While Americans take a well-earned day off for Independence Day on July 4th, the action will continue unabated across the pond at Wimbledon. Thursday will see then end of the second-round games in the men’s tournament, with the players on the bottom half of the draw looking to win and advance.
The top half of the draw has already had their second-round games decided, with the next set of games for those gents set to go on Friday the 5th. We are starting to get down to the more serious, more competitive games now, so let’s look ahead to some of the better-looking match-ups already set for Round 3 at Wimbledon while making some tennis betting predictions.
2019 Wimbledon Betting Odds, Preview & Picks for Round 3
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Hubert HurkaczDjokovic comes into the third round of the competition having barely broken a sweat, winning his opening two games at Wimbledon in straight sets. He has always looked good when playing on grass and this start to the tournament suggests that he might be prepared to make a very deep run and perhaps even win it all.
His opponent in Round 3 will be unseeded Hubert Hurkacz, and up and coming young Polish player who has got to this stage by winning a pair of games in 4 sets. He is one to keep an eye for the future, but I believe his Wimbledon run comes to an end here.
Daniil Medvedev (11) vs. David Goffin (21)This may well be the best game on tap for the third round, as we see a pair of seeded players go head to head in what should be an entertaining game. Medvedev won his opening game of the tournament in straight sets, but he was made to work a little harder in Round 2, beating Popyrin in 4 sets, albeit while never looking in any serious danger.
Goffin, on the other hand, has had a smooth passage through to this round, winning both of his games in straight sets. These two have only ever met once before, with Medvedev getting the win. Same result here, I believe.
Kevin Anderson (4) vs. Guido Pella (26)It’s always fun when you get to see two players going head to head for the first time in their careers. That is what we are getting with this one. Anderson is very much favored to go deep in this tournament and started strong by winning in straight sets in the opening round.
He needed 4 sets to get past Tipsarevic in Round 2, but it was still a rather comfortable victory. It has not been such a smooth run for the Argentine player, with Pella needing 4 and 5 sets, respectively to get through to this stage. I think his run will come to an end against the #4 seed.
Reilly Opelka vs. Milos Raonic (15)This Round 3 game will also see two players going head to head for the very first time. Opelka already has a seeded scalp under his belt and will be looking to make it 2 in a row here.
Opelka had a comfortable win in straight sets in the opening round before winning a 5-set thriller against #22 Stan Wawrinka in Round 2. It has been a good deal easier for Raonic, who has yet to drop a set through the opening two rounds. While this will be tougher for the Canadian, I still like Raonic to move on.