Roger Federer will NOT be crowned Wimbledon champion this summer. The eight-time winner fell short against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Wednesday afternoon; much to the dismay of tennis fans across the world. However, Federer’s exit opens up the chance for a change of the guard.
Anderson will now face American giant John Isner on Friday afternoon. The world number 10 will be quietly confident in this battle of the big servers but Anderson will be difficult to stop in his pursuit of Grand Slam glory.
Two of tennis’ biggest stars will collide in the second semi-final. 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic will be quietly confident of coming out on top against 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and neutrals will be looking forward to this contest more than the first contest.
According to 888sport’s latest markets, both men are priced at 29/20 to win the Wimbledon title this summer. The winner of that second semi-final will be a short-priced favourite to lift the trophy on Sunday and tennis bettors will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of this titanic battle.
Kevin Anderson vs John Isner
Anderson cannot ponder over that Federer triumph for too long; it is time to focus on Isner and Friday’s semi-final. The South African came from two sets down to emerge victorious against Federer and he will be hoping for a more comfortable afternoon in the final four.
It will not be straightforward by any means but 10/11 for Anderson to prevail represents solid value in the latest betting. The eighth seed is ready to step up to the next level as he looks to cement his status as one of the sport’s top players.
Isner has been superb since his brief scare against Ruben Bemelmans – he has dropped just one set against Milos Raonic in three matches. The American has recorded 20+ aces in his last four games and his big serve could give him the edge on Friday afternoon.
This one is likely to go with serve and any break could prove decisive. Anderson has faith in his own ability and the South African might just about edge this one. It should be a close contest though and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see over 4.5 sets land. Djokovic and Nadal fans will be hoping for an energy-sapping contest.
TIP: Kevin Anderson to win @ 10/11
Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal
This is the big one. Djokovic hasn’t reached a Grand Slam final since 2016 and the Serbian will be desperate to end that run here. He has an 85% winning record at Wimbledon and it would take a brave man to back against him in this contest.
A first Wimbledon crown since winning back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015 beckons if the former world number one finds his best form. Over 4.5 sets at 21/10 is worth considering as both players will be determined to leave everything on the court. This could be a memorable encounter…
Nadal has failed to inspire confidence at Wimbledon since reaching the final in 2011. This is the Spaniard’s weakest event by some distance; although he does have an 81% win rate. It certainly isn’t going to be a one-sided affair and neutrals will be hoping for an exciting clash between two of tennis’ all-time greats.
Backing an outright winner in this clash is tough; both players are in fantastic form and this has all the makings of an exciting semi-final. It could actually turn out to be a better match than the final if Djokovic and Nadal are both on top form.
TIP: Over 4.5 sets @ 21/10
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*