August 9, 2022


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The quarter-finals begin Tuesday at Wimbledon with a pair of men’s matches and a pair of women’s matches. The men’s side favorite will face what could be their toughest challenge yet, as the crowd try to overcome a home favorite in what should be a winnable match. Hardly anyone expected three of the four women in action on Tuesday to make it this far, while one of the pre-tournament favorites will have the spotlight on her as she tries to enter uncharted territory at most. depth of a major tournament.

All of these players have shown their form by going through the first four rounds of the Grand Slam on grass, but a mixture of past results and matchups can help project who will have the upper hand in the future. Below is an overview of Tuesday’s four singles matches. All match odds are taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, but you can sometimes find more favorable odds on some of these matches by looking at other mobile sportsbooks such as FanDuel, BetMGM or Caesars.

SINGLES MEN

Novak Djokovic (-900) against Jannik Sinner (+550)

The 10th-seeded Sinner won quite comfortably as an important underdog against Carlos Alcaraz in the previous round, and he’s the more exciting bet here against the heavily favored Djokovic. These two have only met once before, with Djokovic winning in straight sets on clay in Monte Carlo last year. Sinner, 20, has taken a step forward since then while Djokovic has taken a step back from his historic 2021 season. Sinner has pretty good footwork and more than enough power to take on Djokovic in grassroots rallies , and he can also break his serve at over 130mph but isn’t too reliant on his serve to win points, so Djokovic’s return prowess won’ It didn’t give him an overwhelming advantage like he did made against Tim Van Rijthoven in the round of 16.

Cameron Norrie (-220) against David Goffin (+180)

Norrie is ranked 46 places ahead of Goffin at No. 12, but Goffin had been a fixture on the edge of the top 10 before battling injuries in recent years. Even with a day off in between, it’s possible the 31-year-old Belgian’s body could still feel the effects of Goffin’s four-hour, 36-minute fourth-round victory over Frances Tiafoe, while Norrie won each of his last two. matches in consecutive sets while spending four hours and 11 minutes on the court during this period. The crowd will be behind the only British singles player remaining in the draw for what will be Norrie’s first career Grand Slam quarter-final and fourth for Goffin, who is 0-3 at this stage. nowadays.

SINGLES WOMEN

Ons Jabeur (-380) against Marie Bouzkova (+290)

Third seed Jabeur has a huge opportunity ahead of her but will need to keep her cool as there is no seed between her and the Wimbledon final. Jabeur’s underrated serve and heavy use of slices and dropshots make her an ideal stylistic fit for the grass, and she’s yet to drop a set in this tournament, although it’s fitting. to note that she lost her two previous Grand Slam quarter-final matches. Bouzkova hosts a breakout tournament and beat No. 7 seed Danielle Collins in the first round, but it was Jabeur’s match to lose to world No. 66.

Jule Niemeier (-195) against Tajana Maria (+160)

Neither of these unheralded Germans were expected to get to this point, but now the two are eyeing a winnable match to make it to the semi-finals at Wimbledon. There are no ranking points awarded at Wimbledon this year, but the 22-year-old Niemeier has shown at this tournament that his ranking is unlikely to stay at 97th for much longer. Niemeier has dropped just one set while losing no more than four matches in any of the eight sets she has won, including a 6-4, 6-0 second-round thrashing of the header from series #2 Anett Kontaveit. The young German’s power play should allow her to control most rallies against Maria, who is a cunning veteran at 34. The 103rd-ranked mother-of-two has already pulled off two Houdini acts to escape 7-5 in the third set against the pair. Sorana Cirstea and Jelena Ostapenko, but Maria’s 12-34 Grand Slam career record prior to this tournament suggests her luck will likely run out.