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Wimbledon Predictions | Men’s First Round Preview

Wimbledon Predictions | Men’s First Round Preview
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
03:39

Wimbledon Predictions | Men’s First Round

One of the more interesting matches in the first round features number one seed Novak Djokovic. The Serbian has been drawn against Phillip Kohlschreiber, who is ranked 33 in the world. The German is the highest ranked player outside of the seeds for Wimbledon 2015 and possibly the toughest draw Djokovic could have received.

Kohlschreiber reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2012 and also won the Gerry Weber Open on grass in 2011. The only time that Kohlschreiber defeated Djokovic in his career, came on clay, at the French Open in 2009. Djokovic has had plenty of time to recover from his French Open final defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka but this could be more difficult than anticipated for the world number one. Kohlschreiber is 14/1 with Bet365 to cause an upset.

Talking of the French Open and the 2015 champion, Stanislas Wawrinka will need to improve his performance level on grass, having been eliminated by Kevin Anderson in the second round at Queen’s. Although Wawrinka made the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last year, the Swiss has lost in the first round five times in ten appearances.

Wawrinka is up against Joao Sousa, who is ranked number 45 in the world. The Portuguese showed signs of improvement in the Austalian and French Open tournaments this year and could offer a test to Wawrinka. Sousa is 7/1 with Bet365 to defeat Wawrinka in the first round.

Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal has been drawn against world number 41, Thomaz Bellucci. The Brazilian won the Geneva Open this year and has lost just one of his last six matches. Nadal’s last match on grass was a disappointing defeat to Alexandr Dolgopolov at Queen’s and Bellucci is 9/1 with Bet365 to defeat the Spaniard in the first round at Wimbledon.

In terms of our first round Wimbledon mens winner prediction, we are going for Milos Raonic. Looking at each quarter of the draw, Raonic has a great chance of progressing, if he can remain healthy. The Canadian certainly has the game to succeed at Wimbledon, it’s just a question of fitness, which is why he is currently out at 45/1 with BetVictor to win Wimbledon 2015.

What are your Wimbledon predictions?