The grandest Grand Slam of them all begins in London on Monday afternoon. Wimbledon has a big card over the next two days, with unlimited tennis available for wagering. This is the best time to bet on Wimbledon.
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There is a lot of tennis to sift through this week. While the stakes get bigger later at Wimbledon, the betting options are reduced. As a handicapper, I appreciate the earlier rounds in tournaments for the large menu.
Novak Djokovic is going to be the most followed player at Wimbledon. He opens his Wimbledon title defense on Monday against Korean Kwon Soon-woo.
You won’t find any Russians playing at Wimbledon this year; most notably, Daniil Medvedev is missing from the tournament. Medvedev can take a vacation after getting upset versus Roberto Bautista-Agut at Mallorca.
Djokovic has won six Wimbledon titles, five of which he did without playing in a prep tournament, such as Halle or Mallorca. He still trails Roger Federer, who has eight Wimbledon titles in his career. That motivation has to drive Djokovic at this point in his career.
The Serb hasn’t played in a tournament since that loss on May 31 in the quarterfinals. Instead of playing a lesser tournament, he used the time to regroup and charge the batteries.
Kwon Soon-woo will look for an epic upset in the opening round at Wimbledon. He was pushed out of the French Open in a 7-6, 3-6, 2-6, 4-6 loss to Andrey Rublev in the opener.
Kwon lost in the first round to Hugo Gaston in the Netherlands in his latest performance. The 24-year-old will have to find an effort he’s never had before to beat Djokovic. Head below for our free Djokovic vs. Kwon prediction for June 26, 2022.
Novak Djokovic vs. Kwon Soon-woo Wimbledon Live Betting Odds:
|Novak Djokovic||-9.5 (-125)||-20000||Over 27 (-125)|
|Kwon Soon-woo||+9.5 (-105)||+2100||Under 27 (-105)|
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|125% up to $2,500|
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Djokovic vs. Kwon Prediction:
Kwon has lost four straight matches going into Wimbledon. For his recent struggles and No. 75 ATP ranking, he draws Djokovic to open the biggest tennis tournament in the world.
Since beating Aljaz Bedene on May 16 at the Lyon Open, 4-6, 7-6, 6-0, Kwon has gone on a four-match losing streak. He lost to Yosuke Watanuki, 3-6, 4-6, and losing ever since then.
Following his loss to Rublev, he dropped a 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 match to Christopher O’Connell at the Surbiton Trophy.
In his last tournament to gear up for Wimbledon, Kwon was in his first worst form with a 2-6, 1-6 loss. It’s worth nothing that none of these losses were versus seeded foes.
His last match against a seeded opponent was on May 2 at the Madrid Open in a 5-7, 5-7 loss to Cameron Norris and then Sebastian Baez in the qualifying round for the Italian Open, a 4-6, 4-6 loss.
Overall, Kwon is 49-47 in his ATP career. He’s played just six matches on the grass over the last two years, with a record of 3-3 and 9-9 in sets.
They played last year, with Djokovic winning quickly by a score of 6-1, 6-3 at the Serbian Open on the clay. That was over in a hurry, as Kwon had no answer.
Keep in mind that Djokovic was torching fields before his loss to Nadal. He had won nine, all in straight sets before Nadal went vintage Rafa where he feels most comfortable on the clay at Roland Garros.
Djokovic has to feel fresh and motivated after a loss at the French Open. He has nothing to feel bad about with that loss. Djokovic just ran into a Rafa on fire on his “home” court.
Look for him to make easy work of Kwon again in the second meeting of their careers. Kwon may keep it close for a set, but expect Djokovic to pull away. I’m looking at a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win and cover to begin his Wimbledon title defense.