Overpriced Wawrinka Worth Fading Against Opelka


Stan Wawrinka (22) vs. Reilly Opelka

Wednesday, July 3, London

Free Tennis Pick: Reilly Opelka +2.5 Set Handicap

Recommended Sportsbook: Pinnacle

Stan Wawrinka got off to a flying start at the All England Club with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Ruben Bemelmans in just 87 minutes. The three-time Grand Slam champion is slowly returning to his top form after struggling with a knee injury in recent years. Bemelmans couldn’t find a solution to Stan’s aggression and accuracy. Wawrinka didn’t face a single break point and ended the match with 26 winners to just 21 unforced errors. Adding to this, the Swiss broke serve five times and won 45.78% of the points played on Ruben’s serve.

Stan will next take on Reilly Opelka for a place in the third round of Wimbledon. The 6’11’ American is a former junior champion at the All England Club and always a very dangerous player on this surface. Known as one of the best servers on the ATP Tour, the fast court conditions on grass suit Opelka’s style, which makes it extremely difficult to break his serve. The 21-year-old has struggled for form in recent weeks but ended a four-match losing streak on Monday with a straight-sets victory over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe from Germany.

Looking now at the odds for this contest, Wawrinka is the heavy favorite to win this match at -453 with BetOnline. Despite Stan’s outstanding record at Grand Slam events, it’s impossible to find any value on his tennis betting odds. Facing a big server on grass is never easy and Opelka can create problems to anyone on this surface. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Reilly’s +2.5 Set Handicap to your betting picks at -152 with Pinnacle as the best line for this second-round match.