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Wimbledon Day 3 is going to be a feast for tennis fans all over the world as the schedule intensifies in catching up after bad weather affected the majority of day 2. Our Wimbledon predictions have got off to a promising start but have also been largely affected by the weather, a handful are still unsettled heading into day 3, with the first leg of our 5/2 treble landing thanks to Andy Murray.
One of our outsider picks is yet to get underway from, in the form of Lucrezia Stefanini, day 1, the market has moved in our favour since the selection was made but there is still certainly some value in backing the Italian underdog.
There is set to be a bit of a scramble on the outside courts to get the first round completed in the men’s and women’s singles, but having a roof on Court 1 and Centre Court guarantees a range of high quality matches will be on show.
It is worth considering the weather conditions when it comes to making selections at Wimbledon, the exposure to the elements is very different on the outside courts with the wind playing a significantly smaller part on the stadium courts.
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Juicy treble well-placed on day 3
The biggest-priced selection, Andy Murray (-2.5) Set Handicap vs Ryan Peniston, of our day 2 treble landed comfortably, while the other two picks have been moved over to day 3. Eastbourne champion Francisco Cerundolo goes up against an inexperienced grass courter in Nuno Borges, and Zhizhen Zhang battles an out-of-form Botic Van De Zandschulp.
Enhancing Cerundolo price with Set Handicap
Francisco Cerundolo would possibly be a shorter price to beat Nuno Borges if it was not for his physical exertion in winning the Eastbourne 250 event last week, however, with his background and the rain delays, fatigue is hardly a concern. Borges has never won a grass court match at main level and despite his improvements in recent years, the Portuguese does not possess the weapons of the Argentine and does not move as well on this surface.
The Set Handicap -1.5 option still gives us some insurance in our Wimbledon predictions, as the bet can still win if Borges takes a set, but bumps the price up nicely for the treble. A generous 4/6 price can be taken in support of the in-form 24-year-old.
One to watch: Zhizhen Zhang
Zhang has shown bags of potential across the course of his career, but has only began realising that with some consistency in the last couple of seasons. The 26-year-old is a big part of the Chinese contingent putting their country on the map on the ATP Tour for the first time in over a decade.
Zhang impressed at Eastbourne by getting the better of esteemed grass court players in Maxime Cressy and Lorenzo Sonego, building good confidence ahead of the season’s third grand slam. Opposing Van De Zandschulp was an easy choice in our Wimbledon predictions with the Dutchman on a six-match losing streak.
The one-time US Open quarter-finalist has a lethargic playing style which can look negative when he is not in the best of form, and it was a surprise to see him take the favourites tag with the bookmakers for this match.
Given the fact that Zhang has not yet made it past the first round in SW19, we have taken a cautious approach for the third leg of our treble, backing him to win at least one set.
We will be continuing to cheer on the treble that was selected on day 2, including Murray’s completed match, but feel free to take on the Cerundolo and Zhang selections in a double if you missed day 2’s Wimbledon predictions. With the 4/6 and 1/5 selections producing a bet at evens.
Wimbledon Day 3
Farewell Anett Kontaveit
Former world no. 2 Anett Kontaveit announced the sad news last week that she will be retiring from tennis after Wimbledon, at the age of 27, due to a back problem. The Estonian has had success on grass in the past, reaching the final of Eastbourne in 2021, but has played very little in the last year.
Despite achieving that ranking and winning several titles on the WTA Tour, Kontaveit lost in the first round at the All England Club in 2021 and only reached the second last year. The prices have shorted on underdog Lucrezia Stefanini to beat Kontaveit since we tipped it up on day 1, but there is still value on the Italian who has won five of seven grass court matches this season.