The 3rd round of the Wimbledon Championships wraps up on Saturday with Britain's No.1 Andy Murray hoping to fly the flag high into the R16. Here's a look at their matchups, complete with tennis picks.
The Czech continues his strong form on the season with a solid start to his Wimbledon campaign. In his opener, he came up against Jeremy Chardy, who gave him a serious run for his money. Berdych, however, managed to stave off the Frenchman in four sets. In the second round, Berdych had a more straightforward win over Nicolas Mahut, 6-1, 6-, 6-4.
Pablo Andujar falls into a nice section of the draw and capitalises by advancing into the third round. Twice he's beaten the odds, but this time it's hard to imagine he would do so again. The tennis odds are heavily stacked against him as the +1400 underdog at Bovada. He got his campaign off the ground with a five-set win over compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, a win that marked an upset in terms of ranking and seeding. In the second round, he eked out another five-set win over Czech Lukas Rosol.
Lifetime, Berdych owns the slim 2-1 head-to-head edge over Andujar. Tipping the match firmly in his corner is surface edge as well as form this season. Andujar has nothing to lose and everything to gain, which could make him a more dangerous opponent than one might consider. That said this is really a match the big-serving Czech should take comfortably.
Tennis Picks: Berdych to win in straight sets at -350
Andreas Seppi -1400 vs. Andy Murray -3300
Andy Murray, home favorite and odds makers' second favorite in tournament winner markets, looks to underscore his favorable -3300 tennis odds with a convincing win over Andreas Seppi in the third round on Centre Court on Saturday. Murray takes a 6-1 head-to-head record over Seppi into their third round clash, a run of form that includes a six-match winning streak. Indeed, the only win the Italian has over Murray is a 2006 win at Nottingham. Since their first-ever meeting, Murray has turned the tables and dominated Seppi.
By all accounts, Murray is expected to come through as the runaway favorite. He might not have it as easy as the tennis odds would suggest. Seppi is enjoying a good season by his standards. Earlier in the season, he accounted for one of the biggest upsets at the Australian Open when he defeated Roger Federer, a win that marked his first-ever win over the Swiss maestro in ten meetings. In the lead up to Wimbledon, he emerged as the runner-up to Roger Federer at Halle. En route to the final, he beat some tough competition, including veteran Tommy Haas (a former Wimbledon semi-finalist), Gael Monfils and Kei Nishikori, to name a few.
Nobody is giving Seppi a chance here, mainly because minds have been made up long ago. Djokovic and Murray are the form players this season and it stands to reason that one or the other is the most likely champion. it would be a monumental upset if Seppi were to pull off the feat, registering even higher on the Richter Scale than his win over Federer Down Under. Murray is the home favorite, after all. Beating him in front of his adoring fans would be audacious, tantamount to rudeness even. In the eyes of many tennis bettors Murray is the savvy tennis pick to usurp bookies' fave Djokovic for the title.
Tennis Picks: Murray to win in four sets at +333 or five sets at +1100