Wimbledon 2018 betting tips for Day 9: Four best tips for men's quarter-final day at The Championships

Andrew Hendrie in Tips 10 Jul 2018
  • Four best bets for men's quarter-final day on Wednesday July 11
  • Features Djokovic, Federer, del Potro and tiebreaks (Isner vs Raonic)
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It’s men’s quarter-final day at Wimbledon on Wednesday July 11 and we’ve picked out our best bets for each match via leading bookmaker LeoVegas.

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Novak Djokovic to beat Kei Nishikori in straight sets at 11/10, Wimbledon QF

It’s been a wonderful Wimbledon campaign for Kei Nishikori in 2018, but I think it comes to an emphatic end at the hands of a resurgent Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. Nishikori, who produced the best grass-court match of his career against Nick Kyrgios before overcoming an elbow injury to edge Ernests Gulbis in four sets in the Round of 16, is 0-12 against Djokovic since beating him in the U.S. Open semi-finals all the way back in 2014. The reason for this is because Djokovic simply does everything that Nishikori does that little bit better. Movement, return of serve, backhand - and most importantly - his serve has more pop on it. As a result, Nishikori is always fighting to hold serve, while Djokovic can enjoy some free points and some straightforward holds. Djokovic is playing better, is seemingly back to full fitness and loves playing on second-week grass at Wimbledon. I’m predicting a pretty routine serve for the three-time Wimbledon champion on Wednesday.

Roger Federer to beat Kevin Anderson in straight sets at 13/20, Wimbledon QF

Roger Federer’s comfortable Wimbledon title defence to date is set to continue when he takes on eighth seed Kevin Anderson for a spot in the semi-finals. Anderson’s biggest strength is of course his booming serve (although he has transformed into a great all-court player over the last two years), but the problem for the South African is that Federer is serving better than him these Championships - and when you add in the eight-time champion’s far superior baseline and net game, and Anderson is going to really struggle in this match-up. Federer has won 81 services games in a row at Wimbledon and is winning over 90 per cent of points when his first serve lands in. The Swiss is a master of dealing with big servers as well - he simply chips the ball back in play to start the point from neutral and he swiftly takes over from there. Anderson’s best chance is to take care of his own serve and hope for tiebreakers. But I’m not even sure he can make it that far. Federer to win this one easily and break his record for most consecutive Wimbledon sets won (needs to win in straights to eclipse previous mark of 34).

Juan Martin del Potro to beat Rafael Nadal (head to head) at 12/5, Wimbledon QF

Sticking my neck out and going for the upset in this one. Rafael Nadal is into his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011, and although he hasn’t faced tricky opponents (for him on grass), there is a reason for that - and that’s the conditions, with the heat drying up the courts, making the ball bounce higher and into his strike-zone. But, keep in mind that those sorts of conditions also suit the big frame of Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine has flown under the radar a bit at Wimbledon this fortnight, but apart from a tricky four-set win over Gilles Simon in the fourth round - which was played over two days due to darkness - he’s looked dominant and ready to challenge for this title. Nadal has won their last two Grand Slam matches at the U.S. Open and French Open, but grass is different and del Potro has the ability to blow Nadal off the court on this surface. Yes, logic for me screams Nadal in four, but I have a feeling a big gun is going to fall in the quarter-finals - and del Potro is the man to do it.

Milos Raonic vs John Isner: Total number of tiebreaks - Over 2.5 at 26/25, Wimbledon QF

What a match-up! (said one ever). I’m not even going to try and outline reasons for predicting a winner in this absolute coin toss, but you can bet your bottom dollar there’s going to be multiple tiebreaks. Seven of the nine sets Milos Raonic and John Isner have played have gone to tiebreaks, with Isner leading their head-to-head 3-1 - although this will be their first meeting on grass. The American better pray this doesn’t go to a fifth set, or he will be getting Nicolas Mahut flashbacks - but unlike that one, this match might never finish. The pair are unsurprisingly leading the tournament’s ace count and this quarter-final is seemingly destined to be decided by fine margins in tiebreaks. Whoever takes their chances is anyone’s guess, but over 2.5 tiebreaks seems like a solid bet to me.

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Wimbledon 2018 betting tips for Day 9: Four best tips for men's quarter-final day at The Championships

It’s men’s quarter-final day at Wimbledon on Wednesday July 11 and we’ve picked out our best bets for each match via leading bookmaker LeoVegas.

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