Day 1 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships brings plenty of excitements, and we’ll take a closer look at the most intriguing matches to help you find the best bets. For the next two weeks, we’ll bring you all need-to-know betting analysis, but mostly for men’s singles. Tennis is pretty unpredictable and ladies’ singles are always full of surprises.
Howsoever, Day 1 starts with a great matchup between the reigning vice-champion Kevin Anderson and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Anderson is a strong 1.40 favorite to reach the second round, but he’s just returned from an elbow injury, while Herbert has been playing very well lately.
Anderson lost to Gilles Simon in three sets in the second round at the Queen’s Club. On the other side, Herbert reached the semifinal in Halle, losing to Roger Federer in straight sets, while the exited in the second round in Eastbourne after a straight-set loss to Daniel Evans.
Both these players rely on their services and considering their current form, I think Herbert should win a set here. Hereof, I’m backing the over 3.5 sets at 1.55 odds.
There are three more matches on today’s schedule where I’m looking for at least four sets in the total. Ernests Gulbis takes on Leonardo Mayer who’s listed as a slight 1.85 fave to qualify for the second round. Gulbis lost 14 of his previous 15 matches, but he’s defending the round of 16 from the last season, so I expect him to put on a fight.
On the other side, Mayer is 5-5 in his last ten matches and 1-3 in his previous four outings on grass. Leonardo will play his first match on the grass court in 2019, so I think we should see at least four sets here with the odds at 1.50.
Andreas Seppi will face off against Nicolas Jarry which should be another tight clash of the first round. Seppi is more experienced than Jarry and has a 59-46 record on grass in his career, while Jarry is 4-5 on the grass court. Nicolas has a strong 1st serve and a solid forehand which should be enough for a set. The price on more than three sets in the total is 1.50.
Pablo Carreno Busta will be looking for his first-ever win at Wimbledon, and the former World No. 10 and one-time US Open semifinalist will take on the 19-year old Alexei Popyrin who made it to the main draw through qualifiers. Considering Pablo’s displays on grass (2-7 in a career) and Alexei’s strong serve, I’m looking for at least four sets at 1.53 odds.
Elsewhere, Alexander Zverev could have some problems against Jiri Vesely who cruised through qualifying rounds and reached the round of 16 here in 2018 when he lost to Rafael Nadal. Zverev is pretty inconsistent this season, while the odds on the over 3.5 sets are quite tempting at 1.75.
The reigning Queen’s Club champ Feliciano Lopez opens against the World No. 158 Marcos Giron who reached the main draw through qualifying rounds. Lopez should cover a 1.5-set handicap at 1.55 odds.
Finally, Grigor Dimitrov will meet Corentin Moutet who will have a debut at Wimbledon. Although Dimitrov is far away from his top form, I expect him to beat Moutet and cover a 1.5-set handicap at 1.50 odds.