Last year's Wimbledon semi-finalists Dimitrov and Raonic take to court for their respective second round matchups, as well as rising star Dominic Thiem. Here are our tennis betting previews, complete with tennis picks for your wagering tickets.
Tommy Haas +400 vs. Milos Raonic -600
Milos Raonic, the 2014 Wimbledon semi-finalist, has a lot of points to defend in the coming fortnight. He opened his campaign with a four-set win over Daniel Gimeno-Traver, a match that showed some his rustiness (coming off injury) and nerves. He really should have taken that match in straight sets. Against Tommy Haas, Raonic won't have it easy. Indeed, while he's the solid -600 favourite, Haas isn't exactly priced out of the realm of reasonable possibility for the upset at +400 tennis odds. He's a large underdog, make no mistake. But nobody would be surprised if he did pull it off. One reason why he might be able to accomplish the feat is that Raonic (just like himself) is coming off an injury in recent weeks.
The wily veteran is embarking on a comeback after injury. One could be an ageist and say he's also at the decided disadvantage at 37 years of age against his much younger opponent. However, Haas is no stranger to comebacks from injury, having done so too many times over his career. He reaches the second round after beating another younger opponent Lajovic in four sets. He may only be in his third tournament of the season and boast a 1-2 record, but he's got a well of experience to dip into which makes him a dangerous opponent even though he's the +400 underdog. He can accomplish the feat. It's not a lock tennis pick, but one worth considering by the brave.
Tennis Picks: Haas +400 at Bovada
Grigor Dimitrov -550 vs. Steve Johnson +350
Last year's other semi-finalist, Grigor Dimitrov, features in second round action on day 3 of Wimbledon betting. Dimitrov enters his match as the -550 favourite, but nobody that has watched him play in recent weeks can seriously buy him at such a hefty price. His form is nowhere nearly good enough to warrant such hefty favouritism.
Dimitrov did get through his opening match quite convincingly 6-3, 6-0, 6-4. In Steve Johnson, though, he comes across a quintessential fighter. An American that will give as good as he gets. Johnson had to battle it out in the first round with De Scheepper in five sets. That may have taken something out of him for this match. But he's no stranger to dogging it out from match to match. It's the first meeting between the pair and it could go against the tennis betting grain. Once again, this is one of those long shot tennis picks on the Wimbledon prop betting market, but not unreasonable at +350 tennis odds.
Tennis Picks: Johnson +350
Fernando Verdasco -200 vs. Dominic Thiem +163
Fernando Verdasco survived a marathon first round encounter with Slovakia's Martin Klizan that went a full additional set and then some in the fifth 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-7(5), 13-11. What Verdasco has left in the tank remains to be seen, but the Spaniard is a player that blows hot and cold from match-to-match. Nothing is ever certain where he's concerned, which has us somewhat surprised that he enters this clash as the favourite at -200. Over a player that is actually seeded in the tournament, no less. Dominic Thiem is a player with lots of upside. He ranks No. 30 in the world, well ahead of No. 43 Verdasco (albeit a former top ten player). The pair have never met at an ATP event, so their second round encounter marks their first-ever meeting. On paper, very little separates them. Both come into the tournament with 18 wins on the season (Verdasco is 18-14 while Thiem is 18-15). Thiem has the slight edge over Verdasco in that his first round encounter was more straightforward. He needed just four sets to beat Dudi Sela. He'll be better rested and raring to go for a match that he'll surely fancy his chances to win. As a result, he leaps off the page as the value tennis pick at +163 to win outright.
Tennis Picks: Thiem +163