Here we go! All the excitement as the tournament gets nearer and then you remember there are so many matches on at once in the first round that you can’t see the wood for the trees!
The Trading Advice email will be covering all matches and there are 64 matches on it today. Sleep is over rated anyway.
The first matches are on court at 11:30.
ATP Wimbledon, 11:30 – Klizan v Verdasco
Klizan doesn’t have a good record on grass. He lost in the first round last year though took the opening set from Nadal. He has won just 4 of his 13 grass matches.
Verdasco is the better player on this surface and has played reasonably well in his 4 matches this season. He also lost in first round last year. He took Murray to 5 sets in their quarter final in 2013. He was 2 sets up.
Verdasco is too low at the start. Back him if he goes a break behind.
WTA Wimbledon, 11:30 – Flipkens v Beck
Head to heads are 1-1. Their most recent meeting was this season on an indoor hard court. Flipkens won in 2.
Flipkens hasn’t done so well on grass this season. She performed better in 2014 on this surface. She reached the third round at Wimbledon and the quarter final at Eastbourne.
Beck had a poor season up until the French Open where she found some form and reached the 3rd round. Since then she reached the quarter finals in Holland and in the ITF grass tournament in Ilkley.
Looks like a 3 setter. I give a slight edge to Beck.
Lay Beck if she goes a break ahead. Expect a few breaks of serve
ATP Wimbledon, 13:30 – Nieminen v Hewitt
Hewitt leads their head to heads 5-0. They haven’t played since 2012.
At Queens Club Hewitt served for the match against Anderson who went on to reach the final. It was a dramatic meltdown but at least he got himself into a winning position in the first place. He reached the second round of Wimbledon last year.
Nieminen has been poor all season. He also reached the second round last year.
This one is probably decided by how Hewitt plays. His best days are obviously well behind him but if he can get his act together and not choke he could take this. I wouldn’t be backing him below 2.00 though. In fact I will probably wait to see if he loses the opening set before considering backing.