Monday’s Wimbledon action is filled with the biggest names in tennis, including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. On the women’s side, the world No. 1, and several former No. 1s, are also back on court. We take a look at which players to pick, and which to leave out.
Novak Djokovic ($10,700)The world No. 1 will face some stiff competition from the rest of the big three. However, from his match against Hubert Hurkacz, you could see that Djokovic isn’t overly bothered by that threat right now. He has been beaten by opponents that are not close to him on paper several times over the past few years. He has a determination about the early points of the early rounds of grand slams, which should be evident in this match too.
Rafael Nadal ($10,500)You don’t see Nadal flustered often on the tennis court. There was just a glimpse that his match against Nick Kyrgios was personal. The win had further meaning for him, as evidenced by his atypically animated celebration. Middle Sunday would have helped just calm him down and re-focus for the second week.
Ashleigh Barty ($9,900)Barty, the world No. 1, has hardly been tested this year at Wimbledon. She hasn’t dropped a set yet. More impressively, she hasn’t looked like she would drop a set. Alison Riske, on the other hand, has won all her matches in three sets, which should be a factor in this match. The additional rest should aid Barty.
Simona Halep ($9,300)Cori Gauff is 15 years old. She has already made a lifetime of memories this fortnight. But her dream run will plausibly end on Monday against the class and experience of Halep. The former No. 1 has now slipped to No. 7 on the WTA rankings, but a deep run at Wimbledon will push her back into the reckoning for the top three.
Men’s Value Target
Roberto Bautista-Agut ($8,900)Bautista-Agut is terrific on clay because his consistency is hard to match. He has added another dimension to his game on grass with a bigger serve. Against Karen Khachanov in his previous match, he stood up on the big points, forced his opponent to play one more shot and eventually triumphed due to his superior skill. That should be the case against Benoit Paire too.
Women’s Value Pick
Elina Svitolina ($7,300)For a while now, Svitolina has lingered around the top 10. She has competed, fought and won many WTA matches, but she hasn’t done much in grand slams. It might be the occasion because the class is certainly there. Petra Martic has a strong baseline game and serve, but so does Svitolina. On paper, this is tight, but Svitolina might just have more on the line.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.