We’re now at the business end of our Wimbledon predictions and have a near-15/1 double from the men’s singles semi-finals.
All four players left in this event have impressed over the past fortnight and it will be a surprise to us if either match is a blow-out.
Matteo Berrettini to beat Hubert Hurkacz 3-1 @ 3/1
Hurkacz is a grand slam semi-final debutant who commands respect following back-to-back victories over Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer.
The little-known Polish player has been serving incredibly well and that will give him every chance of being competitive again here.
However, Berrettini can just about match him in that department and has a better all-round game in our book.
This is the Italian’s second grand slam semi-final and he feels that will stand him in good stead.
“Obviously, (at the 2019) US Open I didn’t know before the tournament that I could achieve that,” said the 25-year-old.
“Now, stepping in this tournament, I knew that I could do it. I know that also the run is not over. So, it’s different.
“I just felt that I’m a better player now. I have more experience. I had more matches on my shoulders.
“Everything that I am achieving, it’s great but it’s not something I didn’t expect.”
That calm, assured mentality may prove the difference in the key moments of a tight tussle.
Novak Djokovic to beat Denis Shapovalov 3-1 @ 29/10
Shapovalov deserves plenty of credit for his efforts at the All England Club and has done it both ways, with a couple of smooth straight sets victories, plus two five-set epics.
The Canadian has the talent to pose Djokovic problems and is tipped to pinch a set but it will still take a brave man to bet against the five-time champion here.
Most pundits reckon Djokovic has yet to hit peak form in SW19 but that hasn’t stopped him winning 15 straight sets since getting off to a shaky start versus Britain’s Jack Draper.
The 34-year-old, who is closing in on a 20th grand slam title following his recent French Open success, insists he is feeling sharp.
“I’m pleased with the way I’ve been feeling and hitting the ball,” said Djokovic. “I’m confident. I don’t need any extra time on the court, to be honest.
“Actually, on the contrary, I want to stay as little as possible and conserve energy for the most important matches.”
A 6-0 head-to-head advantage and all of that grand slam experience should enable the Serbian superstar to ease through his toughest test to date.
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