Kevin Anderson’s win over Federer was historic. Not only did he come back from two sets down, he saved match point and also ended Federer’s run of 34 consecutive sets won at Wimbledon. His next hurdle is John Isner while in the other semi two very familiar foes go to battle – Nadal and Djokovic.
Men’s Semi Final Previews
Kevin Anderson v John IsnerBacking up following a epic 13-11 win in the 5th set over Federer will be a very tough task for Anderson. The Wolf has nothing but respect for the South African who has been rewarded for his remarkable work ethic over the last 24 months. What The Wolf does have is concern that he cannot back up after what was a mentally and physically draining win. He has a 3-6 record in Grand Slam matches following a 5 set win and has won only 3 of 11 matches against Isner. The America’s serve has been incredible throughout the tournament. He is averaging 32 aces per match and is winning 84% of points behind his first serve. This is a huge opportunity for Isner and The Wolf says he will take full advantage. Best Bet: Isner WIN ($1.91)
Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal It is one of the greatest rivalries in the history of tennis and they meet for the first time at Grand Slam level since 2015. Djokovic has a slight edge in the H2H (26-25) but that advantage is more significant if you take away their matches on clay. Djokovic leads 15-7 in matches on all other surfaces and looks to have found his groove again. He has generated more breaks of serve (31) than any other player and his defence is back to it’s best. In recent years, Rafa has been unable to hit through Djokovic and his tactic of targeting his opponents backhand does not work against Novak. Their last 7 meetings have been decided in straight sets with only 1 of their last 5 slam encounters going the full five sets. Novak and Unders. Best Bet: Djokovic -1.5 ($1.91)