As the men’s quarter-final stage arrives at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal has been the only truly unexpected casualty thus far, meaning several big name competitors are in action today.
Roger Federer -5.5 to beat Mikhail Youzhny @ 1/2
Six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will meet Mikhail Youzhny, who has reached the quarter-final of the tournament for the first time in his career.
Federer’s advancement, in contrast, meant he set a new record as the first player to qualify for 33 Grand Slam quarter-finals in succession, and he did so by means of a 3-1 win over Xavier Malisse, despite suffering from back trouble.
The Swiss legend eventually victored six games to the good of his opponent, and he can repeat that feat against his Russian opponent here at 1/2, especially as he has won all 13 of their previous meetings.
Novak Djokovic to beat Florian Mayer 3-0 @ 3/10
Tournament favourite Novak Djokovic could be in line for a yet more convincing triumph meanwhile, as he heads into his last-eight showdown with Florian Mayer in scintillating form.
It took Djokovic only 90 minutes to best fellow Serb Viktor Troicki, and the defending champion looks good to record another straight sets success against Mayer, whose quarter-final berth represents the furthest he has ever progressed at a Grand Slam.
Djokovic has dropped only one set all tournament, and punters should lap up the 3/10 odds about him sweeping all before him today.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga -4.5 to beat Phillip Kohlschreiber @ 1/1
Elsewhere, French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be hoping for a more straightforward progression to the last four, as he meets Philipp Kohlschreiber, who is fresh from a straight sets win over Brian Baker.
Tsonga, 1/3 to win the match by any means, eventually overcame Mardy Fish in a fourth-round clash dominated by rain and medical timeouts, to reach the last eight at SW19 for the third successive year.
Without as many widespread distractions on-court today, the powerful Frenchman can make light of a 4.5 game handicap at 1/1 to make the semi-final.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.