Wimbledon Mens Semi Finals Betting Preview
After Roger Federer’s shock exit, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic now reside as favourites for this year’s Wimbledon title.
Anderson vs. Isner - Friday, 10pm Channel 7 & 7TWO
After a narrow escape in five sets over Belgian Ruben Bemelmans in the Round of 64, 8th seed John Isner has enjoyed an impressive run of results. After disposing of both Radu Albot and Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, the hard-hitting American defeated the highly-regarded Milos Raonic in four. No stranger to the Wimbledon lawns (he holds the record with Nicolas Mahut for playing in the longest match in history at the venue), the right-hander has sent down 68 aces in his past three games and won over 80% of points when he has landed his first serve across the same period.
That said, his upcoming fixture with fellow veteran Kevin Anderson shapes as an intriguing contest with both men $1.90 in the H2H market. Anderson reaches this stage of the tournament after mounting one of the great comebacks against eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer. Facing match point in the third set, the South African dug in to bet the Swiss 6-2, 7-6, 5-7, 4-6, 11-13. A US Open finalist in 2017, Anderson will be a popular option with punters, however, it is worth noting that his record against his semifinal opponent reads 3-8 with Isner winning each of the past five meetings. In addition, the American was victorious in the pair’s only contest on grass (7-6, 6-4, Queens Club, 2008).
Key Stat: At least one tiebreaker has been required in seven of the past eight matches between this pair
Our Tip: Isner in four sets with total games over 47.5.
Nadal vs. Djokovic - Saturday, 12am Channel 7 & 7TWO
After Roger Federer’s shock exit, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic now reside on the top line of betting for this year’s Wimbledon title. Given the Spaniard’s near five-hour, five-set thriller last round, the Serb is perhaps the man to watch after he secured his semi final berth with relative ease over Kei Nishikori. A 12-time Grand Slam champion, Djokovic has seemingly rediscovered some of his best form of late, winning seven of his past 10 matches in straight sets. In addition, the right-hander has only allowed his rivals to win 3.5+ games in four of the 17 sets he has taken part in at this year’s edition of The Championships.
However, Rafael Nadal is no ordinary opponent and the 16-time major winner enters this match with 17 straight victories to his name across his past three tournaments. Furthermore, the left-hander has won each of his past two encounters against Djokovic as well as two of the three matches the pair has contested on grass.
Still, the man known as The Joker has the slight edge (26-25) on Nadal overall and will take inspiration from his record (13-3) against the King of Clay since their meeting at the China Open in October, 2013.
Key Stat: In eight of this pair’s past nine Grand Slam meetings, the match has been decided across four sets or more.
Our Tip: Djokovic to win in four.