Wimbledon 2019: Men’s Semi-Finals
We’re now into the business end of the 2019 Wimbledon tournament and the men’s semi-final line-up is officially set.
Novak Djokovic is a red-hot favourite to beat Roberto Bautista-Agut but the main attraction is a first Wimbledon clash between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal since that final in 2008.
Djokovic is as short as 1/12 to reach Sunday’s final and he will fancy his chances of claiming the Wimbledon 2019 prize money this year.
The Serbian has won three of the previous four Grand Slam events and victory in the Wimbledon final will see him complete the sweep for the second time in his career.
Neutrals will be focusing primarily on the mouth-watering contest between Federer and Nadal though. If it is anything like the 2008 showpiece, viewers are in for a real treat.
Let’s take a look at the 2019 Wimbledon men’s semi-finals, with betting tips and tennis odds on both of Friday’s matches…
Novak Djokovic vs Roberto Bautista-Agut
As world number one, Djokovic carries the weight of expectation wherever he goes.
Still not totally endeared to tennis’ wider fanbase, the Serbian is used to his role as the pantomime villain but he won’t be playing up to the crowd on Friday afternoon. This is the Wimbledon 2019 semi-finals and it is all business going forward.
Punters may fancy the 8/11 for Djokovic to win in straight sets – and with good reason. The world number one has dropped just one set at Wimbledon 2019 and that was against a big server.
This is Bautista-Agut’s first appearance in a Grand Slam semi-final and he will be hoping to catch Djokovic on an off day.
Currently ranked as the 22nd best player in the world, he was supposed to be attending his stag do this weekend but could end up competing in the 2019 Wimbledon final instead!
One record in his favour is his recent results against Djokovic. These players have met twice in 2019 with Bautista-Agut coming out on top on both occasions.
Granted both wins came on a hard-court surface but that could play on Djokovic’s mind if he falls behind. The over 3.5 sets at 6/5 deserves consideration.
Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer
The semi-final that everybody wanted to see WILL take place on Friday afternoon. Nadal has rolled back the years in 2019, running riot at Roland Garros before cruising to the semi-finals having dropped just one set against Nick Kyrgios.
If Nadal is at his brilliant best, the Spaniard could prove too strong on current form.
At the time of writing, the 18-time Grand Slam champion is slight favourite at 4/6 and plenty of punters will be backing Nadal to get the job done.
Going up against his old rival will bring back fond memories of that 2008 triumph and a similar outcome could be on the cards if the game goes the distance.
Barring a minor miracle, Djokovic will cruise into Sunday’s final and a chance to win his 16th career Grand Slam beckons.
Federer and Wimbledon go hand-in-hand. Without a doubt, the Swiss star is the greatest male player in Wimbledon tennis history and he will be hoping for another huge effort this weekend.
6/5 for a player of Federer’s calibre is well worth considering and a shorter game would certainly suit the 37-year-old.
Nadal and Federer are two of tennis’ greatest ever players and neutrals will be hoping that both men perform at their best on Friday afternoon.
Tennis romantics may be tempted by the 43/20 for over 4.5 sets – a repeat of that incredible 2008 Wimbledon final would whet appetites ahead of this weekend.
Wimbledon 2019: Women’s Semi-Finals
And then there were four. The 2019 Wimbledon semi-finals are now set and all four women will fancy their chances of coming out on top.
Winning a Grand Slam title is the pinnacle of the sport and tennis punters will be keeping a close eye on the latest betting news, tips and odds on all four contenders ahead of Thursday’s semi-finals.
With no British representative in this year’s final four, neutrals may be looking at 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams to win the Wimbledon women’s title.
Williams had lifted the famous trophy no less than seven times, with her most recent success coming in 2016. 888sport tennis odds show Williams at EVS to emerge victorious this year…
Tennis fans will be expecting big things ahead of Thursday’s action and we could see two matches that go down to the wire.
Wimbledon tends to throw up shock results at this stage of the tournament so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see a favourite fall. Let’s take a look at both semi-finals, with betting odds and tips on each contest.
Elina Svitolina vs Simona Halep
Svitolina has won four of the six meetings between the two players but this is the first on a grass court and it would be foolish to read too much into that record.
She had a scare earlier in the second round against Margarita Gasparyan, who was actually a set up before retiring through injury.
However, she has been solid for the most part and 39/20 could turn out to be a huge price. In the women’s game, winning the opening set is vital and Svitolina will push hard early on in a bid to send out a statement of intent.
With both players in fine form, over 2.5 sets is worth considering at 31/20.
Halep is the 2/5 favourite to advance to Saturday’s Wimbledon final and the world number seven has looked very strong throughout the tournament.
The Romanian has dropped just one set at Wimbledon 2019 and tennis punters will be expecting Halep to get the job done under pressure.
The 2018 French Open champion deserves a second Grand Slam title and you won’t find too many tennis fans backing against Halep here.
It should be an exciting final but Halep’s class should shine through on Wimbledon’s famous Centre Court. Watch this space, a battle for the ages looks likely.
Serena Williams vs Barbora Strycova
Without a doubt, Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all-time and she has won everything there is to win.
Taking her doubles record into account, Williams has 39 Grand Slam titles to her name and the American will be quietly confident of hitting number 40 this weekend.
Priced at 1/4 to win this Wimbledon 2019 semi-final, Williams cannot allow complacency to sneak in.
Most tennis fans will be expecting Williams to make light work of her opponent on Thursday afternoon but it would be foolish to write Strycova off. After all, she is here on merit, just like Serena.
This is Strycova’s first ever Grand Slam semi-final appearance and it may be a case of ‘sink or swim’.
The Czech Republic star may relish the Wimbledon Centre Court stage or she could crumble – predicting how Strycova is going to perform is very difficult indeed but tennis fans know how talented she is.
Williams has a perfect record against Strycova, winning their last three meetings in straight sets. Under 2.5 sets is available at 4/9 ahead of Thursday’s semi-final and that may be the way to go.
Strycova was excellent against British number one Jo Konta but Williams is on another level.
Wimbledon 2019: Tournament Tips
We’re a few days away from the start of July, which only means one thing: Wimbledon.
Wimbledon 2019 starts on 1st July this year, the tournament runs for the first two weeks of the month with a supposed rest day on the Sunday. Of course, whether that’s actually a day off depends on the flaky British summertime weather.
As the first round approaches and players ramp their preparation, it’s a good time to preview the third Grand Slam of the year. Here are a few thoughts for the coming fortnight with a couple of Wimbledon betting tips.
Wimbledon 2019: Men’s Draw
Current Wimbledon holder and four-time champion Novak Djokovic is the 8/5 favourite to go back-to-back.
Back at world number one, Djokovic is the reigning champion at three of the four Grand Slams having won his seventh Australian Open title earlier this year. Despite boasting a 28-6 record in 2019, Djokovic failed to win his last two events.
Defeat to Dominic Thiem in a five-set thriller at Roland Garros saw him depart in the semi-finals and a loss in the final in Rome to Rafael Nadal was not especially surprising. It shouldn’t impact bettors too much ahead of Wimbledon.
As has been the case for most the last decade, Roger Federer and Nadal round out the top three in the outright betting. Federer is 3/1, just ahead of his Spanish rival at 11/2.
Federer cruised to his 10th Halle Open title in preparation for Wimbledon 2019 after an inevitable semi-final defeat to Nadal at Roland Garros. Federer lost an epic five-setter to Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year.
The domination of the 2000s is long gone, but it’s worth remembering that the world number three lifted the Wimbledon trophy aloft in 2017.
Whether he can beat Djokovic is still uncertain, of course, but he might not have to, having been handed the number two seed.
He’s only a month or so away from his 38th birthday, yet it’s hard to argue with Federer as the second favourite behind Djokovic.
Nadal winning Roland Garros is pretty much a formality. The grass-court season is a challenge for him, and he’s not appeared in a Wimbledon final since 2011.
He took Djokovic deep into the fifth set in the 2018 Wimbledon semi-final, however, and will fancy his chances of meeting his long-time Serbian rival in the last four once again.
It feels like Nadal needs a bit of fortune to win his third Wimbledon. The 11/2 is a little bit too short.
Away from the big three, the odds lengthen drastically. Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 20-year-old world number six, is next in the market at 17/1. It’s safe to call that a longshot option.
Tsitsipas is an entertainer, and the Wimbledon crowd will hope to get to see plenty of him, but he’s had a tough couple of weeks on the grass.
Alexander Zverev, who is ranked fifth in the world, is priced at 25/1. His Wimbledon performances have been underwhelming so far, never making it past the fourth-round.
The 22-year-old German fell to qualifier Ernests Gulbis in the third round last year.
While the odds are long, there really isn’t much value away from Djokovic, Federer and Nadal. Keep up with the latest Wimbledon news on 888sport’s blog to see if that changes.
Wimbledon 2019: Women’s Draw
Ashleigh Barty, the world number one, is the favourite in 888’s tennis odds at 19/4. The Australian cruised to victory in Birmingham in mid-June, building on her glory at Roland Garros, when she won her first Grand Slam.
Barty hasn’t lost a match since suffering a straight sets defeat to Kristina Mladenovic in Rome on 16th May.
Despite sitting atop the rankings, bettors may well be hesitant about backing Barty. She has never made it past the third round at Wimbledon, but the form guide is firmly in her favour.
Following the Australian is Serena Williams. The 37-year-old is hunting her eighth Wimbledon title after a disappointing defeat in the final in 2018.
Williams hasn’t played competitively since losing in straight sets to Sofia Kenin at Roland Garros and has had a very difficult 2019 season to date, dropping her to 11th in the rankings.
The 6/1 price is on the short side for Serena at this stage of her career. It would be foolish to write her off, of course, but it would take a sensational turnaround considering her recent performances.
Reigning Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka sits at 17/2 to win the third Grand Slam of her career in west London.
Osaka currently holds two of the four Slams, but has not been at her best of late, falling to Yulia Putintseva in the last 16 in Birmingham.
We’ve seen what Osaka, armed with a powerful forehand and potentially dominant serve, can do on the biggest stage. Her position as third-favourite might be a little generous, but no one will be looking forward to facing the 21-year-old.
Angelique Kerber beat Serena in the 2018 final but has slipped to fifth in the world rankings after a string of poor performances on the clay.
Kerber played out an entertaining three-setter with Belinda Bencic on the Mallorcan grass in preparation for Wimbledon but lost to the world number 13. At 10/1, Kerber offers decent value.
2017 semi-finalist Johanna Konta is a name to watch at Wimbledon after making it to the last four of Roland Garros.
Konta is back in the top 20 of the rankings, but hasn’t had an ideal build-up for Wimbledon, losing to Jelena Ostapenko in the second round in Birmingham.
Out at 17/1, Konta is a solid outside bet after a frustrating 2018, though she’s yet to deliver in the latter stages of a Grand Slam.