Three of the four semifinalists in the men’s draw in Wimbledon betting action were awfully expected. That being said, it’s no surprise that Novak Djokovic is here, but his opponent in Friday’s semifinal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was a tremendous shock.
Tsonga has always been in that next tier of men’s tennis players that could be the next big thing on the courts. However, this is the time that the Frenchman could really be shining. He has been in the semifinals of Grand Slam events twice before, but both of those were on the hard courts of the Australian Open. His previous best effort here at Wimbledon was a quarterfinals appearance last year. Tsonga looked to be down and out in his quarterfinal bout this year with Roger Federer, who was previously 178-0 when ahead two sets to love in Grand Slam events going into the third set in his career. However, Tsonga never gave up and found a way to break Federer one time in each of the last three sets, while holding his serve perfectly through all three of those sets as well. It was the first true struggle for Tsonga in this tournament, and it is clear that he is going to have to put together an even bigger match than what he had against Federer to take care of Djokovic, who has the best record in tennis this year.
The one loss that Djokovic suffered this year was in the semifinals of the French Open, and though he probably would have rather gotten his hands on Federer once again, he has to be relieved that he is going to be dealing with Tsonga instead of arguably the best player in the history of tennis. This is the fifth straight major tournament in which the Serb has made it into the semifinals, but he only has two finals in this stretch to boot. There was just a short period of time in which we had to think that Djokovic was in trouble against Bernard Tomic in the quarterfinals, as Djokovic was down a break in the third set after losing the second set to the Aussie. However, he was absolutely phenomenal from that point forward and dominated the rest of the match as we were expecting at the outset. That second set against Tomic was only the second set in which Djokovic dropped in this tournament, and to some, even that might be remotely surprising.
We love Tsonga, but there is a real question whether he will have anything left in the tank after having to fight for five sets on Wednesday against Federer. This is the type of match that Djokovic has to be salivating over, and when push comes to shove, he shouldn’t drop even a set in this battle. Take Djokovic -200 for an easy romp.
Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.