The action at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships goes on with first-round matches in men’s and ladies’ singles on Tuesday, so let’s take a look at our best bets.
The 25th seed Alex de Minaur takes on the World No. 41 Marco Cecchinato. Alex is listed as a 1.20 fave to beat Cecchinato who’s a typical clay-court player and has never reached the second round at Wimbledon. Last year, de Minaur defeated Cecchinato in the first round at Wimbledon in four sets, and I’m looking for the similar scenario on this one, backing de Minaur to cover a 1.5-set handicap at 1.45.
The 20th seed Gilles Simon will face off against the qualifier Salvatore Caruso. These two guys met each other at Roland Garros a month ago, and Caruso thrashed off Simon in straight sets 6-1 6-2 6-4. Simon will look for payoff whereas he’s a much better player on grass than Caruso, so I’m taking the Frenchman to cover a 1.5-set handicap at 1.50.
The 31st seed Laslo Djere opens against the World No. 114 Guido Andreozzi and both these guys prefer a clay court, so we should see a tight battle. However, Djere is having a great season, winning his first ATP title and recording 17 wins and 14 losses. Therefore, I’m backing Djere to win in three or four sets at 1.60.
The 13th seed and a former Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic meets the World No. 42 Adrian Mannarino, and I’m taking the over 3.5 sets at 1.65 odds. Cilic is playing poorly this season, losing nine of his 19 matches, while Mannarino won his first ATP title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch on the grass court. Mannarino loves to play on grass, and I think we should see at least four sets in this match.
Another derby match of the first round will see the 27th-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille taking on his compatriot and the World No. 47 Richard Gasquet. Pouille won four of its six meetings with Gasquet, but Richard won their last duel on the grass court.
Both these players are feeling well on the fastest surface while considering the current form, we should see a really tight battle. Pouille won four of his last seven matches and has a 10-12 record this season. Gasquet won four of his previous six matches and has a 7-5 record in 2019. Pouille is listed as a 1.60 favorite here, but I’m looking for at least four sets at 1.48 odds.