2017 Wimbledon Recap

Another sensational fortnight of tennis. It was some old names who lead the way this year. Roger Federer wound back the clock and produced some scintillating tennis for two weeks where he didn’t drop a single set. It a record 8th Wimbledon title for Federer who consolidates his claim to being the greatest player of all time.

Garbiñe Muguruza claimed her second grand slam title after a terrific fortnight. She was able to go one better than in 2015 where she lost to Serena Williams in the final. At just 23 she has a big future ahead of her. She defeated veteran Venus Williams who made a great run to the final but fell short on the final Saturday.

 

Who Impressed

Roger Federer – Just a phenomenal effort. Nobody came close. The tennis he is producing at 36 is incredible – and he doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon. Blitzed Marin Čilić in the final.

Gilles Müller – A great run. Defeated Nadal on the way to a quarter-final. Was unlucky not to progress further.

Sam Querrey – For the second straight year Querrey had a great run at Wimbledon. He bettered his quarter-final run of last year by reaching the semis.

Garbiñe Muguruza – Was absolutely sensational in the second week of the tournament. Took down number 1 Angelique Kerber and then cruised to the title

Venus Williams – Had a tough final but is playing some great tennis at 37. Wound back the clock to put in some great performances.

Magdaléna Rybáriková – Came into the tournament ranked outside the top 100 and made it all the way to the semi’s. Has now jumped into the top 40.

Who Disappointed

Stan Wawrinka – Another poor showing at Wimbledon this year from Stan the Man. Whilst grass is his least favourite surface, he would’ve expected a better performance than a Day 1 exit.

Juan Martín del Potro – Expected a bit better from big Delpo. Was defeated by Gulbis in the first round rather easily. He will be looking forward to the American hardcourt season.

Karolína Plíšková – Many predicted Plíšková to be one of the big favourites for the title this year. She would be disappointed by her second round exit.

 

Where to Next…

The summer hard-court season in North America commences within the next few weeks. The Rogers Cup in Canada and Cincinnati masters are the two major lead-up tournaments prior to the US Open which commences late next month.

Men’s Wimbledon Final Preview

(7) Marin Čilić (CRO) vs (3) Roger Federer (SUI)

It’s the biggest match of the year on the men’s calendar and it always produces two of the highest quality players in the world. This year is no exception with Marin Čilić to take on the great Roger Federer for the 2017 Wimbledon title.

Federer is chasing an incredible 8th Wimbledon title in a year where he has not only re-invented his game, but again, at almost 36 years of age, become the best player in the world. He has only lost two matches for the entire year and and already has 4 titles under his belt including the Australian Open despite skipping the entire clay season.

The Swiss Maestro’s opponent is also no stranger to grand slam glory. Having triumphed at the US Open in 2014, Čilić is aiming to add the Wimbledon silverware to his trophy cabinet and become the first man from his country to do so since Goran Ivanišević in 2001.

Federer holds a 6-1 record over Čilić but the Croatian has defeated Federer in a grand slam match and also pushed him to 5 sets in the quarters here last year. Like that match, this one also has the potential go the distance and I’m expecting exceptional quality in tonight’s final.

 

How Marin Čilić will win…

Čilić’s game is based around a big serve and powerful groundstrokes, particularly from the back of the court. He is a big underdog going into this match so he will have to play at an elite level for extended periods and not let Roger get a run on. I think the Croatian’s serve will be the key in this match if he is to have any chance of winning. He will need to be serving extremely well and forcing Federer into tie-breaks. Where he can, he will need to be as aggressive as possible with his groundstrokes and try and hit Federer off the court. Čilić was sensational in the first 2 sets of his quarter final against Federer here last year until Roger was able to reel him in. He will have to play at a similar level but for longer if he is to win tonight.

How Roger Federer will win…

After an extended period off last year, Federer has re-invented himself and come out in 2017 a new player. He is playing with a level of freedom that I have not seen for almost 10 years and now doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses in his game at all. His serve, volley and forehand have always been strong but this year it is his return of serve and particularly his backhand which he has been using to destroy opponents. He doesn’t seem to have lost much in the way of his footwork so his movement and fitness is not an issue. I expect Federer to serve extremely well and be aggressive against his taller opponent. If Roger can return well enough, particularly on the second serves of Čilić, he will be too good. His backhand return of serve in particular has been exceptional this year, he is taking the shot earlier the previously and is catching even the best opponents completely off-guard. In my mind, Federer would have to have quite an off day to fall short in this final.

Prediction

Federer is on the cusp of greatness as he looks to surpass Pete Sampras and become the sole record holder for the most Wimbledon titles won. Čilić is also having a great few years and I am not surprised to see him in the last match of a major once again. It is a big task for him tonight but I expect him to go down swinging and he certainly has the game to push Federer hard should he be on song.

Federer has been in devastating form this tournament having not dropped a single set. It’s also worth noting he didn’t drop a single set in the lead-up tournament in Halle either. As such, it’s hard to see Čilić get the better of him tonight. I expect Federer to be too strong and am tipping him to go through and claim an 8th Wimbledon title, this time without dropping a single set.

Federer in 3 sets

Ladies’ Wimbledon Final Preview

(14) Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs (10) Venus Williams (USA)

At 37 years of age, Venus Williams is vying for her first Grand Slam title in 9 years and her 6th Wimbledon title. After a few years in relative tennis wilderness, Venus has returned to the top of her game and been in sensational form this year.

Her opponent, Garbiñe Muguruza, is also no stranger when it comes to winning majors having won last year’s French Open. Muguruza has played some great tennis over the past fortnight and will play off in her second Wimbledon final.

Both these players are big hitters and I expect a final with plenty of big shotmaking, strong serving and attacking play. It’s extremely close on paper so let’s have a look at the matchup.

How Garbiñe Muguruza will win…

Muguruza has served well this tournament but it’s been her finishing from both the back of the court and the net that has helped her get the better of opponents. She is solid on both forehand and backhand sides but she has also shown a willingness to come into the net to finish off points. Williams has been rock solid from the back of the court this tournament so Muguruza will need to pick her approach shots well. If she does this and doesn’t allow Williams the opportunities to set herself up for big groundstrokes, she could be too good.

How Venus Williams will win…

Venus has been serving well and she will use this again as one of her strengths in order to set up the remainder of the point. Both players have been playing attacking tennis so we could see similar game styles but I think it’s important that Venus doesn’t get the run around from Muguruza and that she controls the points. If Venus serves well she will be tough to break and she can then put pressure straight back on Muguruza.

Prediction

It’s a great matchup on paper. Both players have similar game styles and I believe it could come down to who is able to play the more consistent tennis over 3 sets. Both players will go after their shots and try and win points early on in the rally.

Venus Williams knows this is probably one of her last chances to win a major and I think she won’t be denied the chance. Tough one to pick, but I’m selecting the veteran to get up in a tight final.

Williams in 3 sets

Browny’s Tips – Wimbledon Day 8

Safe Bets

Andy Murray @ $1.15 – I’m picking another win for Murray. Can’t see Querrey getting the better of him. Also like Murray in straight sets for those willing to take more of a risk.

Worth a Punt

Gilles Müller @ $4.70 – Great value for Müller against Cilic. Both big servers so am expecting a few tiebreaks in which anything can happen.

Milos Raonic @ $4.90 – Beat Federer here last year in 5 sets and is almost $5 in tonight’s quarter-final. Federer the red-hot favourite but Raonic has the game to get the job done on grass.

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Browny’s Tips – Wimbledon Day 8

Worth a Punt

Ryan Harrison & Michael Venus @ $2.67 – These two have been finding a way to win and have been terrific at the death. Big task against top seeds Kontinen & Peers but decent value here for the 10th seeds.

Jeļena Ostapenko @ $2.19 – Continues her winning ways. Should be a cracking matchup against Venus Williams. Value for Ostapenko I think.

 

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Browny’s Tips – Wimbledon Day 7

Safe Bets

Andy Murray @ $1.12 – Unfortunately for Benoît Paire I don’t give him much chance against Andy Murray. The defending champ to be too solid.

Worth a Punt

Grigor Dimitrov @ $5.80 – Dimitrov has been in exceptional form in his first few matches. This is the first real test for Roger Federer. This one should be a cracker of a match and I see a bit of value for Grigor here.

Jeļena Ostapenko @ $2.10 – Ostapenko in great form and Svitolina, whilst also playing well is not a renowned grass courter. Shapes as a very even matchup.

Agnieszka Radwańska @ $2.72 – Great value here for Radwańska against Svetlana Kuznetsova. I think these odds should be more evenly matched and I like the odds for Radwańska in this match.

Angelique Kerber @ $2.44 – Kerber the outsider with the bookies against Muguruza. Kerber the number 1 ranked player in the world and is playing a lot better than she was prior to Wimbledon.

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Browny’s Tips – Wimbledon Day 6

Safe Bets

Garbiñe Muguruza @ $1.26 – Muguruza has been strong in her first two matches and I expect her to get the job done here against Sorana Cîrstea of Romania.

Worth a Punt

Adrian Mannarino @ $5.50 – Historically plays his best tennis at Wimbledon and is up against fellow countryman Gaël Monfils. Monfils has always stuggled at Wimbledon and never made the second week.

Ernests Gulbis @ $9.50 – I’m putting Gulbis in here becuase Djokovic has been very shaky of late. Gulbis is also in great form having clinically dispatched Juan Martin del Potro in the second round in straight sets. Not sure how well Djokovic is playing yet so $9.50 is big odds this considered.

Agnieszka Radwańska @ $2.44 – Interestingly the 9th seed is the outsider with the bookies against Timea Bacsinszky. I’m backing Radwańska to win this one and at odds of almost $2.50, it’s worth a cheeky bet I think.

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Browny’s Tips – Wimbledon Day 5

Safe Bets

Marin Čilić @ $1.15 – Čilić has started Wimbledon very well and I expect his form to continue as he should account for American Steve Johnson.

Kevin Anderson @ $1.12 – Anderson should have too much firepower for Ruben Bemelmans.

Simona Halep @ $1.37 – Halep has started Wimbledon extremely well and she should be too good for Peng Shuai.

Worth a Punt

Fabio Fognini @ $10.25 – Understandably Andy Murray is the heavy favourite going into this match but Fognini has a decent record against him (3-3) and beat him in straight sets at Rome a few months back. Grass is obviously a different game but these are huge odds and I reckon worth a small bet, especially with Murray’s injury worries.

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Browny’s Tips – Wimbledon Day 4

Safe Bets

Mischa Zverev @ $1.17 – Zverev’s serve & volley game will be very well suited to the outside courts in the first week. Was too good for Bernard Tomic in the first round and I expect him to prove too difficult for Mikhail Kukushkin.

Coco Vandeweghe @ $1.24 – Coco should have too much power for Tatjana Maria of Germany.

Karolína Plíšková @ $1.27 – I expect Plíšková to have little trouble against Magdaléna Rybáriková and progress to the third round.

Worth a Punt

Kyle Edmund @ $4.45 – Value here for Edmund in front of his home crowd. Monfils not at his most comfortable on grass either. Edmund a decent chance.

Ernests Gulbis @ $7 – Very long odds for Gulbis against Del Potro but Gulbis was dominant in his first round match. A big hitter which works on this surface as well.

Ekaterina Makarova @ $3.12 – Makarova has a solid grand slam record and could push fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova has the better record head to head but Makarova has won their only previous meeting on grass.

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Browny’s Tips – Wimbledon Day 3

Safe Bets

Kevin Anderson @ $1.24 – Aside from his slow start, Anderson looked very solid in his first round match against Verdasco. Should be too good for Seppi on this surface.

Venus Williams @ $1.23 – Expecting Venus to progress to the 3rd round by defeating Qiang Wang of China.

Worth a Punt

Lukáš Rosol @ $5.80 – Rosol famously knock Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon a few years back and is comfortable playing on the grass. I expect this match to stay on serve for a majority of the time and we could see multiple breakers. Value for Rosol if this is the case.

Jiří Veselý @ $2.11 – The big server plays Fabio Fognini who is probably playing on his least favourite surface. Veselý reached the fourth round here last year so has had some success at Wimbledon.

Jerzy Janowicz @ $3.12 – Decent value for the big Pole against Lucas Pouille. The grass courts will be very well suited to Janowicz’s big serving and it could prove troublesome for Pouille.

Elena Vesnina @ $2.76 – Last year’s semi-finalist plays Victoria Azarenka who has just returned to the tour. Value here for Vesnina I think considering how little tennis Azarenka has played.

Donna Vekić @ $4.10 – Great value her for Donna Vekić against Johanna Konta. These two played in the lead-up tournament just over a week ago in Nottingham with Vekić getting the win. Great value at over $4.

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