Tuesday at the All England Club was a frustrating one in the end, with a couple of late losses leading to disappointment.
Feliciano Lopez was an excellent odds-against winner for us over Juan Monaco in straight sets, but it was marred by a poor showing from Marin Cilic, who ruined my double with defeat to Lleyton Hewitt.
And late on after a ridiculously long match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic, Heather Watson was unable to produce her best and failed to take a set against an in-form Maria Kirilenko.
Wednesday looks a great day for the fans as the stars are out in force for those lucky enough to have tickets for a packed schedule at Wimbledon.
On the women’s side today, there are a few potential upsets possible with Sabine Lisicki in with a chance of another win over Maria Sharapova and Flavia Pennetta the same against Petra Kvitova too.
Daniela Hantuchova also has a chance of upsetting the odds against Caroline Wozniacki and the value looks to be more on the women’s side of the draw than the men’s today.
Seven of the eight men’s matches feature favourites at prices of 1.33 or less, so there’s not a lot that stands out as value to me on first look.
One women’s bet I like is for Kirilenko to continue her impressive grass court form against Julia Goerges at around 1.72.
I’ve never been Kiri’s biggest fan in the past, but she showed a good temperament and some top class tennis in beating Watson in straight sets yesterday and she seems to enjoy the grass more than Goerges.
The Russian has defeated the German in both of their previous career meetings, which took place on hard courts and this one on grass should be to the advantage of Kirilenko.
Goerges’s best performance at Wimbledon has been a couple of third round showings and although she has beaten this year’s finalist Aga Radwanska already this week, Maria should prevail if she can continue her good recent form.
Andy Murray finds himself back on Centre Court for another meeting with Marcos Baghdatis at around 4pm today and while I expect a win for the Scot, it surely won’t be as easy as the prices suggest.
It was a below par Murray that stumbled to a 3-1 win over the Cypriot at Wimbledon a few weeks ago in a match that could easily have gone the full distance, with Murray sleepwalking through the opening two sets at least.
This is the kind of stage that the recently married Cypriot loves to play on and throw in representing his country as well and you’ve got a different player to the one who’s been so poor on the ATP Tour all year.
A very good straight sets win over Richard Gasquet yesterday will have given him confidence and there’s something about Baggy’s game that seems to make Murray revert to passive mode.
The key to the Baghdatis game is the serve – if he can put around 65% of his first deliveries in then he has a chance in a lot of matches, but he often puts himself on the back foot with poor serving.
He fired down 14 aces against Gasquet yesterday and look what happened. But even in that match he was only getting just over half of his first serves in play.
It was the same against Go Soeda in round one and slightly better at 56% against Murray here in that Wimbledon third rounder.
Baggy has only been over 60% once in his last eight matches and that’s his downfall, but if he can get it up to a reasonable level the results should follow.
I think today is a day where Marcos will play to a higher standard than has been the norm lately, but Murray should still come through.
The bet in this one is for the match to go longer than 19.5 games at a price of 1.80. Murray’s path has been much too straightforward so far – surely he’s due a wobble.
Best Bets: Back Kirilenko to beat Goerges at 1.72; Back over 19.5 games in Murray v Baghdatis at 1.80.