Getting off to a good start in these arduous best-of-five-sets Grand Slam face-offs is undeniably paramount so we’ve put three quarters of our 11/1 day six accumulator in the hands of men who are expected to sip their barley water at the end of the first set in a winning position.
World number six Tomas Berdych is known for his ability to inflict defeat on the game’s very best players – having beaten Rafa Nadal at the French Open and Novak Djokovic on various occasions – but he’ll not be confronting one of them in the third round.
Kevin Anderson is his foe and the form book is unusually comprehensive with a view to their clash, thanks to eight meetings in the past two years. The Czech has taken six of them – including the last four – in straight sets and is expected to prevail in the same manner.
On a form line through Milos Raonic, Ivan Dodig can get the better of third round foe Igor Sijsling. The latter came through a 7-5 set and a tie break against the Canadian in the second round, whereas his Serbian opponent smashed a 6-2 set past Raonic at Eastbourne.
Dodig put out Philipp Kohlschreiber – a man tipped by many to make an impression in this year’s tournament after reaching the quarter-final in 2012 – in the first round and he can get the better of a tight match on day six.
Richard Gasquet and Bernard Tomic’s past history is a one-way street, with the Frenchman winning the four sets they have previously fought out. Gasquet slipped up in his first set at this year’s tournament, but made no mistake in the opener of his second round tie, bagelling Go Soeda and he’s fancied to continue the theme against Tomic on his way to taking the match.
Another who is fancied to catch the first set worm is Japanese world number 11 Kei Nishikori. The right-hander served out a 6-3 first set success in his only previous meeting with Andreas Seppi and he’s won through to this stage without dropping a set.
Seppi on the other hand, has been taken to seven games to win the first sets of his two Wimbledon matches so far and failed to win by more than a 6-4 margin in his pre-SW19 warm-up tournament, losing the first set twice in the early rounds at Eastbourne. Seppi is respected however and as a result the somewhat conservative bet is merely Nishikori to win the first stanza.
Men’s Wimbledon day six selections
Tomas Berdych to beat Kevin Anderson 2-0 @ 11/8
Ivan Dodig to beat Igor Sijsling @ 5/6
Richard Gasquet to win the first set and the match against Bernard Tomic @ 8/15
Kei Nishikori to win the first set against Andreas Seppi @ 8/15