After some most unusual goings-on laid waste to several seeds in the second round, the remaining established players will sense their chances of going deep in the tournament have never been greater. It’s with this in mind that our 13/1 accumulator banks on some of the week’s more surprising victors getting cut down to size in round three.
Day three at Wimbledon saw an unlikely renaissance for the serve-and-volley style with former Wimbledon champions Lleyton Hewitt and the great Roger Federer sent packing by exponents of the somewhat moth-balled art.
Dustin Brown and Sergiy Stakhovsky – conquerors of Hewitt and Federer respectively – are back out again on day five and both are fancied to succumb at the very next opportunity, just as the likes of Lukas Rosol – who got the better of Rafael Nadal last year – have done before.
Brown’s serve looked like a fearsome weapon against Hewitt, but his world number 111-ranked opponent Adrian Mannarino has previous at dealing with the German-Jamaican’s most potent weapon having beaten him twice, most recently at this year’s Sarajevo Challenger on hard-court.
The Italian was able to come through two tie-breaks in that clash and is fancied to bring his opponent back to earth.
Like Brown, Stakhovksy had no real pedigree on grass before his shock victory over the defending champion, unlike his third round adversary Jurgen Melzer.
The world number 37 has won doubles titles on the lawns of SW19 twice this decade and it’s believed his greater familiarity with his surroundings will enable him to best an opponent who may find it hard to lift himself for this clash after his second round heroics.
Another surprise winner who looks worth taking on is Ernests Gulbis, who put out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round. The Frenchman was struggling with an injury before the match had even begun and Gulbis’ previous record on grass doesn’t make encouraging reading.
Fernando Verdasco – who he’ll face on day five – overcame Julien Benneteau in straight sets to reach this stage and sent home useful grass court practitioner Xavier Malisse in the match before that.
Finally, Juan Monaco overcame a sluggish start against an opponent ranked in the 80s at world level to prevail in the previous round – when putting out Rajeev Ram – and is fancied to dispatch a similarly rated opponent in Kenny De Schepper, who is only present at this stage of the competition due to an injury to Marin Cilic.
Wimbledon men’s day five selections
Adrian Mannarino to beat Dustin Brown @ 5/4
Jurgen Melzer to beat Sergiy Stakhovsky @ Evens
Fernando Verdasco to beat Ernests Gulbis @ 11/10
Juan Monaco to beat Kenny De Schepper @ 4/11
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.