We saw a lot of surprising results in the first round of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, and the excitements continue Wednesday with the second-round matches in men’s and ladies’ singles.
The Frenchman Corentin Moutet pulled off an upset on Monday, overcoming the former Wimbledon semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov as 4.50 underdog. Moutet was down by two sets and a break in the third, but he found a way to win the match.
Now, Moutet meets the 19th-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime who defeated Vasek Pospisil in four sets. Felix is playing in an excellent form, reaching the championship match in Stuttgart where he lost to Matteo Berrettini and semifinal at the Queen’s Club where he lost to Feliciano Lopez.
Unlike Dimitrov, Auger-Aliassime has a strong character, while the 18-year old Canadian possesses a great serve which is essential on the grass court. Therefore, I’m backing Felix to cover a 1.5-set handicap at 1.42 odds.
Elsewhere, the 10th-seeded Karen Khachanov meets Feliciano Lopez, and I would be surprised if someone wins in straight sets. Lopez loves to play on grass, while both players have strong serve, so I’m backing the over 3.5 sets at 1.45 odds. Feliciano cruised through the first round, beating Marcos Giron in straight sets, while Khachanov dropped a set against Soon-Woo Kwon.
Leonardo Mayer plays Hubert Hurkacz which seems like another tight match. Mayer thrashed off Ernests Gulbis in straight sets in the opener, while Hurkacz defeated Dusan Lajovic in four sets. Hurkacz is a 1.45 fave to win this battle, but Mayer is an experienced player with a solid serve, so I expect to see at least four sets at 1.55 odds.
Finally, I’m taking Jiri Vesely to satisfy the odds and beat Pablo Cuevas as a 1.35 fave. Vesely made a huge upset in the first round, defeating the World No. 5 Alexander Zverev in four sets, while Pablo Cuevas barely overcame Damir Dzumhur in five sets. Also, Jiri won three qualifying matches to reach the main draw, and Cuevas is a typical baseliner who loves to play on clay.