The second round of the men’s singles gets underway on the lawns of the All England Club on Wednesday at Wimbledon 2014.
And we are in good shape after the first two days, as another couple of winners were found on Tuesday in the form of Roger Federer on the handicap and overs in the Jerzy Janowicz match.
Federer was in full cruise control in his stroll against Paulo Lorenzi and had covered the 9.5 game handicap after the second set, while JJ continued his run of long opening sets against Somdev Devvarman.
Dudi Sela was the one disappointment of the day in a strange straight sets loss to Mikhail Kukushkin, who is usually in the ‘grass is for cows’ brigade and had never won a set in the main draw at Wimbledon before yesterday.
The Israeli was a woeful 1-11 on break points and that cost us dear in that one.
Play starts at 11.30 UK time again on Wednesday and we have 16 matches to choose from today.
Bernard Tomic vs Tomas Berdych
The Aussies have been in good cheer so far this tournament with a better display form their representatives than we’ve been accustomed to in recent years and Tomic has a chance to add to that today.
Bernie has let me down too many times – and especially of late – for me to get involved in the Tomic win at 4.10, but that does look a bit on the generous side and those who haven’t been burned by Bernie will be interested in that price.
This is a repeat of the fourth round match here last year when Berdych emerged victorious in four tight sets and although Tomic has been through hip surgery since then he should be competitive again.
I’ve never been a big fan of Berdych on grass, as the low, variable bounce doesn’t really suit his rather robotic game and movement and an opponent like Tomic who can find all sorts of angles and slices on grass is a tough ask for the Czech.
The over 38.5 total games is my choice in this one at around 1.74.
Leonardo Mayer vs Marcos Baghdatis
I think it’s worth taking a chance on Leo Mayer at a very tempting 2.90 here against a potentially crocked Baghdatis.
Mayer has been in good form this season generally and his big serve and forehand can translate well to grass, as he’s shown several times in the past and again when taking down Andreas Seppi in round one.
The obvious negative for Mayer is that five set battle with Seppi, but that was the Argentine’s first match since the French Open, so he shouldn’t be tired yet after one match in a month.
You have to be hitting the ball well to best Seppi over five on grass and Mayer has beaten Baggy in two of their three career meetings, although both were on clay.
The big concern for Baghdatis backers at 1.39 is his problem shoulder, which didn’t look too good towards the end of the match with Dustin Brown and if Leo can make this a contest it may well break down.
The Cypriot admitted that “after the first two sets against Brown I got really tired,” and also that “the shoulder also started getting tired, so serving-wise I couldn't serve very hard,” and against a tough opponent like Mayer I’m happy to take Baghdatis on.
Elsewhere, Fabio Fognini may be worth taking on with Tim Puetz, but anything looks possible in that match, while Mikhail Youzhny seems short against Jimmy Wang, but the Russian is now saying that his “health problems are over,” so that’s good news for him.
Kevin Anderson/Edouard Roger Vasselin has overs written all across it, while Radek Stepanek is not without a chance of causing some problems early on for Novak Djokovic.
The veteran Czech showed he can still play on this surface when beating Andy Murray at Queen’s and over 29.5 total games looks decent there at 1.85.
Back over 38.5 total games in Berdych/Tomic at 1.74
Back Mayer to beat Baghdatis at 2.90