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The second week of our Wimbledon predictions gets underway as the fourth round concludes on the men’s and women’s sides of the draw. Novak Djokovic will resume his match against Hubert Hurkacz, after winning the first two sets on Day 7. There are a number of players who were not expected to get this far by many, with Christopher Eubanks and Roman Safiullin firmly putting their names on the map in SW19.
16-year-old Mirra Andreeva continues her remarkable run at the All England Club in facing Madison Keys on Wimbledon day 8, and it will be interesting to see if they can ruffle the American’s feathers. The weekend was not as fruitful as the rest of last week for our Wimbledon predictions but having assessed the course over the last seven days, we are in a strong position to land some more winners as we approach the home straight.
The women’s side is arguably far more interesting than the men’s at this stage with Djokovic still a very short favourite to take the title, while Iga Swiatek had to battle back from match points down to get past Belinda Bencic on Wimbledon day 7. Reigning champion Elena Rybakina appears to have shaken off the illness that affected her preparation for the tournament, whereas Aryna Sabalenka, Ons Jabeur and Petra Kvitova are still jostling for position.
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Rising star Lehecka to challenge former world no. 1
21-year-old Czech Jiri Lehecka has been a very streaky player on the ATP Tour in the last couple of seasons, but has shown great signs of maturity at grand slam level this season. The world no. 37 made the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January and is a little underrated by the market as he prepares to face Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev has not yet made it past this stage of Wimbledon in his career and flattered to deceive massively in the lead-up to the event. The Russian had won two and lost two on the surface this year before arriving in SW19, but has made his way past Arthur Fery (391), Adrian Mannarino (35) and Marton Fucsovics (67) to this point. Mannarino and Fucsovics are very capable on the surface and would have fancied their chances of pulling off an upset.
Lehecka has only dropped serve once in the tournament so far, in his epic five-set win over Tommy Paul last time out. With that in mind, and Medvedev’s less effective return game on grass, a +5.5 games handicap seems a generous offering from the bookies. A 7-6 6-4 6-4 defeat for Lehecka would still see us cash the bet.
Daniil Medvedev vs Jiri Lehecka
Italian stallion one to watch
There is a strong chance that Matteo Berrettini would have been second favourite for the Wimbledon title if he had been injury-free coming into the tournament. Instead, the Italian’s preparation was less than ideal, losing the only grass court match he played in the build-up to Wimbledon. However, the 27-year-old has produced performances reminiscent of his run to the final in 2021, casting aside quality players in the form of Alex De Minaur and Alexander Zverev in straight sets in the last two rounds.
Nicolas Jarry gave a great account of himself against Carlos Alcaraz in the last round, in the end the Spaniard’s four-set victory flattered him a touch. Berrettini’s game is not dissimilar to Jarry’s, in the sense that his serve and forehand are his biggest two weapons, and Alcaraz is unlikely to run the show from the first point onwards.
Berrettini has not dropped serve yet in the tournament, and despite him coming into this match as the outsider, his best level would be enough to knockout the world no. 1 on Wimbledon day 8. Having said that, after a couple of days in the red we will be taking a cautious pro-Berrettini play to lift the price of our Wimbledon day 8 double, by just betting on the Italian to win a set.
Wimbledon Day 8 Double
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