Wimbledon 2017 Men’s First Round Favorites (Monday, July 3rd)

Posted by Eric Williams on Monday,July 3, 2017 1:45, EST in

World No.5 Roger Federer may be the prohibitive odds on favorite to win the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, but before we get to the second week of action, you should know that there are numerous matches offering a ton of value, starting with the trio of first round tennis picks I have for you right here.

It’s three up and three down thanks to the trio of first round picks that you’re about to get right now. Let’s get started.

Analyzing The Wimbledon 2017 Men’s First Round Favorites (Monday, July 3rd)

 

 

Juan Martin Del Potro -360
Thanasi Kokkinakis +220

Analysis: With just six matches under his belt this year (2-4) talented 21-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis just won’t have the match play he needs in order to beat ‘Mr. 1–=mile-per-hour’ forehand Juan Martin Del Potro. Del Po is a modest 13-7 on the year, but he’s the pick to win and advance based on his nearly incomparable firepower off the ground.

Pick: Juan Martin Del Potro in 4 Sets

Richard Gasquet -600
David Ferrer +450

Analysis: The Pit bull, David Ferrer is 9-3 in a dozen career matches against the once, baby Federer, but he’s also lost two of the last three meetings against the Frenchman, though he did win in straight sets the last time they met in Rome in 2015. Ferrer also won their only career meeting on grass way back in 2004, but I’m feeling an upset this time around, even though Gasquet is favored. Gasquet gets the win in a thrilling five-setter.

Pick: Richard Gasquet in 5 Sets

Borna Coric -165
Ryan Harrison +140

Analysis: the 20-year-old Coric and 25-year-old Harrison have never met, but I like the favorite in this matchup seeing as how Coric has gone 14-15 on the year and Harrison 10-13.  Both players have one title on the year, but it is Borna Coric that has the far bigger upside not only in this match, but moving forward in both of their respective careers. I say back the young Croatian to win in four sets.

Pick: Borna Coric in 4 Sets
Mikhail Youzhny +160

Nicolas Mahut -190

Analysis: Frenchman Nicolas Mahut is the favorite and for good reasons seeing as how he’s the only one in this match to have played in the longest tennis match of all-time, which, by the way happened at Wimbledon a few years back.

Nevertheless, I’m going with Mikhail Youzhny to get the win, simply because anytime a tennis player can bust his own head wide open with his own racket in order to refocus – and then go on to get the win – is m kind of player.

Besides, Youzhny is 3-0 in three career meetings against Mahut with two of those victories coming in straight sets.

Pick: Mikhail Youzhny in 5 Sets