After nearly two weeks of thrilling tennis, we’re into the closing stages of Wimbledon 2019.
In the men’s draw, it’s very much a case of ‘as you were’.
The ‘Big Three’ of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have all come through unscathed from minor scares in earlier rounds to glide into this year’s semi-finals.
Current world No. 1 Djokovic looks to have the most favourable route to the final as he goes up against the rank outsider left in this tournament, 31-year-old Roberto Bautista Agut.
Check out our full betting preview of the 2019 Wimbledon semi-finals for the Men’s Singles and see who heads the latest tennis betting with Sunday’s final looming…
Wimbledon Semi Finals 2019 Predictions
Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer
In what looks to be the pick of the semi-finals the two all-time greats resume their rivalry. The pair have kept fans waiting – as they meet for the first time on the grass at Wimbledon since their epic 2008 final.
Tennis fans will be hoping this rematch lives up to that occasion – perhaps the greatest game in the history of tennis. Nadal took the spoils that day after a gruelling game lasting four hours and 48 minutes. He starts this match with most to prove, however, having only reached one semi-final since 2011.
Nevertheless, the Spaniard seems to have shaken off his persistent injury problems on grass and has looked in confident mood in this tournament, dropping only one set against the mercurial Nick Kyrgios in the second round. With a dearth of consistency currently on the men’s tour, a reunion with Federer will be Nadal’s first major stamina test of the tournament.
The ageless Roger Federer continues to show no signs of slowing down after bringing up 100 career wins at Wimbledon in his quarter-final win against Kei Nishikori. That makes it a record 13th semi-final appearance for the veteran Swiss star. At 38, he’ll be hoping that number isn’t unlikely as he takes on Rafa on Friday.
It hasn’t been completely plain sailing in this tournament for Federer having dropped his first set in this tournament against Lloyd Harris and briefly wobbled against Nishikori.
However, he’s showing few signs of fatigue either after reaching the final four of both the French Open and Wimbledon.
Can he dig deep and move a step closer to 21 Grand Slam titles on Friday?
Best Bets – Nadal vs Federer
Roger Federer to lose the first set but win the match – 26/5
Four sets at 43/25
Under 0.5 tie-breaks at 7/4
Novak Djokovic vs Roberto Bautista Agut
The reigning champion’s form is looking ominous for his opponents as Wimbledon 2019 heads towards its conclusion. A kind draw has helped the Serbian, with a relatively hassle-free route to the final four and a favourable semi-final opponent. Away from the French Open, he remains the man to beat on any surface. Djokovic will be conscious of the fact he is now only five shy of Roger Federer’s record 20 titles. A surprise loss here would be an opportunity wasted to close that gap.
Djokovic will surely look to race out of the traps against Bautista Agut and make light work of this semi-final ahead of what could be a bruising encounter against one of his traditional nemeses on Sunday.
The big question is – will Bautista Agut play ball?
The 31-year-old is in unfamiliar territory as he heads into the first Grand Slam semi-final of his career after 26 previous unsuccessful attempts. While an unremarkable career to date naturally means he starts this match as the rank outsider, Bautista Agut is enjoying something of a career purple patch on this year’s tour.
Quarter-final appearances at both the Australian Open and Miami Masters as well as this semi-final suggest Djokovic would be wise to guard against complacency. He’s also seen off three Top 30 players to reach this stage without breaking too much sweat.
Bautista Agut has absolutely nothing to lose, but he will need the game of his life on Friday to become an unlikely Wimbledon finalist.
Best Bets – Djokovic vs Bautista Agut
3 sets in total – 8/11
Under 7.5 games in the first set – 109/20
Odd number of games in the third set – 51/50
Novak Djokovic – 33/50
Rafael Nadal – 3/1
Roger Federer – 7/2
Roberto Bautista-Agut – 33/1
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