Published on July 10th, 2017 | by Ian John
As We Enter The Second Week Of Wimbledon How Do Things Stand?
Just to remind you, we backed Roger Federer as the men’s champion, with Rafael Nadal as our each way option, while in the women’s event we took Angelique Kerber as the winner with Britain’s Jo Konta as the outside bet.
With the first week of Wimbledon completed (and with very few rain delays, the tournament is bang on schedule at present), it is now the second week of action and this is where things get interesting with both singles tournaments at the Fourth Round stage, meaning that there are just 16 players left in each tournament with a chance of winning it.
Let’s take a closer look at how each is panning out.
Wimbledon Men’s Singles
I don’t wish to tempt fate, but our tip for the title, Roger Federer, has moved into the fourth round with consummate ease. The 35 year old Swiss legend has shown glimpses of his brilliance only fleetingly in his first three victories, but they have all brought about straightforward victories, the last against the German Zverev, who was tipped as one of the outsiders to win the event.
Federer faces a Fourth round match up with Georgi Dimitrov, who is yet to drop a set but the Bulgarian has never beaten Federer in five meetings and with Milos Raonic a likely quarter final opponent, the Swiss legend should fancy his chances of making the semi finals.
Equally, our each way bet Rafael Nadal has been in outstanding form and while perhaps not quite at home on grass as he is on clay, the Spaniard has moved into the second week without any problems whatsoever. He faces a test against grass court specialist Giles Muller in the fourth round however and beyond that big serving Maran Cilic lies in wait.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are also both in the tournament still. The current champion has had his struggles at times getting through the opening two rounds, especially against Fognini in his last match, but he has managed to weather his drops in performance to make it through. Benoit Paire in the Round of 16 and a big server in either Sam Querrey or Kevin Anderson in the quarter finals should not deter Murray too much and the Brit should now reach the semi finals.
The same can be said for Djokovic who will face unseeded Frenchman Antonio Mannarino in the Round of 16, before a quarter final with either Thomas Berdych or Dominic Thiem beckons. Djokovic started to show something like his true form in his last match against Gulbis in the third round and if he is back to his best then he cannot be discounted.
As we said in our preview, it is so hard to look beyond this ‘big four’ in the men’s event as they have dominated the Grand Slam tournaments over the years and there looks little likelihood of anybody coming through to cause a huge upset here. Federer’s first massive test will likely come in the semi final when he is scheduled to face Djokovic and the winner of that may well go on to lift the title.
Wimbledon Women’s Singles
In our preview of Wimbledon we did mention that this could be the most open Wimbledon championships for ladies for many years and certainly things are going that way. Several seeds have already tumbled, including the two favourites for the title Pliskova and Kvitova, and this has opened up what was already a very open women’s event for the taking.
My tip Angelique Kerber remains in the event but the German World Number 1 has hardly been in inspiring form, she’s struggled through her first three games last week to just about make it through into the fourth round and she now faces the tough task of Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard is in much the better form after three very straightforward wins thus far and it is no surprise that Bet365 have her as the favourite to win this one.
Kerber needs to find a new level of performance in this second week if she is to stand any chance of taking the title we tipped her for as not only is Muguruza a real threat, but she could face Radwanska or Kuznetsova in the quarter finals and both are excellent grass court players.
Our each way bet Jo Konta is also in with a good chance. She came through a real epic in the second round against Vekic before a straightforward win in the third round saw her into a Round of 16 clash with Garcia. A win here and either Azarenka or Halep, neither of whom are grass court specialists, would await in the quarter finals.
The British ace will have to beat some top quality players to make it into the final, but given her form on grass and her confidence at the moment, she certainly stands as good a chance as anybody in that bottom half of the draw of making it through.
Other players of note to watch in the second week of Wimbledon include Venus Williams who has put a personal tragedy behind her well to move into the Fourth Round, while French Open champion Ostapenko faces a tough task against Svitolina in arguably the pick of the Fourth Round matches.
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