Monday's round of Wimbledon betting features many stellar matchups on the men's card in the R16, including Djokovic and Wawrinka as they look to stay the course for a semi-final showdown.
Novak Djokovic -3300 vs. Kevin Anderson +1400
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic takes on Kevin Anderson in the R16, a spot in the quarterfinals on the line. The way the tennis odds are cast, Djokovic emerges as the runaway favourite at -3300 to win outright. Indicating his progress into the next round is not expected to be challenged nearly enough by the South African. Do the bookies have it right?
To be fair, Djokovic has the convincing 4-1 edge over Kevin Anderson. The one and only time the Serbian starlet dropped a match to the 6'7" Anderson was early in his career, a time when he was guilty of a lack of focus at times and was nowhere nearly as consistent as he is these days. Speaking of which, Djokovic is riding fearsome momentum this season. He may have stumbled to Wawrinka at the French Open final, but take nothing away from him. He's a country mile ahead of the rest of the field with a 41-3 record ahead of Wimbledon. Since his loss to Anderson in their 2008 meeting in Miami, Djokovic has reeled off four straight wins including a R64 win at Wimbledon in 2011 en route to the title.
This is the first meeting between the pair since 2012. Anderson is enjoying a solid 2015 and comes off a runner-up finish to Andy Murray at Queen's Club. Anderson can be a tricky opponent to play against, more so than the odds makers would have you believe. What's more, he has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Winning this match wouldn't be as unprecedented as his +1400 tennis odds would suggest, but it would take an extraordinary feat. One that is next to impossible to predict ahead of time. The best bet is to consider he could take a set off Djokovic seeing the way he's been playing this season.
Tennis Picks: Djokovic in four sets at +333 at bet365
Stanislas Wawrinka -500 vs. David Goffin +350
French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka looks to stay the course for a semi-final showdown against Novak Djokovic. The Swiss maestro is through to the R16 behind a solid first week at the All England Club in which he hasn't dropped a set en route to wins over Sousa, Estrella Burgos and Fernando Verdasco. To be fair, he's not really been challenged.
Belgium's David Goffin is last year's most improved player. He's one to spot for the future according to experts. Perhaps, his future is now as he makes it into the R16 of a major for the first time in his career. Then again, Goffin fell into a really cushy section of the draw that was conspicuously void of big threats. Of course, it's not his fault and he quite rightly capitalised.
In Wawrinka, Goffin meets his biggest obstacle. A player he'd love to get the measure of as he attempts to establish himself as a viable contender in the men's game. Given the wave of confidence Wawrinka is riding right now, it's a long shot. More so than the tennis odds would suggest in fact. This is the sort of matchup Wawrinka should lap up without too much fuss now that he's a legitimate, two-time major champion.
Tennis Picks: Wawrinka to win -500 and in straight sets +100