It’s finals weekend at Wimbledon. This is when legends will be made and where greats will be championed even further. The men’s and the women’s singles will be decided over the next two days, with 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams taking on former world number one Simona Halep on Saturday. Then on Sunday defending champion Novak Djokovic will take on Roger Federer. Here are four picks for Wimbledon finals weekend.
Serena Williams v Simona Halep
Wimbledon women’s singles final, July 13
This year’s Wimbledon women’s singles got the final it deserved. Serena Williams has improved with every match she has played at SW19, with the 37-year-old seeing off Barbora Strycova in straight sets, allowing Czech just three games in the whole match. Playing doubles with Andy Murray seems to have played a part in sharpening up Williams, particularly at the net.
Williams won 89% of her first serve points and 53% of her second serve points. She also hit 28 winners to 10 unforced errors, illustrating just how tight her game was. The American has also won 10 of her last 14 Grand Slam finals, but lost her last final appearance at Wimbledon to Angelique Kerber.
Simona Halep was also impressive in her semi final win over Elina Svitolina, taking just 16 games to win in straight sets. In stark contrast to Williams, Halep has lost nine of her last 12 final appearances. The Romanian has been in fighting form at this year’s Championships and already has a Grand Slam title to her name. This would be the great achievement of her career to date, though.
1u - Back Three Sets @ +141
2.5u - Back Over 8.5 Total Games Set 1 @ -283
Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer
Wimbledon men’s singles final, July 14
How can Friday’s semi final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two rivals who have defined an entire era of the men’s game, be bettered? Well, how about a Wimbledon final between the greatest of all time, Federer, and the defending champion and world number one, Novak Djokovic, aiming to one day become the greatest of all time?
Federer was magnificent against Nadal on Friday, reaching levels he has not reached for a long time. His standard was remarkably high throughout. Djokovic, on the other hand, was taken further than anyone expected in his semi final against Roberto Bautista-Agut, although eventually saw off the Spaniard in four sets.
Djokovic has a winning record against Federer, but only just, winning 25 of the 47 matches the pair have played against each other. The Serbian also won the last meeting between the two at Wimbledon, beating Federer in the 2015 final. Federer said after his semi final win over Nadal that he felt “exhausted,” but the Swiss at nearly 38 and still making Grand Slam finals, doesn’t seem to feel the effects of time.
1.5u - Back Novak Djokovic To Win @ -187
0.75u - Back Novak Djokovic First Set Winner @ -162