Alexei Popyrin v Daniil Medvedev: Popyrin (+2.5 sets) – 4/7
We fancy Alexei Popyrin to give 11th seed Daniil Medvedev a run for his money in the second round on Wednesday. Medvedev got past Paolo Lorenzi in the first round in straight sets, however, Lorenzi was good enough to take Medvedev to a tie-breaker in two of those sets. Popyrin defeated Pablo Carreno-Busta in three sets in Round One, building on his successful qualifying campaign.
This is a significant step up for Popyrin, so it would be brazen to follow him outright. However, it is reasonable to expect that the lad who took former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic to a final set tie-break a few weeks back in Stuttgart would have enough to at least take a set here.
Hsieh Su-wei v Kristen Flipkens: Su-wei 2-0 in Set Betting – 6/5
We reckon the perennially underestimated Hsieh could be too good to drop a set against the journeyman-like Belgian Flipkens. Before this week, the out-of-form Flipkens got knocked out in the first round in straight sets in her two previous grass court tournaments. Whereas Hsieh did much better, beating the likes of Aryna Sabalenka and Camila Giorgi so far this grass season.
Barbora Strycova and Simona Halep account for her only losses on the surface this year, and there is no shame in losing to that pair. Hsieh only dropped four games in the previous round in beating grand-slam champ Jelena Ostapenko on her favourite surface. If this form carries over, it should be enough to oust Flipkens in the minimum required in Round 2.
Guido Pella v Andreas Seppi: Pella to win – 13/8
Undoubtedly, neither player would appreciate the surface they are playing on at SW19, but as such, maybe this is a reason to oppose the favourite here. Guido Pella is higher-ranked and has far more thread on the tyres than his 35-year-old opponent.
Neither clay courter has an awful lot of grass form this season as you’d expect, however, Guido was the only man worthy enough to take a set off Taylor Fritz as he grabbed his maiden title at Eastbourne last week. Losing to the eventual champion isn’t bad at all and it’s enough to give us confidence in a small investment here.
* All odds correct at time of posting.