Wimbledon 2022 Odds And Best Futures Picks. Predictions

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JanLennard Struff For a man that has played only two grasscourt matches, Alcaraz seems a bit short when it comes to the Wimbledon outright betting.

Although his price drifted following being drawn in the quarter with title favourite Novak Djokovic, he will do well to reach their last eight meeting.

Struff appears to be the type of player that could cause real trouble for the Spanish wonderkid. His powerful and flat-hitting combined with the low-bouncing surfaces won’t allow Alcaraz much time.

Alcaraz will use his attacking abilities, but they weren’t as effective last week at the Hurlingham Club where he lost in straight sets.

Struff has been warming up, though with no notable results.

He’s served well, as he did when upsetting Alcaraz in straight sets at Roland Garros last season when he won 83% of points behind his first serve (his opponent managed just 53%).

If Struff hits his spots on Court One, it would not surprise me if he takes an early lead, as Alcaraz tries to settle into the new environment and the lush, slick grass.

Supporting Alcaraz to win the first set seems better than siding with him. Although I would not rule out the possibility of Struff winning the first set, it is better to back the underdog than support him for the upset.

Steve Johnson and Grigor Dimitrov

A tiebreak in the first match is something that I love.

It’s happened in all four previous meetings between the two of them, which were very competitive. Johnson won two sets and claimed at least one set in three.

So far during this grass swing, both of Dimitrov’s matches have seen a breaker in the opening set, while two of four for Johnson is hardly a bad figure for those looking to back this at +250.

American Johnson has a decent serve which he’ll doubtless focus on holding onto in the early stages – he holds 85% of the time on grass so it’s unlikely to be easy for Dimitrov to break.

Yes, Johnson’s best days are probably in the past but that serve should keep him in this contest, as it did when he took on Taylor Fritz at Wimbledon 12 months ago. He lost that match in five sets, with two tiebreaks.

Maxime Cressy against Felix Auger-Aliassime This contest seems to have more tie-break material. You only need to examine the data to understand why.

Both men are holding serve well during grasscourt season.

Underdog Cressy actually has the slightly better numbers, holding serve 94% of the time (and breaking 18%). Auger-Aliassime’s equivalent figures are 93-16.

Cressy proved very difficult to break last week in Eastbourne, where he made it to the final. Auger-Aliassime also looks in great shape (if we exclude his exhibition loss to Djokovic).

He lost in Halle to the eventual champion Hubert Hurkacz despite giving him a single point.

The first-set tie-break price of +150 may seem short to some but the way these two have been serving, plus the fact they’ve never faced each other before so may need time to get their returning eye in, means there’s every chance that’s the outcome here.

Sam Querrey and Ricardas Berankis

I’m sure Berankis is going to be thrilled with his first round loser’s check on Tuesday night. He’s only been a regular at Wimbledon for a few years. His tournament record stands at 3-8, with one win coming through retirement. On grass as a whole, he’s just 6-17 with the two most recent wins coming in Davis Cup this year – against unranked Pakistanis aged 42 and 20. He was the one who took his set.

Berankis didn’t bother playing in a warm up event, so it’s difficult to imagine him competing against someone who loves the grass beneath his feet.

Querrey won’t be returning to the semi-final stage he reached in 2017 but he’s won a few matches on this surface in recent weeks and should have more than enough in his locker to win this comfortably.

His powerful serve should win him lots of points, considering the distance between Berankis and Querrey – nine inches is the difference in height between them – that has been evident in previous matches.

Querrey leads 3-0 and sent down 26 aces in their most recent meeting, which came at the 2020 Australian Open.

He needed to win that match in four sets. The other wins were both straight-sets. But, a return of dominance is possible here.

Best Futures Pick

Novak Djokovic is the odds-on favorite for a seventh Wimbledon title but that price isn’t the most appealing given the considerably different year he’s had in 2022.

Last season, at similar odds, Djokovic strode to the title but he’d arrived as the French Open champion and with 30 matches under his belt.

This time around he’s played only 21 so far and won just one title. He was beaten at Roland Garros by Rafael Nadal.

How much of an effect his nightmare start to the season, which included deportation from Australia, has had is open to debate but I don’t think he’s playing as well now as he was 12 months ago.

I prefer to look elsewhere and in the opposite side of the draw, Marin Cilic looks a spot of value at +3500, especially for those who bet each way (or for a place in the final).

Cilic reached the final at this venue five years ago. He also has three quarter-final appearances.

He has won many grass titles in the past. Recently, he reached the semi-finals at the French Open.

The Croatian made it to the semi-finals at London’s Queen’s Club, where he was defeated by Filip Krajinovic.

However, he still has some value ahead of the first round, despite being a very happy player.

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How to Watch Wimbledon 2022

Wimbledon 2022 Information What All England Championships (aka Wimbledon) Location Wimbledon, London, England, UK Time Monday, June 27 to Sunday, July 10 How to Watch ESPN, ABC

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