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Wimbledon day 14 preview: Novak Djokovic out to make history

Billed as a battle between the next generation of tennis and the old guard, Carlos Alcaraz versus Novak Djokovic is the Wimbledon men's final we have all been waiting for and Sunday's battle on Centre Court should not disappoint.

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There is plenty riding on this final from the world number one spot to Djokovic's pursuit of a 24th Grand Slam title.

WhatCarlos Alcaraz vs Novak Djokovic
WhereAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
When14:00, Sunday 16th July 2023
How to watchBBC and Eurosport
OddsCarlos Alcaraz 13/8, Novak Djokovic 8/15

Top seed Alcaraz desperate to upset the odds 

The warning signs were there from Spanish ace Alcaraz, who warmed up for Wimbledon with a sublime Queen's Club Championship campaign, easing past Alex de Minaur in the final. 

Previously the faster surface had been considered his weakest but the 21-year-old heads into Sunday's match on an 11-match winning run on the grass courts. 

His semi-final triumph at Wimbledon was seriously impressive as he dismantled Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-3 6-3, capitalising on the third seed's deep position behind the baseline with his deft touch, array of drop shots and serious power. 

That win means Alcaraz has become the fourth youngest men's Wimbledon finalist and it was also his 46th tour-level victory of the season - no player has won more matches on the tour in 2023. Alcaraz of course already has a Grand Slam title to his name, having won the US Open last year, and his head-to-head record with veteran Djokovic stands at 1-1. 

The concern for Alcaraz, however, is that Djokovic beat him only last month in the semi-finals of the French Open despite the Spaniard being favourite. And while it was hard enough competing with Djokovic in Paris, taking down the Serbian where he shines brightest at Wimbledon will require a Herculean effort.

Tough to oppose history-maker Djokovic 

Despite all the talk surrounding Alcaraz being the future of men's tennis, Djokovic is still the king of Centre Court at Wimbledon and can regain top spot in the ATP rankings with victory on Sunday. 

The 36-year-old has not lost on Centre Court at the All England Club since 2013 and is on a 34-match winning streak at the grass-court major. 

Djokovic is targeting a fifth straight Wimbledon title - and a record eighth in total - while victory in Sunday's final would also mean he draws level with Margaret Court on a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles. 

Experience is of course on Djokovic's side - the age gap between the players is the third largest in a men's major final - and Alcaraz crumbled psychologically when they met in France, admitting himself he did not enjoy playing the first set of that semi-final. 

Djokovic has the added incentive of a Calendar Grand Slam in his sights after winning the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year and he is suitably priced to come out on top at 8/15

Many feel a win for Alcaraz on Sunday could represent a changing of the guard with Roger Federer retired and the careers of both Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray potentially coming to an end within the coming seasons. But those in want of that may be made to wait by Djokovic, who is a different beast at SW19.

Centre Court could be in for a mammoth battle 

But while Djokovic's experience and love of Centre Court at Wimbledon should see him over the line, it has not always been plain sailing for the Serbian and he could be run close by Alcaraz, who has matured in the last year or so. 

Djokovic dismantled Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-4 7-6 last time out but faced resistance earlier in the tournament with his match against Hubert Hurkacz featuring 48 games and two tiebreaks, while he lost the opening set of his quarter-final with Andrey Rublev. 

Both meetings between Djokovic and Alcaraz have been close with their French Open tussle going to four sets and their encounter at the Madrid Masters also featuring two tiebreaks as Alcaraz prevailed. With that in mind, the best bet could be to simply back over 40.5 games at 5/6.

But for those eager to back a result, one could do worse than to back Djokovic to win a mammoth Centre Court battle 3-2, which looks a touch overpriced at 4/1.

Wimbledon preview - Day 13

A new Wimbledon women's singles champion will be crowned on day 13 of the Championships as Marketa Vondrousova and Ons Jabeur clash in the final on Centre Court.

This is Jabeur's second successive Wimbledon final as she looks to make amends for last year's defeat to Elena Rybakina, while Czech ace Vondrousova can celebrate being the first unseeded Wimbledon women's finalist in the Open Era.

WhatMarketa Vondrousova vs Ons Jabeur
WhereAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
When14:00, Saturday 15th July 2023
How to watchBBC and Eurosport
OddsMarketa Vondrousova 15/8, Ons Jabeur 4/9

Jabeur cuts a determined figure at SW19 

In 2022, Wimbledon was a deflating experience for Tunisian Jabeur who had become the first Arab to reach a major singles final. 

But against Rybakina on Centre Court, it was not to be as Jabeur crumbled after winning the first set to lose the 2022 Wimbledon women's singles final 3-6 6-2 6-2. 

This year, however, it looks as though Jabeur means business and she will be hoping it is a case of third time lucky after losing her other two Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon and the US Open last year. 

The quality of opponents taken down by Jabeur at the All England Club this month deserves attention. In the last three rounds, the 28-year-old has beaten Petra Kvitova (ninth seed), Elena Rybakina (defending champion and third seed) and Aryna Sabalenka (second seed). 

She is the first woman to have beaten three players in the top 10 at Wimbledon since Serena Williams in 2012 and she showed terrific mental resolve in her last two contests.

Against both Rybakina and Sabalenka, Jabeur recovered from losing the opening set on a tiebreak and against the latter she found herself two games from defeat, only to fight back and win 6-7 6-4 6-3. 

That winning mentality should not go unnoticed and it is easy to see why she is priced at 4/9 to win the Wimbledon women's singles final at the second attempt.

Vondrousova looks to continue fine record against Tunisian 

Jabeur has enjoyed quite the journey at Wimbledon in the last year or so, but the rise of Czech star Vondrousova is also mightily impressive. 

The calibre of players she has defeated may not be quite as eye-catching as Jabeur, but she looked ruthless in her 6-3 6-3 undoing of a spirited Elina Svitolina last time out and dumped out fourth seed Jessica Pegula in the quarter-finals. 

The left-hander is the first unseeded Wimbledon women's finalist in the Open Era and knows the odds are stacked against her - she is rated 15/8 to win. 

Vondrousova also plays a similar style of tennis to Jabeur, relying on power from the baseline, but one area in which she has the edge is the recent meetings between the players. 

The overall head-to-head record between the pair stands at 3-3 and Jabeur won their only meeting on grass,  but both of their clashes this year at Indian Wells and in the Australian Open went the way of Vondrousova and that could play into her hands.

Expect Saturday showpiece to go the distance 

Despite Vondrousova's recent record, though, Jabeur looks an appropriate favourite given her recent showings on the faster surface. 

The Tunisian's preparations for Wimbledon this year were pretty modest as she lost her only match at the German Open and she only made the last 16 of the Eastbourne International - but at SW19 she has looked a different beast. 

Jabeur has won 12 of her last 13 matches in the Wimbledon women's singles draw and, although she dropped sets in her last two matches against Rybakina and Sabalenka, they were matches against two of the world's top three. 

A straight-sets win for Jabeur, which is priced at 6/5, may be beyond her and Vondrousova has shown in the recent head-to-head that she can match the Tunisian, so a better bet could be on Jabeur to win this in three sets (2-1) at 5/2.  

Three of Jabeur's last four matches have gone to three sets and that was also the case in last year's final when she was up against Rybakina.

Wimbledon preview - Day 12

The four players left standing in the Wimbledon men’s singles are the quartet who were at the top of the title betting before the grass-court Grand Slam tournament started earlier this month.

Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner are 1/2, 12/5, 11/1 and 12/1 chances respectively to take this year’s title at the All England Club in south-west London. 

But while many in the sport are hoping for a meeting between the top two seeds - it was 16/1 bar the top two in the outright betting just under two weeks ago - the semi-final favourites still have plenty to do if they are to set up a dream title match between the world’s top two players. 

Djokovic and Sinner are due to be first on Centre Court, but considering the fact that rain is highly likely to fall in the afternoon and evening, it would not be surprising if the roof was closed all day long.

Alcaraz’s innate strength should prove too much for third seed

WhatCarlos Alcaraz v Daniil Medvedev
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenFrom 15:30, Friday 14th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsCarlos Alcaraz 4/11, Daniil Medvedev 11/5 

It was only two years ago at Wimbledon that Medvedev thrashed Alcaraz 6-4 6-1 6-2 in the second round. But since that first career meeting, Alcaraz has taken his revenge in a 6-3 6-2 triumph in the Indian Wells Masters back in March. 

Things could be closer than in their first two meetings when the pair resume hostilities in the London Slam on day 12 of the All England Club action. But Alcaraz is such a force on fast courts as well as slow that even if he is made to toil for victory, he still looks the likelier victor, as the betting suggests. 

Medvedev, US Open champion in 2021, has developed admirable consistency to his game and many in the game cannot live with the third seed. But if anything Alcaraz, 20, looks a more complete performer on fast courts than his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal was at his age and that should tell punters what Medvedev is up against. 

The lesson, then, could be that their latest meeting in California may well be a good deal more relevant than their first clash on grass. Alcaraz is 4/11 to back up that Tennis Garden triumph with a second victory over Medvedev in the space of four months, while the outsider is 11/5 to show that he can still compete with the world number one and upset the odds. 

However, there are many more ways for punters to get involved rather than just trying to pick a winner. Alcaraz is 10/11 to successfully concede his opponent a start of 4.5 games on the handicap. Backers can consider that option, although Medvedev’s stats hold up reasonably well against those of the top seeds. 

Sinner may cause seven-time champion further problems on grass

WhatJannik Sinner v Novak Djokovic
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
When13:30, Friday 14th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsJannik Sinner 4/1, Novak Djokovic 1/6 

The first of the semi-finals due on court pitches 4/1 chance Sinner against 1/6 shot Djokovic and this afternoon rumble, which may well take place under the Centre Court roof with miserable weather forecast, could prove even more compelling than the other last four clash. 

Sinner led Djokovic by two sets to love in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last year, only to see the super Serb reel him in and triumph in five sets by a 5-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 scoreline. The question punters need to ask is, did Sinner surprise Djokovic after he was easily silenced 6-4 6-2 by his more experienced opponent in the Monte Carlo Masters in 2021? 

Whatever the case, Sinner now has top coach Darren Cahill in his team and while the magic didn’t quite work in the French Open, who’s to say it might not happen on the biggest stage in tennis?

Djokovic supporters will point to the fact that he bossed big-serving Hubert Hurkacz in the crucial tiebreak points to dominate their last 16 encounter. But while there was little between that pair, it may be more concerning for favourite-backers that Djokovic dropped the opening set against Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals, before fighting back to prevail in four sets. 

Rublev’s weapons aren’t the greatest in top-level tennis, so it’s possible that Djokovic may have been taking things easier against the seventh seed. But that certainly won’t be the case when he faces Sinner, a physically strong Italian who looks sure to cause problems for any opponent as his career continues to develop.

Options that could appeal to Sinner backers on his date with Djokovic are total-games handicap betting - the outsider is 8/11 with a start of 6.5 - and the man from the Dolomites to win at least one set, which is an 8/13 chance.

Wimbledon preview - Day 11

The women's semi-finals take centre stage on Thursday and while one contest features two familiar names in second seed Aryna Sabalenka and last season's runner-up, Ons Jabeur, the other sees two unseeded players meet in Elina Svitolina and Marketa Vondrousova.

The winner of the Sabalenka-Jabeur rivalry will be expected to take some stopping in the final, but surprise packages Svitolina and Vondrousova have defied the odds throughout the tournament and can no longer be underestimated. 

Sabalenka will claim the world number one spot with victory over Jabeur and the Australian Open champion is 6/4 to add her second Grand Slam title this year at Wimbledon. 

Jabeur, who got her revenge on defending champion Elena Ryabkina in her quarter-final, is 15/8 to clinch her first piece of Grand Slam silverware while Svitolina and Vondrousova both available at 9/2.

Unseeded duo may have to go the distance

WhatElina Svitolina v Marketa Vondrousova
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenThursday 13th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsElina Svitolina 11/10, Marketa Vondrousova 8/11

Few would have predicted a Wimbledon semi-final containing two unseeded players, but that is the scenario as wildcard entry Svitolina meets world number 42 Vondrousova. 

Both players are there on merit, though, and they claimed notable quarter-final scalps with Svitolina upsetting world number one Iga Swiatek and Vondrousova snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against fourth seed Jessica Pegula. 

Prior to those victories, Svitolina had accounted for Venus Williams, Elise Mertens, Sofia Kenin and Victoria Azarenka, while Vondrousova’s list of victims included three more seeds in Veronika Kudermetova, Donna Vekic and Marie Bouzkova. 

That is evidence of how well both are performing and it makes for an intriguing semi-final, in which Ukrainian Svitolina is likely to gain the support of the Centre Court crowd. 

That was the case in her three-set triumph over Swiatek and it may give the former world number three the edge against the big-hitting Vondrousova. 

However, the Czech world number 42 has the aid of having contested a Grand Slam final before, having finished runner-up to Ashleigh Barty at the 2019 French Open, and she showed great character to defeat Pegula in the last eight after trailing 4-1 in the deciding set. 

Vondrousova turned on the style, winning the final five games, and her aggressive approach can be pretty formidable when she is performing to the best of her abilities. 

Svitolina has a more controlled style, which makes her less prone to unforced errors, and her All England Club achievement is a remarkable one considering she only returned to the WTA Tour in April after giving birth in October. 

But her run to last month’s French Open quarter-final was a clue of what might be to come and she has built on that superbly to make her second Wimbledon semi-final - the first of which came back in 2019. 

So all considered, this looks a tight contest to call and the best value on offer could be with a three-set encounter at 11/10. 

Svitolina leads the head-to-head 3-2 but they have not met since 2021 and never played on grass, so that may want to be taken lightly. 

Three of the Ukrainian 28-year-old's last four Wimbledon wins have come in a deciding set, while Vondrousova has prevailed in a third set in the last two rounds against Bouzkova and Pegula, suggesting a gruelling battle may be in store.

Sabalenka may be too hot to handle

WhatOns Jabeur v Aryna Sabalenka
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenThursday 13th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsOns Jabeur 11/8, Aryna Sabalenka 4/7

So much often hinges on how Sabalenka is serving and she has been pretty faultless at the All England Club this year, winning four of her five assignments in straight sets. 

The 25-year-old looks in irresistible form and she may get an easier ride on serve than Jabeur, who has lost their last three meetings which includes a 6-4 6-3 defeat in the Wimbledon quarter-final two years ago. 

Sabalenka’s most recent wins over Ekaterina Alexandrova and Madison Keys, two title winners during this grass-court season, were particularly impressive as she was broken only once throughout. 

With Sabalenka also able to claim the world number one spot from Swiatek if she makes the final, motivation should be at a maximum for the Belarusian and her power-packed approach is going to make her tough to live with. 

Sabalenka won her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier in the year, a win that threatened to be the beginning of a Belarusian dominance. 

With her also keeping the unforced error count lower than usual at the Championships, the second seed may have too many weapons for the Tunisian. 

That is not to say Jabeur should be taken lightly, particularly after her latest scalps of two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and defending champion Rybakina. 

But Sabalenka looks in a different mould to those opponents currently and the quick-thinking sixth seed may not be able to live with the Belarusian’s power. 

With that in mind, Sabalenka looks a strong favourite at 4/7 but it could pay to take a bolder approach and back the current world number two to concede a handicap start of 2.5 games at 5/6.

Wimbledon preview - Day 10

However, Aryna Sabalenka and Daniil Medvedev may just have to dig that bit deeper to remain in the tournament when they face Madison Keys and Christopher Eubanks respectively.

Medvedev should find a way to progress, but Australian Open champion Sabalenka can expect a battle royal against her resurgent opponent.

Alcaraz is unlikely to be held back

WhatCarlos Alcaraz v Holger Rune
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenWednesday 12th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsCarlos Alcaraz 1/4, Holger Rune 3/1

Carlos Alcaraz will be feeling at ease with life following his impressive four-set fourth-round victory over Matteo Berrettini, one of very few players who could have troubled the Spaniard at Wimbledon.

And so, even allowing for Holger Rune’s positive attitude on court, the Dane will need a seismic performance to deny the US Open champion a place in the All England Club semi-finals for the very first time.

Alcaraz is 1/4 to progress, a price which actually looks fair enough for big-hitters. against Rune, who used to partner the Murcian in junior doubles, will battle for all he’s worth - like he did against Alcaraz’s compatriot Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in round three.

But this is a huge step up in class from that last-32 outing and Rune, who can still be made to look ordinary on occasions by great players, will do well to keep tabs on the favourite.

Rune is 3/1 to post a sizeable upset, but punters look better off siding with the second-favourite in the outright betting, possibly on total-games handicaps where he is asked to concede a start of 4.5 games.

Medvedev may have to toil

WhatDaniil Medvedev v Christopher Eubanks
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenWednesday 12th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsDaniil Medvedev 1/6, Christopher Eubanks 4/1

Daniil Medvedev is no stranger to defeating inferior opponents, and many in straight sets, but the third seed may have to dig deeper than the markets suggest when he plays Christopher Eubanks.

The American’s success on grass this summer is little short of incredible. It’s not long since he and Kim Clijsters were discussing on social media the relative merits of competing on the nippy green lawns - and then he went on to lift the trophy on Mallorca's sun-baked lawns.

It’s possible that Eubanks may have finally run his race - fatigue after his island effort may catch up with him.

But he was excellent in upsetting Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas in rounds two and four in south-west London and may be capable of winning at least a set against the consistent Medvedev.

The 2021 US Open hero is 1/6 for victory, but it will take a brave punter who gets stuck in at such odds against an opponent who is proving mightily difficult to defeat on grass.

More doubts over Jabeur than Rybakina

WhatOns Jabeur v Elena Rybakina
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenWednesday 12th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsOns Jabeur 13/10, Elena Rybakina 8/13

Ons Jabeur will be feeling a whole lot better after dismissing two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova for the loss of just three games, but punters should not forget that the Tunisian has not been at her brilliant best in 2023..

This is a repeat of last year’s final, which Rybakina won 3-6 6-2 6-2. But while some observers felt that Rybakina had questions to answer going into this summer’s grass-court major, Jabeur had more doubts surrounding her form.

Sixth seed Jabeur lived life on the edge a little in her third-round clash with Bianca Andreescu, but the Canadian was US Open champion in 2019, so a tough battle was expected.

However, Rybakina, 8/13 to progress to the semi-finals, was awesome in ousting Nottingham Open champion Katie Boulter in double-quick time in round three and Jabeur could have much to do to win a set, let alone two.

Focused Keys stands in Sabalenka's way

WhatMadison Keys v Aryna Sabalenka
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenWednesday 12th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsMadison Keys 13/8, Aryna Sabalenka 1/2

This could prove the match of the day when Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka takes on a resurgent Madison Keys.

American Keys, who is 13/8 to upset Sabalenka, has made at least the last eight of all four Grand Slam tournaments, and the final of one of them, and she is one of the best players not to have won a major singles title.

The missing link for the 2017 US Open runner-up was ruthlessness - a lack of it. But judging by her efforts in lifting the title in Eastbourne in the week leading up to Wimbledon, Keys may be addressing that weakness.

It’s possible that she could be slightly fatigued after such a long and successful run.

But it’s such a long time since Keys was dominating the tennis chat and her latest achievements could serve to drive her on, maybe to a first Slam trophy.

Wimbledon preview - Day 9

Wimbledon is reaching the business end and Tuesday's action sees four quarter-finals take place with Novak Djokovic still in the hunt for a record-equalling eighth All England Club title.

Djokovic is making serene progress at the All England Club and has made the last eight having dropped only one set, something which may spell trouble for quarter-final opponent Andrey Rublev. 

The other quarter-final taking place in the men's draw sees Jannik Sinner, defeated by Djokovic at this stage last year, tackle Russian world number 92 Roman Safiullin. 

World number one Iga Swiatek is the headline act in the women's draw but the Pole may face a tough test against the rejuvenated Elina Svitolina, while American fourth seed Jessica Pegula clashes with Marketa Vondrousova.

Djokovic difficult to contain

WhatAndrey Rublev v Novak Djokovic
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenTuesday 11th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsAndrey Rublev 8/1,  Novak Djokovic 1/14

Djokovic, chasing a fifth straight Wimbledon crown, remains the one they all have to beat and the super Serb should still be going strong after his quarter-final clash with Rublev. 

The 36-year-old was given a stern test by fourth-round opponent Hubert Hurkacz, winning in four sets, two of which came in tiebreaks. 

However, Hurkacz had only two break points in the whole contest while Djokovic's earlier victims Stan Wawrinka and Jordan Thompson were unable to conjure up any. 

Seventh seed Rublev may be an upgrade on Wawrinka and Thompson but the Russian needed five sets to come past Alexander Bublik in the last 16 and that isn't the ideal preparation for a clash with the king of grass. 

This is the fourth career meeting between these two and Djokovic has won three of those encounters in straight sets, which includes at the Australian Open in January. 

The seven-time champion has won three of his four matches at the All England Club 3-0 and a repeat scenario, priced at 8/11, looks likely.

Sinner can saunter into last four

WhatJannik Sinner v Roman Safiullin
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenTuesday 11th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsJannik Sinner 1/7, Roman Safiullin 9/2

Having been overhauled from two sets up in last season's Wimbledon quarter-final against Djokovic, Sinner looks primed to overcome that hurdle by beating Roman Safiullin. 

Sinner has barely been tested on his run to the last eight, dropping only one set in winning his opening four assignments. 

The Italian has profited from a soft schedule - world number 79 Quentin Halys has been his highest-ranked opponent to date - but he has been broken only four times throughout and is serving superbly. 

Even so, Safiullin is the world number 92 and this is fresh territory for him as it is a first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance at only the fifth attempt for the late developing 25-year-old. 

This is a second career meeting between the pair with Sinner landing the spoils 7-6 6-3 on a hard court at the ATP Cup in January of last year. 

Given the Italian's grass-court pedigree, he is expected to record a convincing victory and another routine 3-0 appeals at 11/10.

Swiatek set for another stern test

WhatIga Swiatek v Elina Svitolina
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenTuesday 11th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsIga Swiatek 1/7, Elina Svitolina 9/2

Swiatek saved two match points in her come-from-behind three-set win over Belinda Bencic in round four and the top seed is unlikely to have things all her own way in her quarter-final clash with Svitolina. 

Swiatek was pretty fortuitous to come through her last-16 test and that was further evidence, if needed, that she is less dominant on grass than on her beloved clay or a hard court. 

The 22-year-old is featuring in her first Wimbledon quarter-final at the fourth time of asking and although she may find a way to prevail, odds of 1/7 look a touch exaggerated. 

Svitolina, in her first Grand Slam back after giving birth, made the quarter-final of the French Open last month and has impressed in repeating the feat at Wimbledon. 

The unseeded Ukrainian has had a tougher route to the final, beating Venus Williams, Elise Mertens, Sofia Kenin and Victoria Azarenka, suggesting that she is back to the kind of form that saw her ranked world number three in 2017. 

Svitolina has lost only two of her 14 matches since the middle of May and while an upset is not disregarded, the 28-year-old looks a good bet with a +5.5-game start on the handicap at 5/6.

Vondrousova could claim Pegula scalp

WhatJessica Pegula v Marketa Vondrousova
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenTuesday 11th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsJessica Pegula 4/6, Marketa Vondrousova 6/5

Pegula is one of the most consistent players on the WTA Tour with the American featuring in her fifth Grand Slam quarter-final from the last seven she has contested. 

However, the fourth seed has yet to make the final four of a Major and she could be again vulnerable against Vondrousova. 

While Pegula has yet to face a player in the world's top 40, the unseeded Vondrousova has defeated world number 12 Veronika Kudermetova, recent Berlin runner-up Donna Vekic and the dangerous Marie Bouzkova. 

But this isn't a flash in the pan from the Czech world number 43 as she is a former Grand Slam runner-up, having played second fiddle to Ashleigh Barty at the 2019 French Open final. 

Vondrousova is extremely powerful and she has an all-out attacking game which is well suited to the grass, something that may give her the edge at 6/5 in this match-up.

Wimbledon preview - Day 8

By the close of play on Monday, Wimbledon's quarter-final line-up will be confirmed and men's world number one Carlos Alcaraz will be hoping he is still going strong after his last 16 showdown with Matteo Berrettini.

In the women's draw, second seed Aryna Sabalenka and defending champion Elena Ryabkina are both in action while there is a potential thriller in store as last season's runner-up Ons Jabeur meets two-time winner Petra Kvitova.

Alcaraz may have to dig deep

WhatCarlos Alcaraz v Matteo Berrettini
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenMonday 10th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsCarlos Alcaraz 2/5, Matteo Berrettini 2/1

Having missed much of the campaign through injury, 2021 runner-up Berrettini has defied all expectations to make the last 16 at the All England Club and the Italian should pose a serious test for world number one Alcaraz. 

Berrettini played only one warm-up match on the grass heading into Wimbledon and he was thrashed 6-1 6-2 by Lorenzo Sonego in Stuttgart, a defeat that suggested he may not even be able to take part in this tournament.

But the 27-year-old has found something deep from within to win his opening three Wimbledon assignments, which started with him avenging that loss to Sonego in a four-set triumph. 

Since then, Berrettini hasn’t looked back and impressive routine straight-set victories over Alex De Minaur and Alexander Zverev mean he must now be taken seriously. 

A last-16 duel with Alcaraz will obviously requires more to come out on top, but the Spanish top seed is bidding to make the quarter-final at Wimbledon for the first time, having lost out to Jannik Sinner at this stage last season. 

But the 20-year-old did claim his first grass-court title at Queen’s Club in preparation for this and appears to be adjusting to the surface. 

The longer this contest goes, the more it should favour Alcaraz and the Spaniard needed four sets to see off Nicolas Jarry in the previous round. 

That offers some hope for Berrettini and all three meetings between this pair have gone to a final-set decider, which suggests a lengthy battle could be in store. 

Alcaraz is 2/5 to prevail, but it may make more sense backing the world number one to win but Berrettini to get a set on the board, which is available at 13/10.

Lehecka can give Medvedev a scare

WhatDaniil Medvedev v Jiri Lehecka
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenMonday 10th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsDaniil Medvedev 1/4, Jiri Lehecka 3/1

Daniil Medvedev is bidding to make the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time in his career, but the Russian may have to work hard to see off last 16 rival Jiri Lehecka. 

The world number three is a hard-court specialist, so often struggles at both the French Open and Wimbledon, but things did click during the first week at the All England Club. 

The 27-year-old eased past recent Mallorca Open runner-up Adrian Mannarino in straight sets and then accounted for the dangerous Marton Fucsovics in four sets last time out. 

However, it is possible that Jiri Lehecka, who made his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final in Australia earlier in the year, is an upgrade on those recent victims. 

The 21-year-old has impressed in claiming the scalps of Sebastian Ofner, Francisco Cerundolo and Tommy Paul and has been serving superbly throughout, being broken only once in the tournament and saving eight of the nine break points he has faced. 

Lehecka’s most recent encounter with American 16th seed Paul did go the distance, but the two sets he lost came in a tiebreak. 

So with the Czech youngster's game well suited to these demands on grass, he should cause Medvedev plenty of problems and at 3/1 he is worth some consideration. 

However, backing Lehecka +5.5 games on the handicap at 4/5 could be the way for punters to go.

Kvitova appears to have the edge

WhatOns Jabeur v Petra Kvitova
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenMonday 10th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsOns Jabeur 11/10, Petra Kvitova 8/11

This promises to be one of the contests of the day as last season’s runner-up Jabeur goes toe-to-toe with two-time All England Club champion Kvitova. 

Jabeur has been improving nicely as the season has progressed and isn’t opposed lightly, but Kvitova knows these grass courts like the back of her hand and appears to be back operating close to her best. 

At the beginning of April, Kvitova won in Miami to return to the world's top 10 and she hasn’t looked back ever since with her grass-court preparations starting with a title triumph in Berlin. 

That means the seasoned Czech performer has won all eight grass-court matches she has contested this season and has dropped only one set in the process. 

The quick-moving Jabeur will be no pushover, but she had to come from a set down to defeat Bianca Andreescu in the last round and a similarly slow start may be punished by Kvitova. 

Interestingly, Kvitova has won four of their five previous encounters and the world number nine looks a good bet at 8/11 to maintain that superiority.

Wimbledon preview - Day 7

The rain is continuing to bother the Wimbledon schedulers but Sunday’s entire All England Club card is known and title favourites Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek top the bill.

But while Djokovic is likely to take some stopping when he faces Hubert Hurkacz, SW19 conqueror of Roger Federer two years ago, the women’s singles market leader Swiatek should expect a genuine test of her title credentials when she takes to the court against the always-dangerous Belinda Bencic. 

Fourth seed Jessica Pegula is a pretty warm order at 1/5 to see off 7/2 Lesia Tsurenko, while Marketa Vondrousova is 1/2 to win her all-Czech battle against the seeded 13/8 Marie Bouzkova. 

In the other men’s last-16 clashes, seventh seed Andrey Rublev is 4/5 to beat 1/1 shot Alexander Bublik, while 8/13 Denis Shapovalov may face a tough time against 13/10 Roman Safiullin.

Djokovic may need to exercise patience against consistent Pole

WhatHubert Hurkacz v Novak Djokovic
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenSunday 9th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsHubert Hurkacz 10/1, Novak Djokovic 1/20

Novak Djokovic, whose reign as Wimbledon champion goes back to 2018, remains the one to beat in the men’s singles this year but the super Serb, winner of the Australian and French Open singles titles this season, may have to exercise patience against 10/1 shot Hubert Hurkacz. 

Pole Hurkacz, Miami Masters hero in 2021, is a consistent sort who often makes the most of the opportunities that come his way. 

And considering he’s in his physical prime aged 26, Hurkacz may be up to keeping tabs on his illustrious opponent in the first set. 

Unsurprisingly, the total games quotes in the first set are at their usual over/under 9.5 games consensus mark - it’s 8/11 over and 1/1 under that line. 

But while Djokovic has won all of his opening sets in his three matches at the All England Club this year by a score of 6-3, there may be some mileage in thinking that Hurkacz is capable of winning at least four games against the great man in his opening last-16 stanza.

Sinner could routinely silence last-16 opponent Galan

WhatJannik Sinner v Daniel Elahi Galan
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenSunday 9th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsJannik Sinner 1/20, Daniel Elahi Galan 10/1

Jannik Sinner is hoping to improve on his record of having made the quarter-finals of each of all four Grand Slam tournaments this year and even with two majors left to be decided, the Italian is likely to do that.

It could easily happen in the coming days in south-west London. 

Sinner, 1/20 to defeat Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan, has dropped only one set at Wimbledon this year, in the third round against powerful Frenchman Quentin Halys. 

However, having swept aside two Argentian opponents in straight sets in the opening two rounds, Sinner should be perfectly capable of inflicting similar punishment on their fellow South American Galan.

It would not be a surprise to see the favourite supported to successfully concede his last-16 foe a handicap start of 7.5 games at 4/6.

Olympic gold medallist capable of making top seed Swiatek toil

WhatIga Swiatek v Belinda Bencic
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenSunday 9th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsIga Swiatek 1/8, Belinda Bencic 5/1

Iga Swiatek is expected by many to take a lot of stopping at Wimbledon this year and the French and US Open champion has played some decent tennis en route to the fourth round of the grass-court major. 

However, she looked a little tight when trying to finish off Petra Martic in round three and Swiatek may encounter even more trouble against last-16 opponent Belinda Bencic. 

Swiss ace Bencic, seeded 14th in south-west London this year, is, like Swiatek, a hugely talented performer. 

She took gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were held in 2021, but has yet to crack it in a Grand Slam singles tournament. 

However, Bencic won her last meeting with Swiatek in straight sets and so she may attract punters at at 5/1 to upset the world number one and All England Club top seed, while the outsider could also prove popular at 5/6 with a handicap start of 5.5 games.

Svitolina may be ready to notch elusive victory over Azarenka

WhatVictoria Azarenka v Elina Svitolina
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenSunday 9th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsVictoria Azarenka 8/11, Elina Svitolina 11/10

There’s a fourth-round thriller in store between Victoria Azarenka and Elina Svitolina. 

Two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka is shading market leadership at 8/11 due to her superior Slam record and the fact that she leads Svitolina 5-0 in their personal series, but it may be unwise to rule out the 28-year-old Ukrainian, who is five years younger than her opponent. 

Svitolina has shown her wellbeing with wins over Venus Williams and Coco Gauff’s conqueror Sofia Kenin in the first week of Wimbledon - and that entitles the 11/10 shot to considerable respect. 

The 2018 WTA Finals heroine has won only two of the 12 sets she has previously contested against Azarenka, but the fact that Svitolina is a former All England Club semi-finalist should afford her confidence that she can finally get an elusive victory over her opponent.

Wimbledon preview - Day 6

With rain having diluted Wimbledon's early schedule, the show is back on the road and Saturday is when the action begins to heat up as the third round continues.

The defending women's champion Elena Rybakina will be hoping to build on her opening two wins over Shelby Rogers and Alize Cornet when she takes on British hope Katie Boulter, who won the Nottingham Open last month.

Elsewhere, there are some tasty tussles set to take place in the men's draw as Frances Tiafoe meets Grigor Dimitrov and Jiri Lehecka locks horns with Tommy Paul.

Fast-improving Tiafoe to oust Dimitrov

WhatFrances Tiafoe v Grigor Dimitrov
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenSaturday 8th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsFrances Tiafoe 10/11, Grigor Dimitrov 10/11

Highlighted by his first Grand Slam semi-final appearance at last year's US Open, Tiafoe appears to be coming of age and the American 25-year-old can showcase his talents against Dimitrov.

Tiafoe made the fourth round of last year's Wimbledon, where he lost out in five sets to David Goffin, but title triumphs in Houston and Stuttgart this season suggest he has improved since then.

Last month's title success in Stuttgart is particularly telling as that came on the grass and on that form alone the tenth seed may have the beating of Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian is a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, but that run came back in 2014, while this third-round appearance is his best effort at the All England Club since 2017.

After a few seasons in the dark, Dimitrov is starting to rediscover some of his old sparkle, which is highlighted by his run to the Geneva final in May.

However, the former world number three is evidently not as dangerous as he once was and his wins over Sho Shimabukuro and Ilya Ivashka mean he has achieved less than Tiafoe in reaching this round.

The American won their only previous meeting in a Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2019 and at 10/11 is the play in this third-round encounter.

Big-serving Lehecka to pile pressure on Paul

WhatJiri Lehecka v Tommy Paul
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenSaturday 8th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsJiri Lehecka 1/1, Tommy Paul 4/5

The third-round showdown between Lehecka and Paul promises to be a belter and, although bookmakers are struggling to separate the pair, the Czech youngster may be the value alternative.

Lehecka is less experienced, not only on the ATP Tour but also on the grass, but his opening two wins over Sebastian Ofner and Francisco Cerundolo read particularly well.

The 21-year-old Czech won both of those contests in straight sets, failing to be broken and saving all four break-point opportunities.

Lehecka had a first serve percentage of 74 per cent and 79 per cent in those two victories, and similar numbers would put Paul under plenty of pressure to hold his serve.

The American was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open earlier this year and he made the fourth round of Wimbledon on what was his tournament debut last season.

However, Paul did need four sets to see off the injury-prone Milos Raonic in the previous round and he was beaten by Cerundolo - Lehecka’s second-round victim - in Wimbledon warm-up events at Queen’s Club and in Eastbourne.

Lehecka made his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open in January and at 1/1 he looks a good bet to seal his place in the last-16 with victory over the 16th seed.

Haddad Maia and Cirstea set for an epic

WhatBeatriz Haddad Maia v Sorana Cirstea
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenSaturday 8th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsBeatriz Haddad Maia 4/6, Sorana Cirstea 6/5

Beatriz Haddad Maia and Sorana Cirstea have both come through two three-set matches and their third-round showdown could be another test of their mental toughness.

Brazilian Haddad Maia has come from a set down in her opening two assignments against Yulia Putintseva and Jaqueline Cristian, while Cirstea has dug deep to prevail in deciding sets against Tatjana Maria and Jelena Ostapenko.

Cirstea’s form looks the stronger, but Haddad Maia, a French Open semi-finalist last month, has a never-say-die attitude which ensures she is always competitive.

The Brazilian went the distance in four of her six Paris matches, meaning eight of her last 11 outings have featured all three sets.

Interestingly, nine of Cirstea’s last ten matches have gone all the way to a final set too, and it is 11/10 for this third-round contest to follow suit.

These two players have met four times in the past, with Romanian ace Cirstea winning three of those meetings, two of which went the distance.

Wimbledon preview - Day 5

It’s Day 5 of Wimbledon on Friday and men’s singles top seed Carlos Alcaraz is the star billing when he takes on Alexandre Muller for a place in the last 32.

Novak Djokovic faces his old rival Stan Wawrinka in third-round action, while in the last 64 top-ranked Briton Cameron Norrie should have enough to overcome improving American Christopher Eubanks.

In the women’s singles last year’s runner-up Ons Jabeur is expected by most observers to make light work of unheralded opponent Zhuoxuan Bai.

Qualifier Sonia Kenin, first-round conqueror of Coco Gauff, will face another resurgent performer in Elina Svitolina in a third-round cracker which looks set to be closely fought.

Alcaraz may take time to break down Muller

WhatCarlos Alcaraz v Alexandre Muller
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenFriday 7th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsCarlos Alcaraz 1/50, Alexandre Muller 18/1

Alexandre Muller should be close to his physical peak as a tennis pro and the Frenchman, who made the final in Marrakesh on clay in April, could make Carlos Alcaraz dig deep in at least one of their second-round sets on Friday.

Alcaraz looks the one player capable of stopping defending champion Djokovic this year, but it’s currently a steep learning curve for the Spanish ace as well as his victims right now and he continues his nascent love affair with grass courts.

The Murcian’s rise on the nippy green courts is remarkably similar to that of his compatriot Rafael Nadal. However, it’s just possible that Alcaraz could be even more precocious on fast courts at this early stage of his professional career than the Majorcan was.

But each match presents a different challenge and Muller is no shrinking violet when it comes to stretching out sets and forcing tiebreaks.

Muller is 2/1 to win at least one set and that can be considered, but instead punters may find better mileage in the 13/8 that the clash features at least one tiebreak.

Where Muller backers should be cautious is on the total-games handicap lines, because even if the outsider was to cause a surprise and win a set, it would be no surprise to see Alcaraz win a couple of sets by a decent margin.

Norrie should have enough to boss Eubanks

WhatCameron Norrie v Christopher Eubanks
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenFriday 7th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsCameron Norrie 2/7, Christopher Eubanks 11/4

Some tennis fans believe Cameron Norrie could make the Wimbledon final this year and while that may be stretching a point a little, the Briton is commendably solid when he gets his teeth into a tournament.

Norrie takes on the USA’s Christopher Eubanks with a place in the last 32 the prize and, while the 27-year-old from Atlanta is something of a late learner in tennis circles, Norrie’s first-round victory over useful qualifier Tomas Machac entitles him to a reasonable degree of favouritism in this one.

Eubanks is on a long run of match wins having claimed his maiden main tour title in Majorca last week.

That experience could serve to boost the outsider, but the high number of matches contested may prove more of a hindrance than a help to Eubanks in his bid to prove a point against Norrie.

The 12th seed will be able to count on the majority of crowd support and that factor, against an opponent like Eubanks who is still very much a novice-like performer, ought to tell.

Only the big-hitter will be taking the 2/7 about a Norrie win, though, and so regular punters can consider backing the favourite to give up 4.5 games on the handicap, a 10/11 chance, or even to win in straight sets, which is a 7/4 shot.

It’s 6/5 that Norrie wins the match and both players win at least a set, so the oddsmakers clearly think Eubanks is playing well enough to make his mark in the clash.

Talented qualifier could make Jabeur toil

WhatOns Jabeur v Zhuoxuan Bai
WhereWimbledon, All England Club
WhenFriday 7th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsOns Jabeur 1/12, Zhuoxuan Bai 7/1

Ons Jabeur is likely to be all the rage for her second-round clash with unheralded qualifier Zhuoxuan Bai, but it may be worth punters giving the outsider some respect in this match.

Jabeur made the final of the women’s singles 12 months ago, when finding Elena Rybakina just too good on the Centre Court grass.

But punters would do well to remember that the Tunisian, after a number of terrific efforts in preceding campaigns, has made a slow start to the current season and she may just be slightly vulnerable faced with a decent-looking opponent.

Bai impressed in qualifying, then finished strongly to see off Ysaline Bonaventure in round one.

Jabeur, meanwhile, outclassed Magdalena Frech in a decent display which suggests she will again be tough to stop on the London lawns.

But Chinese players are generally getting better and better and Bai may be capable of joining compatriot Qinwen Zheng in the roster of that country’s best young performers.

Punters can consider taking a pot at a 7/1 upset, but regular backers may find that supporting the outsider on the handicap a more viable option.

Bai is 4/6 with a start of 6.5 games, while in another option she is 5/6 to win seven or more games.

Wimbledon preview - Day 4

Persistent rain has made it a stop-start Wimbledon so far, but with conditions set to improve, day four should ensure more on-court action and All England Club spectators getting greater value for their money.

The Wimbledon organisers are playing catch-up due to lengthy delays on each of the opening three days and that has led to a number of second-round encounters being put back until Thursday afternoon. 

The showdown between British hope Liam Broady and world number four Casper Ruud, plus the mouthwatering clash between Caroline Garcia and Leylah Fernandez, are just two of the matches to have been affected and rescheduled. 

Elsewhere in the women's draw, Veronika Kudermetova and Marketa Vondrousova meet in an intriguing heat, while fourth seed Jessica Pegula is bidding to lay down her title marker against Cristian Bucsa of Spain.

Ruud may not have things all his own way

WhatLiam Broady v Casper Ruud
WhereAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenThursday 6th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsLiam Broady 4/1, Casper Ruud 1/6 

Ruud finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic at last month's French Open but the Norwegian fourth seed has plenty more to prove on the grass.

The 24-year-old opted for a break on the back of that effort, choosing against a grass-court preparation event, and that is unlikely to aid his Wimbledon title prospects. 

Deep down, Ruud knows this is his weakest surface and that gives Broady every chance of landing an upset, especially if able to build on his impressive straight-set triumph over Frenchman Constant Lestienne on Monday. 

Meanwhile, there were some anxious moments for Ruud in his opening-round win over French qualifier Laurent Lokoli, who made the Norwegian toil in four sets. 

That is only Ruud's second win on what is his fourth visit to the All England Club and last year he lost at this second-round stage to Ugo Humbert. 

So cheered on by a passionate home crowd, Broady makes appeal at 4/1, but the best punting approach could be to take the Brit with a +6.5-game start on the handicap at 4/5.

French fourth seed should live up to her billing

WhatLeylah Fernandez v Caroline Garcia
WhereAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenThursday 6th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsLeylah Fernandez 11/5, Caroline Garcia 4/11

In what has potential to be on the of the contests of the day, women's world number five Caroline Garcia can live up to her lofty expectations with victory over Leylah Fernandez. 

It was more workmanlike than vintage from Garcia in her 6-4 6-3 win over Katie Volynets in round one but, when required in the crucial moments, the Frenchwoman was up to the task. 

This will be the third meeting to take place between Garcia and Fernandez already this year and both encounters have gone the fifth seed's way. 

Garcia edged out Fernandez 7-6 7-5 at the Australian Open in January and then prevailed in a three-set thriller at Indian Wells in March, growing in stature as the match progressed. 

The 20-year-old Canadian Fernandez announced herself as a star of the future when finishing runner-up to Emma Raducanu at the 2021 US Open. 

However, the youngster has been unable to emulate that achievement since and has lost all six meetings with top-10 players since the beginning of 2022, suggesting that she may fall short once more. 

Garcia is 4/11 to maintain her dominance over the Canadian but there may be value to be had in siding with the Frenchwoman to cover a handicap of -3.5 games at 4/5.

Kudermetova can show her class on the grass

WhatVeronika Kudermetova v Marketa Vondrousova
WhereAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenThursday 6th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsVeronika Kudermetova 8/11, Marketa Vondrousova 11/10

Having been forced to miss Wimbledon in two of the last three seasons, Russian 12th seed Kudermetova will be keen to make up for lost time. 

Kudermetova has already enjoyed an excellent grass-court campaign, finishing runner-up to Ekaterina Alexandrova in Den Bosch last month and building on that with a quarter-final run in Berlin. 

The Russian withdrew ahead of her scheduled last-eight clash with Alexandrova in the German capital, but had earlier showcased her talents by toppling world number two Aryna Sabalenka.

However, Kudermetova showed there was no need to worry about her physical condition when recording a 7-6 6-4 victory over Kaia Kanepi in the opening round at Wimbledon, producing a strong serving display that saw her hold serve on every occasion. 

Vondrousova, a runner-up to Ashleigh Barty at the French Open 2019, is no pushover but so far in her career she has been unable to translate her best performances to the grass. 

The Czech world number 42 has failed to go beyond the second round at Wimbledon in four previous attempts and that record looks unlikely to change with the in-form Kudermetova a strong fancy at 8/11.

Wimbledon preview - Day 3

Novak Djokovic got his quest for an eighth Wimbledon title up-and-running with a routine victory over Pedro Cachin and the world number two will be expected to run out an equally convincing victor against second-round opponent Jordan Thompson on day three.

The 36-year-old has not suffered defeat at Wimbledon since 2017, when forced to withdraw during his quarter-final clash with Tomas Berdych, and he is 2/5 to record another 3-0 straight sets win over his Australian challenger. 

Women's world number one Iga Swiatek can make light work of Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo, but fifth seed Caroline Garcia may have to dig a little deeper to fend off the challenge of 2021 US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez.

Sinner should stamp his authority against Schwartzman

WhatJannik Sinner v Diego Schwartzman
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenWednesday 5th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsJannik Sinner 1/14, Diego Schwartzman 8/1

Sinner showcased his grass-court credentials when making the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year and things could have gone even better for the young Italian when he found himself two sets up on eventual champion Djokovic. 

It wasn't to be for the 21-year-old, but it highlighted him as a potential champion of the future and another deep run at the All England Club looks a likely scenario in 2023.

Sinner took little time to take care of opening opponent Juan Manuel Cerundolo as he triumphed 6-2 6-2 6-2 and another easy win should follow for the eighth seed against Diego Schwartzman. 

Schwartzman is a five-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, but his recent levels have dipped and he has not gone beyond the third round at Wimbledon in seven previous attempts. 

That highlights his struggles on grass and Sinner, who has won all three previous meetings between the pair without dropping a set, should soon stamp his authority. 

Sinner is understandably short at 1/14 for victory, but there could still be some value in backing the Italian to win 3-0, which is available at 8/11.

Svitolina's resurgence could gather pace

WhatElise Mertens v Elina Svitolina
WhereWimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenWednesday 5th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport
OddsElise Mertens 8/13, Elina Svitolina 13/10

Elina Svitolina gave birth to her first child in October of last year, but that didn't halt the Ukranian from making the French Open quarter-finals in her first Grand Slam appearance back last month. 

The former world number three has understandably taken a dive in the rankings due to her lengthy lay-off, but that run in Paris suggested all of her ability and desire remains. 

Svitolina kickstarted her Wimbledon adventure with an authoritative 6-4 6-3 win over five-time champion Venus Williams and she looks a lively outsider in her second-round showdown with Belgian 28th seed Elise Mertens. 

Svitolina made the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2019, so has no problem adjusting to the grass, whereas Mertens has failed to go beyond the fourth round in five previous attempts. 

With the Ukrainian starting to show some of her old sparkle and possessing the best recent form on offer, it is hard to see why she is available to back at 13/10

Svitolina also leads their personal head-to-head 3-2, making her the value play in what could prove to be one of the matches of day three.

Wimbledon preview - Day 2

Day two of Wimbledon sees world number one Carlos Alcaraz get his title pursuit underway and the Spanish sensation will be expected to make routine work of French veteran Jeremy Chardy.

There is an all-British affair for Wimbledon patrons to enjoy as two-time champion Andy Murray does battle with Ryan Peniston, while British number one Cameron Norrie, an All England Club semi-finalist last year, opens up against Tomas Machac. 

There is heaps of talent on show in the women's draw as defending champion Elena Rybakina meets Shelby Rogers and world number two Aryna Sabalenka locks horns with Panna Udvardy. 

Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, last season's runner-up Ons Jabeur and the rejuvenated Karolina Muchova are three other women considered to be title contenders and they too get their journey up-and-running.

WhatWimbledon 2023
WhereAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenMonday 3rd July - Sunday 16th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport

Wimbledon Men's outright 
Novak Djokovic 4/7, Carlos Alcaraz 7/2, Jannik Sinner 16/1, Daniil Medvedev 20/1, Alexander Zverev 33/1

Wimbledon Women's outright 
Iga Swiatek 5/2, Elena Rybakina 15/4, Aryna Sabalenka 5/1, Petra Kvitova 12/1, Coco Gauff 14/1

Italian dust-up may go Sonego's way

Matteo Berrettini finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon two years ago and after being forced to miss last season's event, the Italian will be determined to make up for lost time. 

However, things have been far from straightforward for Berrettini this season and he has been plagued by injury issues that have seen him miss the French Open and play only once since withdrawing from Monte Carlo in April. 

And that return to action was an underwhelming one as Berrettini limped to a 6-1 6-2 loss to Lorenzo Sonego in Stuttgart three weeks ago. 

Since then, Berrettini has withdrawn from the Queen's Club Championships, an event in which he was the double defending champion, and his preparations have been poor. 

So there must be plenty of concern for Berrettini backers going into a rematch with fellow Italian Sonego, who made light work of their recent encounter on the grass of Stuttgart and will be the sharper of the pair. 

Sonego is 1/2 to uphold that form, which looks justified, but he may be able to prevail more convincingly than those quotes suggest. 

At 5/2, a 3-0 victory for Sonego could be considered but the 8/11 about him giving up -2.5 games on the handicap could be the approach for punters to take.

Griekspoor looks a natural on grass

The first-round contest between Marton Fucsovics and Tallon Griekspoor is one of the matches of the day and it is the Dutch player who is fancied to come through that opening test. 

Fucsovics was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 2021 and impressed on his way to the last four in Stuttgart in what was his final preparation event for this season's grass-court showpiece. 

However, Griekspoor looks a complete natural on the grass and being four years younger than Fucsovics, is open to far more progress. 

Griekspoor has already had an excellent grass-court campaign. 

The world number 31 claimed his second career title on home soil in Hertogenbosch in the middle of June and followed that up with a run to the Halle quarter-finals, where he lost in three sets to Andrey Rublev. 

Having defeated Alex De Minaur in Hertogenbosch and Hubert Hurkacz in Halle, Griekspoor's recent form looks strong and at 4/5 he is a good bet to see off Fucsovics, who is 36 places worse off in the world rankings.

Maria can once again account for Cirstea

Tatjana Maria surpassed all expectations when making the Wimbledon semi-finals last year and the return to the scene of her greatest achievement can see the German veteran put up another promising display. 

The 36-year-old kickstarts this year's All England Club adventure against Sorana Cirstea, the same opponent of whom she defeated 6-3 1-6 7-5 in the second round last year. 

Maria has done little damage on the WTA Tour since those exploits but that was the same case last season and a run to a grass-court final in an Italian Challenger event last week shows her to be in decent touch. 

The German was also far from disgraced in her latest start in Stuttgart, where she pushed world number one and Wimbledon favourite Iga Swiatek to a deciding set. 

That suggests she is playing to at least a similar level to last year and at 1/1 she looks a solid bet to again have the measure of Cirstea, who may be struggling for confidence having lost five of her last six matches.

Wimbledon preview - Day 1

Defending men's champion Novak Djokovic raises the curtain on the first day of Wimbledon, with the super Serb hoping to make a fast start against Pedro Cachin as he sets his sights on recording a fifth straight success at the All England Club.

The 36-year-old has already claimed the first two Major titles of the year in Australia and France and will be determined to keep his calendar Grand Slam hopes alive with an eighth Wimbledon victory, a feat which would see him move level with old foe Roger Federer.

Jannik Sinner, beaten in five sets by Djokovic in last season's quarter-final, and runner-up Nick Kyrgios are two other great entertainers in action on day one of the men's draw.

In the women's event, world number one Iga Swiatek is the star attraction and the potent Pole kickstarts her grass-court Grand Slam against Lin Zhu.

There is also a match for the ages taking place in the women's draw as five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams takes on former world number three Elina Svitolina.

WhatWimbledon 2023
WhereAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
WhenMonday 3rd July - Sunday 16th July
How to watchBBC Sport & Eurosport

Wimbledon Men's outright - Novak Djokovic 4/7, Carlos Alcaraz 7/2, Jannik Sinner 16/1, Daniil Medvedev 20/1, Alexander Zverev 33/1

Wimbledon Women's outright - Iga Swiatek 5/2, Elena Rybakina 15/4, Aryna Sabalenka 5/1, Petra Kvitova 12/1, Coco Gauff 14/1

Broady should reward home support

There is plenty of British interest on day one of Wimbledon with Harriet Dart, Jodie Burrage and Katie Swan in action in the women's draw and Dan Evans, Jan Choinski and Liam Broady spearheading the home challenge in the men's event.

Of those six British representatives, Dart is the only player considered to be a strong favourite as she takes on French youngster Diane Parry, but Broady should also make his presence felt.

Broady also takes on a French opponent in Constant Lestienne, who is officially ranked 74 places above the Briton in the world rankings.

However, the 29-year-old from Stockport looks more natural on grass and their only previous meeting on the surface in Nottingham last year went his way as he prevailed 6-4 4-6 6-3.

Broady showed his capabilities when reaching the third round last year after recording wins over Lukas Klein and Diego Schwartzman while Lestienne is making his Wimbledon debut.

The home hope has also been far from disgraced during this grass-court season. 

At Queen's Club, Broady was unfortunate to lose in three sets to Adrian Mannarino, who went on to finish runner-up in Mallorca, and then he defeated compatriot Choinski in Eastbourne.

On both last season's evidence and recent grass-court form, Broady looks the one to beat and would be well worth supporting at 8/13.

The other Briton that makes appeal at the prices is world number 30 Evans, who is 4/5 to get the better of Quentin Halys.

Evans has made the third round of Wimbledon in three of his last four visits while it is believed that French opponent Halys is at his best on clay, a slower terrain.

Halys, 46 places lower in the world rankings, has won only three matches in 16 Grand Slam appearances and tends to struggle when competing at this level.

Venus hoping for a fairytale ending

At the age of 43, five-time Wimbledon heroine Venus Williams is back for more at the All England Club and recent performances have been encouraging from the wildcard entry. 

The American great sprung a surprise when beating Camila Giorgi in the opening round in Birmingham and built on that when pushing eventual champion and world number 17 Jelena Ostapenko to a deciding set in round two. 

That suggests plenty of her ability remains and each of her three matches during this grass-court campaign have lasted three sets, which should have taken away some of her rustiness. 

The problem is that her opponent, Svitolina, is also rejuvenated having made the French Open quarter-finals last month. 

The Ukrainian was a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2019, so has no problem translating that performance to the grass, and she is rightly favourite at 4/9

However, those looking for a wager could be tempted by backing a three-set contest at 6/5 as this promises to be an epic. 

Wawrinka could roll back the years

It is fair to say that 38-year-old Stan Wawrinka is not getting any younger but the three-time Grand Slam champion is capable of one last hurrah against Emil Ruusuvuori. 

Wawrinka has been performing with real credit recently and at last month’s French Open he overcame Albert Ramos-Vinolas in five sets before suffering a 3-2 defeat of his own against Thanasi Kokkinakis. 

The Swiss veteran has kept himself fresh since then and that should stand the two-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist in good stead against his younger Finnish opponent. 

Wawrinka did take Sinner to four sets in the opening round last year and there is every hope that he can upset Ruusuvuori who, having made the semi-final in Hertogenbosch last month, has since disappointed in the opening round at Queen's and Eastbourne. 

Those defeats to Grigor Dimitrov and Gregoire Barrere suggest a wiley Wawrinka could be worthy of interest at 7/4.

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