The last day of action before Middle Sunday will see all the crowd favorites in action at Wimbledon, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. Who else should make up your slate for Saturday?
Roger Federer ($10,800) and Rafael Nadal ($10,100)The legacy is ending. Federer and Nadal have had some epic Wimbledon battles, and although both players are slowly on their way out, they are still too good for some of the younger players on the circuit. Both players should ease their way through to the next round with comfortable wins.
Kei Nishikori ($9,800)Nishikori has been impressive so far in Wimbledon. He hasn’t dropped a set, and he has looked every bit the player he was at his best. Steve Johnson ($5,200) is in the middle of an inspiring story after losing his father in an emotional few years. However, Nishikori is far too good on paper. And this is far too big an occasion for Nishikori not to bring his best.
Serena Williams ($8,700)It was Williams that knocked Julia Goerges ($6,200) out of the Wimbledon last year too. The narrative, in terms of quality and experience, hasn’t changed much, which means that Williams shouldn’t find this match too hard to get through. Williams has stuttered, dropping a set in her previous match, but it’s hard to see Goerges putting up a sustained period of pressure to upset Williams.
Men’s Value Target
Diego Schwartzman ($5,600)Yes, Schwartzman is primarily a clay-court player, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the talent to compete on the faster grass courts. His preparation for the Wimbledon included wins against Karen Khachanov and Fabio Fognini in the Boodles Exhibition, followed by two convincing victories in the Wimbledon so far. At the very least, expect Schwartzman to make Matteo Berrettini ($9,600) work for his win, which should provide value for his price.
Women’s Value Pick
Sloane Stephens ($6,400)Women’s tennis has seen several grand slam champions that have fallen away dramatically in the last few years. Stephens hasn’t fallen, but she certainly hasn’t risen either. There’s no reason for Stephens not to make it deep into grand slams. She has a strong serve and an extremely steady baseline game. This is the time to stamp her authority on the women’s game again, by beating the home favorite with the crowd against her.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.