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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Wimbledon Middle Sunday 2013 (June 30th)

Wimbledon is the only Major tennis tournament that decides to take a day off in the middle Sunday of the event and that is the position we have reached after an interesting first week of the tournament.

That does mean that Monday is going to be a packed schedule as always with all the Fourth Round matches to be played on the one day.


Despite some of the huge headlines we have seen this week with big upsets and withdrawals throughout both draws, it does lead to mind that it could be a slightly disappointing second week with the potential big matches the draws thrown up not coming to fruition. The British media won't be disappointed as Andy Murray's chances of winning Wimbledon have increased, while Laura Robson is having another good run at a Grand Slam following her successes at the US Open last year.

A Grand Slam tournament going into the second week without Roger Federer hasn't happened since the French Open in 2003 and his defeat in the Second Round has a lot of people worrying about this being the end of his time as a real threat at Grand Slam level. Federer is going to be ranked at World Number 5 next week when the new Rankings come out and life is just going to become more and more awkward for him at the Majors.

Federer was still speaking a good game following his defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky, but it is tough to see where he goes from here after a tough six months in 2013. His old rival, Rafael Nadal, is another who will have to answer some questions about himself in the coming weeks as the Tour moves onto the hard courts of North America, although I expect the Spaniard to bounce back from a disappointing First Round exit here.

The problem for Nadal is that the North American hard court swing is not his favourite time of the season so both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray could be the players to beat in New York in a couple of months time after both are expected to reach the Final here at Wimbledon.


A quick look at the first week of the tournament shows that both of my outright picks from the Women's draw have fallen off, while Rafael Nadal was one of the players I backed in the Men's draw.

However, Novak Djokovic is going well and the layers were offering money back if Andy Murray wins so that leaves those picks in a decent position. David Ferrer is still on course to win his Quarter, but he will need to play much better next week than he has in the first week when he had to battle through three tough matches.

The daily picks have been in very good shape after another decent day on Saturday and hopefully that will continue on Monday for the next week of the tournament.

Picks from Monday's matches will be up on the blog on Sunday as we all get a rest day to enjoy the sun in London with a break from the tennis.


Wimbledon Update: 13-7, + 12.24 Units (39 Units Staked, + 31.38% Yield)

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