean flat winners from anywhere. Unfortunately, he doesn’t hit as many of them as he misses so far this season, and RBA specializes in punishing this. This match will play about the same as it would on clay, with RBA targetings Gojo’s backhand and hitting as many kick serve to take him out wide and off balance as he can. RBA in 3. Paire Londero : Londero is adding nicely to his maiden win by notching wins and battling all the way into the grass season. Paire has been the best he ever has, and appears motivated coming into a tournament with a big emphasis on serving and volleying he is one of the shortlist of most talented players at the tactic. This is the classic Paire matchup, a guy who will fight for every point and expose Paire’s impatience, but who doesn’t have the big serving to keep Paire from dictating most of the rallies. If they both show up with frosted tips expect at least one awkward article from Tennis Channel about it, and this is similar to the Verdasco Majchrzak match in that I do think Londero has a chance if he’s able to get an early lead. I don’t expect Paire’s intensity will be able to win this in straight sets, and I’ll be taking the over here. Paire in 5. Carballes Baena Kecmanovic : RCB has actually notched some good grasscourt wins to start the season which is an unexpected bonus for a guy who makes most of his dollars on clay. Kecmanovic had a GREAT showing this week in Antalya and for one of the first times on tour will be facing a guy with less offense than him. I’m not sure of the fatigue factor, but given Kecmanovic’s dedication on the challenger tour I imagine his conditioning will get him through at least one or two more matches. Kecmanovic in 4. Cuevas Dzumhur : Dzumhur finally got a nice win last week over Ebden, and has another chance here against a guy who isn’t famously the most motivated on grass. Cuevas didn’t look great against Jarry, and while I’d like to write him off here, Dzumhur lacks the big serve that Jarry possesses. Dzumhur in 4 tight sets, but I would not be surprised if Cuevas pushes this one to 5, and given Dzumhur’s erratic past, this one isn’t worth predicting. Vesely Zverev : I love it. If Zverev shows up playing passive, he loses this one in straights. Vesely’s best upsets have come on grass, and he has come through qualifying easily. A big lefty with huge groundstrokes and a powerful serve is the perfect match to get a look at whether Zverev is going to be a threat in this section of the draw or not. I’ll be honest, I don’t suspect he will. Vesely in 4. Thiem Querrey : Woof. Querrey announced this week that his abdominal issues are behind him, and played some of his best tennis. While a loss to Fritz is not the best, he has struggled with him in the past so it isn’t completely unexpected. Thiem is coming off a brilliant run in the French Open and while he was unfortunate with the weather and scheduling, there’s no shame in losing to Nadal. Grass hasn’t been his favorite surface, but he hasn’t really struggled on it either. A big serve, huge power, and a good base of skill and variety make Thiem a threat to any player at any time on any surface. Querrey is just the opponent, however, to pressure Thiem for time and to take the raquet out of his hand on the serve. With both guys playing at a good level, this one should feature quick sets, several tiebreakers, and a section of the draw that actually looks like it will get easier each round until at least the 4th with Garin/Rublev waiting and the other section featuring dellien/milman/andreozzi/djere. Whoever loses will be disappointed here as this is just the worst 1st round for both. Querrey in 5. Garin Rublev : Garin looked real efficient and his movement was excellent in his exhibition match against Novak. He’s had a way better 2019 than Rublev who has struggled with injury. Where Rublev has bigger groundstrokes and can get in a great rhythm, he has suffered behind his second serve (double faults at the worst times), and his temper is simply a liability that I think he’s the only one who can’t see. Garin is composed, the better athlete, and in better form. Garin in 4. Dellien Milman : Oddsmakers have Milman sitting at about -1200. Dellien has been playing clay challengers so this is understandable, but Milman is not the worldbeater that warrants that kind of line. Dellien is a grinder, and Milman is the same. I don’t know if Dellien’s timing will be solid here, and I actually would have liked him to get in some grass practice before the event rather than kind of sticking to his bread and butter. Milman in 3, but if Dellien gets going he could make this a very long 3. Andreozzi Djere : Neither player has shown much in the way of victories thus far in the grass season. In their previous matchup Djere was able to best him on the slow hardcourts at Indian Wells. Djere is trending upward but grass isn’t exactly his best surface, so this won’t be oneway traffic. Andreozzi hasn’t exactly shown anything that shows he’ll pull the upset so. Tentatively, Djere in 4. Simon Caruso : Ooooh. Caruso showcased a big forehand and a solid serve at the French, and used the same to good effect to come quickly through qualifying at Wimbledon. Simon managed to wake up after a mundane early season, and looked to be finding his form on the grass. This is one of my popcorn matches for the first round, with Simon being a real slick opponent on the grass but not really having a way to just hit Caruso off the court. On the opposite end, Caruso will need to hit big shots to get through Simon’s defense and will have the chance to. Somebody in 5. Uchiyama Sandgren : Sandgren has really been hit or miss thus far on the tour. He briefly was very fit and looked to be stepping it up but the results didn’t follow. He notched two mid-level wins in Eastbourne, and while Ichiyama might be looked at as having a better level currently after coming through qualifying, 5 sets with Kubler isn’t really tour level stuff. Sandgren owns the h2h matchup 3-0 in this one, and I do think it’s a bit of a coinflip, but this has to be a mental battle for Uchiyama. I really don’t know who I expect to win this one. Fucsovics Novak : Tough draws are Marton Fucsovics reward on tour for about two years now. This one is no different. Countryman Dennis Novak seems to only show up for majors, and with his power and crisp serving he is a danger to anyone in the first round. This one can’t go anything but the distance with Novak’s form a great threat but Fucsovics defense and fitness being just a job and a half to hit through. Whoever wins here I expect to beat the winner of Tiafoe and Fognini so i’m excited to find out and hopeful it’s Fuscovics as he’s primed for some major results with his game. Fucsovics in 4-5. Tiafoe Fognini : Two guys who are sure they’re better than they are. Fognini hasn’t played since Rolan Garros and there’s a part of me that thinks he won’t be making much noise at this event. Tiafoe has been having a disappointing month but has at least been active despite his losses. Whoever wins will earn a war with Fuscovics or Novak and this pleases me. Tiafoe likely has the better chance and the higher level of motivation here. Tiafoe in 4. Cilic Mannarino : Mannarino is so very capable on grass. His forehand dips so nicely and his serving game is light years better with the aid of the swift stuff. Cilic’s reach should give him the edge here, neutralizing this. Mannarino is working with smaller weapons and it will show here. Despite some disappointing results, Cilic is still a threat and a fairly consistent performer at most majors. Cilic in 4-5 unless his backhand is unable to find the court on returns. Sousa Jubb : A great draw for Jubb who is making his debut at a major. A great draw for Sousa who isn’t at his best on grass but has been fighting and earning some good wins the past few weeks. Who wins? Probably not Jubb. Inexperience and Sousa’s ability to make matches a physical test are going to rob him of this opportunity, but qualifying as a teenager is simply an amazing accomplishment and given Sousa’s relatively weak backhand, there is a chance Jubb could steal a set. Sousa in 4. Delbonis Evans : Evans is having the best grasscourt season of anyone. He has gotten in a ton of matches, has had some wars and his skill level is the best it ever has been. A lot of people have been tagging him as a dangerous floater for anyone in the draw, and this is where my opinion deviates. While he’s an excellent skilled player, Evans works with smaller weapons, and has to maintain top level in every match he plays. I don’t believe he’d be favored against most of the top 50, but I was hoping he’d get some winnable matches as his variety is very relaxing to watch. Enter Delbonis. One of the biggest swings on tour and one of the most consistently well performing guys on clay, grass is something he plays but without much success. This is the perfect matchup for Evans, and with Ward/Basilashvili waiting there is a chance Evans can make a third round and get himself some valuable points he will need heading into a very difficult hardcourt season. Evans in 3. Ward Basilashvili : Basilashvili hits one of the hardest balls on tour, and has to be favored in this match. Ward, however has some nice wins over Kudla/Karlovic/Stakhovsky this season which show he at least will be competitive in this match. Although Basilashvili lost to Fucsovics and Berretini, he represents a step up in level for Ward and it may be the end of the road here for the hometown favorite. Basilashvili in 4. Shapovalov Berankis : Shap looked good in his exhibition against Novak and this is an ideal first round opponent for him. Berankis will be hard pressed to earn break points against Shap’s offense and Berankis profits mostly from his power and Shap’s defense will be able to negate that. Shapovalov in 4. Tomic Tsonga : A lot of people were upset with his loss to PCB but Tomic has been trying at tennis and that, my friends, is a miracle. I expect him to try here too and to make this loss respectable. On the other side of the net Tsonga has a bigger serve, better fitness, and the lowest percentage running one handed forehand pass in the game. Tsonga Shap 2nd round should be entertaining. Tsonga in 3 or 4. Kyrgios Thompson : The mental battle of the year for Kyrgios. Thompson will work hard and make Kyrgios do the same if he wants to win. Will Kyrgios engage and fight and “stoop” to Thompson’s level to get the work done? I haven’t seen anything to indicate that he is capable of that level of fight. I think if Thompson can stay tight in his service games, Kyrgios will get impatient and make an early exit. Kyrgios’ body with someone else’s brain could win Wimbledon, but all his antics and all his injury faking and all his talking to the crowd are just the actions of someone who is scared to try. Scared to find out how good he really is. Scared to care. Less tools, but all Thompson does is care and try. Thompson in 4 depressing sets. Sugita Nadal : Shame Sugita did not draw someone else as he is a pretty solid grasscourt player. Nadal has bitched and moaned about the seeding and kinda ruined any chance of me cheering for him here, but this should be over in straight sets. Nadal in 3. Nishikori Monteiro : Good warmup match for Kei and while Monteiro is a dangerous lefty, Nishikori’s backhand neutralizes the crosscourt forehand. This won’t be as simple as Kei in straights for the simple reason that his serve is semi-useless so far this season, but he should be able to get the win because Monteiro just isn’t the offensive terror that can hit Kei off the court. Kei in 3-4. Istomin Norrie : For a big serve, Istomin’s grass season has been fairly disappointing. Expect that to continue here with the hometown favorite Norrie playing his scrappy game to good effect. A loss to Rosol and Jubb don’t inspire hope in Istomin having the serving together to beat a player on the rise like Norrie. Norrie in 3-4. Johnson Ramos-Vinols : Johnson has a good chance to get some ranking points here. ARV isn’t much on the grass and hasn’t been that strong at all in 2019. A good serving performance has bolstered Johnson’s confidence in his last few outings and he should roll here. If the writeups seem like they’re getting shorter it’s because omg there are a lot of matches in this tournament. Johnson in 3. Cecchinato De Minaur : De Minaur season is fast approaching as we get this silly dirt and grass behind us, and while this one on paper should be a lock for De Minaur, he had a disappointing loss to Bedene who is a great grasscourt player but a guy you should be putting away if you want to be considered a “lock.” Still, Cecchinato’s best result on the grass swing has been only coughing up one break per set against Hurkacz, and this will be one way traffic as ADM is unlikely to give up the momentum once he gets it. De Minaur in 4 but probably 3. Struff Albot : Everybody’s adorable favorite Albot cannot seem to avoid Struff these days. On hardcourt, this is a closer test. On grass, the edge in power and serve favors Struff too much for Albot to do much more than take a set. Struff in 4. Fritz Berdych : Another great popcorn match. With Berdych having taken much of the past few months off, it’s hard to guess what to expect here. Oddsmakers notched Fritz at -170, and this is a nod to his only real result of the year, which is his title in Eastbourne. Honestly, I would expect his run to continue, but if Berdych is healthy, this will be an epic contest. Fritz in 4 or Berdych in 5. Andujar Kukushkin : Kukushkin will have too much variety and experience here for Andujar to have a shot at winning this. A claycourt specialist, dont expect much in the way of results from Andujar for the rest of the year. Kukushkin in 3. Ruud Isner : Isner published one of the most awkward comments of the year this week stating that if he lost in the first round he would go home a net loser. Travelling with his family, a team of coaches, a doctor, and being able to shell out for a house within walking distance of Wimbledon is a beautiful thing and something to be thankful for, not a burden to be pointed out in the media. Playing professional tennis is a blessing, not something to be negotiated at the ol dollar table. Besides, Isner is not going to lose first round. Ruud should make it to a few tiebreakers, but Isner’s serve at Wimbledon is something that will carry him through most matches and the first round is something (barring a secret injury) that he should not experience any fatigue for. Isner in 4. Berretini Bedene : One of the bright points of this season has been Matteo (win every single close match) Berretini. Simply put, the kid does not blink. With Baghdatis likely waiting in the second round I do expect Berretini to make a nice run here, and it will start with a good grasscourter in Bedene but a guy who traditionally does not beat the top 20-30 guys. Berretini in 3. Schnur Baghdatis : In what may be his last Wimbledon, Baghdatis has been lucky enough to draw lucky loser Brayden Schnur. I predicted Marcos would be finding his way off the tour a season ago, but he surprised me with his ability to win matches and his exceptionally solid backhand. A quick warmup with FAA last week, and Marcos looks to make at least the second round here against Schnur who has shown promise on the hardcourt but no real results to suggest he will win this one. Baghdatis in 4. Koepfer Krajinovic : Oddsmakers have this as a pickem and these are two very different men entering this contest. Koepfer plays mostly on the challenger level, but is coming off a grasscourt title in his last outing. Krajinovic hangs with some of the top guys on tour, but hasn’t played since the French Open. I admit I’m not very familiar with Koepfer’s game but it looks like he is the favorite here. Perhaps Kraj is injured or perhaps Koepfer is that good. I am excited for the latter and will be watching this one for sure. No pick. Ebden Schwartzman : Diego isn’t much on grass. Ebden is just having a terrible season. Grass is traditionally Ebden’s best surface but he hasn’t done much this year, and there’s no reason to think that it will start now. Diego in 3-4. Pouille Gasquet : As per contract all French players must play each other in every event, or maybe there are just so many of them that this happens? I don’t like this matchup. Gasquet is excellent on grass and while he’s at the middle/tailend of his career, I would love to see him playing towards the end of the first week. Pouille is a great talent and I love his aggression on the court. This is a tough match to call and when I peek and see J Clarke playing Noah Rubin and Bublik playing Barrerre below them, I kinda cringe. Pouille likely has the edge in form and Gasquet the edge on this surface, but it will be hard for either of these guys to put the other away quickly. Somebody french in 5 (probably Pouille). Bublik Barrere : I’m still waiting for Bubliks talent to match his mental game but it’s starting to materialize. Barrere is a solid talent and has qualified at a few majors already. Bublik leads the h2h with the one win coming by narrow margin (7-6, 7-5) in 2019 but also has been playing better comp so far on the grass. A 5 set win over Liam Broady will give Barrere confidence but may indicate that his level is not quite what it is on clay. Bublik in 5ish. Clarke Rubin : idc Harris Federer : Federer in 3.
Murray v Raonic Odds as betting.betfair.com previews the big matches on Saturday 19 November from the ATP World Tour Finals and give us their best tennis tips The way Stan Wawrinka sees it, the French Open title is his to lose. If someone wants it, they'll have to take it from him. Wawrinka's grip on the title has become a little tighter in the past few days because of his victory over Viktor Troicki and Albert Ramos-Vinolas’s surprising surge to the quarterfinals. They add up to make the Swiss’ prospects to defend the title seem a little better. Raonic, on the other hand, has Gunneswaran, Haase, Wawrinka as his first three matches. Getting through the first two or three matches sweat free is a must when considering any longshot options. Opelka will be a sizable betting underdog again Friday morning U.S. time when he faces Canada's Milos Raonic, the No. 15 seed and a 2016 Wimbledon finalist – he lost that to Andy Murray. Raonic beat Robin Haase in straight sets to reach the third round of Wimbledon for a sixth straight year. Tournaments Players Rankings Head 2 Head Matches Venues Trends. English. TennisStats247 > Matches > Stan Wawrinka 1 - 3 Milos Raonic. Stan Wawrinka - Milos Raonic match results and statistics. Stan Wawrinka: 1 - 3: Milos Raonic: Australian Open - Australia : 17/01/2019 01:50: Results. Status: Player: Game: Set 1: Set 2: Set 3: Set 4: Set 5
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