This weekend at ComeOn! HQ, we got our thinking caps on and came up with a number of value bets that you might consider putting in your coupons this summer. With Wimbledon just hours away, here’s three long shots that could offer some good value.
Stunning legacy aside, Roger Federer has had a turbulent 12 months in tennis. After a loss of form and concerns growing over his ongoing back troubles, the betting odds certainly don’t emanate confidence regarding the Swiss’ chance of winning his 7th Wimbledon title.
Whilst this year’s draw has been relatively kind to him, at the age of 34, you have to wonder how long he can compete at the highest level for.
In his first round match-up, Federer faces Argentine Guido Pella, a player who has never made it past the first round of Wimbledon in his career to date. Although the odds are relatively slim for the world number 51 to cause an upset, his performances at Grand Slam tournaments so far this annum have been encouraging.
Pella made it past the first round in both the French and Australian opens and the South American might have pulled up more trees at Roland Garros if it hadn’t been for a second round capitulation which saw him throw away a 2 set lead to lose 3-2 to Frenchman Gilles Simon.
As the odds suggest, the chances of Federer suffering a shock first round defeat are practically non-existent but at a juicy price of 25/1, we’re going to put our necks on the line and bet on the fact that Roger’s ageing legs and troublesome back may count against him in South London this week.
We’ve waxed lyrical about Milos Raonic’s chances of Wimbledon glory on this blog before and despite the Canadian having a poor record against some of tennis’ elite (he has won just a single set against Novak Djokovic to date), we feel this might be the year the 25-year-old finally comes of age. Whilst not expected to do the unthinkable at Wimbledon, we feel at 15/1, an each-way bet might offer a sliver of value in SW19.
In spite of seemingly ‘bottling it’ against the world’s ‘big four’, Raonic’s relatively young age must be taken into account. It is easy to remember a fledgling Andy Murray at the age of 25 who seemingly had no luck against the big boys at the mid-point of his career but still managed to go on and win two Grand Slam titles just a few years later.
Powerful server Kyrgios is another supposed dark horse at this year’s Wimbledon tournament and as a player who is predominantly suited to grass, the 21-year-old will feel right at home in London this summer. His ATP world rankings have been steadily rising over the past months; he has now breached the world top 20 and in a 2016 which has already seen him claim scalps off the likes of Stan Wawrinka and our man Milos, there’s no reason why the stars couldn’t align at the British Open this year for Kyrgios to enjoy a very successful tournament indeed.