The No. 1 Men’s tennis player is back on court Wednesday. We take a look at the other targets and value picks for this slate.
Novak Djokovic ($11,000)This phase of Djokovic’s career has come full circle. It was at Wimbledon that his downward spiral began, with an astonishing defeat to Sam Querrey in four sets in 2016. Injury and subsequent loss of form saw Djokovic in arguably the worst period of his career. Then, he turned it all around last year with the coveted title. The thing with champions is they don’t forget their struggles easily. Djokovic won’t be taking anything granted throughout this fortnight.
Kevin Anderson ($10,400)The grass plays to Anderson’s strength. Occasionally, he plays within himself from the baseline, but he has started to show more aggression, at least with his forehand. His serve is one of the hardest to face in Men’s tennis. Together, that should make a lethal combination for Janko Tipsarevic ($3,400) to deal with.
Madison Keys ($9,400)On paper, Keys should be doing a lot more on grass, considering her strengths. However, that baseline prowess and strong serve hasn’t translated into too much success. She cruised through in straight sets in her first round against Luksika Kumkhum. Round two will be more challenging, but you’d expect Keys to be strong again, on paper.
Other options: Caroline Wozniacki ($8,600)
Men’s Value Picks
Karen Khachanov ($8,000)The reason for Khachanov’s low price is the quality of his opponent. Feliciano Lopez Diaz-Guerra ($6,800) has been here so many times, and while he may not be a Wimbledon champion, he can certainly compete. But Khachanov is no pushover. He’s young, hungry and determined to make his mark on a grand slam. Most importantly, he has the game to back up that grit.
Ivo Karlovic ($7,000)Aces and tiebreaks are usually the headlines of any match involving Karlovic. The aces rack up but tiebreaks are usually where matches are won and lost. Thomas Fabbiano ($7,400) upset Stefanos Tsitsipas in five hard-fought sets in the first round. For Karlovic, he brushed off Andrea Arnaboldi in straight sets. Time on court be a crucial factor considering many sets will be pushed to the tiebreaker here.
Women’s Value Pick
Magdalena Ryabarikova ($8,400)Ryabarikova’s match will attract plenty of eyeballs, primarily for her opponent. Cori Gauff ($6,400), all of 15 years old, stunned her idol Venus Williams in the first round with enviable composure. However, there are several variables with a 15-year-old player on the biggest occasion in tennis. Ryabarikova, 139th in the WTA rankings, hasn’t done much recently, but she has the experience to stay in the moment.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.