The second round of Wimbledon from both draws culminates on Thursday, with some of the biggest names in action. We delve into which players to target, and which to leave out in your roster.
Roger Federer ($11,000)Federer’s Wimbledon campaign got off to a shocking start, dropping his first set to Lloyd Harris. He quickly resumed normal service, but that’s not a bad thing for Federer. If you’re worried about Federer’s form, don’t be. He has won six consecutive matches, including five en route to the title in Halle. He’ll turn up again and rack up some fantasy points.
Kei Nishikori ($10,000)Nishikori has been something of a paradox in Men’s tennis. He has great skill, he’s fit and nimble on the court and is extremely consistent, all the characteristics to win several grand slams. While he has contended for titles, he hasn’t really owned his moments. With age slowly catching up, chances are quickly running out. Whether he wins Wimbledon or not, he is certainly too good for Cameron Norrie in this match.
Serena Williams ($9,600)Williams is an overwhelming favorite to win her second-round match against Kaja Juvan. But it still feels like Williams is being underestimated on account of her recent form and events. It’s true she’s not at her best, but the story of great players and big occasions never gets old in sport. Williams should make it very deep in this competition, beginning with a cruise through her second round.
Men’s Value Targets
Rafael Nadal ($8,800)Nadal is a steal at this price, irrespective of his opponent. Sure, Nick Kyrgios brings unpredictability and he has a history with Nadal. However, Nadal will be typically unfazed and focused on winning. He cruised past Yuichi Sugita in his first round, while Kyrgios needed five sets to beat Jordan Thompson. All factors are in Nadal’s favor.
Fabio Fognini ($7,800)Fognini is more in Kyrgios’ mould of play than Nadal’s: occasionally erratic and led by emotion. That has changed over the years, with experience and modesty that family life brings. Fognini won a hard-fought, five-setter against Frances Tiafoe in the first round, but he has more skill and experience to handle this match.
Women’s Value Pick
Katerina Siniakova ($7,200)Johanna Konta will have the crowd behind her, but she will need more to put away Siniakova, who has a nice run of form in the lead-up to Wimbledon, including a win against Naomi Osaka in the French Open. Siniakova, ranked 38 in the WTA rankings, also won her only encounter against Konta, in Shenzhen back in 2017.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.