Roger Federer versus Alexandr Dolgopolov - a betting preview

Published on July 3rd, 2017 2:16 pm EST
Written By: Cian Murray
Tennis ball - The Bounce - Illustration. Ukrainian, Dolgopolov, will be cursing his luck after drawing the legend that is Roger Federer in the first round of this year's Wimbledon.

After the draw was made, everybody had the same question - "is there any chance of an upset?"

The answer is "probably not." The pair has played each other three times before and Federer has won every single one of those matches. In fact, Dolgopolov is yet to even take a set. They faced off in last year's Australian Open and Federer took the game 6-3 7-5 6-1.

Thus, the 12/1 available for the Ukrainian may be better spent elsewhere and the fact that Federer is 1/50 makes us think that we should avoid the 'to win' market totally. If you fancy a repeat performance from Federer, you can back him to win all three sets at a price of 2/9.

However, this is Wimbledon and very often players can up their game for their appearances on the grass court here. Thus, Federer to win by three sets to one doesn't seem like a bad bet to us.

This is priced at a tantalising 9/2. If you think it will be even closer than that and the Swiss genius will be pushed all the way, you can back Federer to win by three sets to two at a price of 19/1. To be honest, we don't see this challenge being that troublesome for the maestro, but you never know!

If you think his challenger will catch him on the hop, a good bet may be for Dolgopolov to take the first set. This is priced at 5/1 and could be a worthwhile wager as the Ukrainian's best chance could be before Federer works his way into the game. A non-warmed-up Federer is a vulnerable Federer after all.

Over 3.5 sets is priced at 3/1 and may capture the imagination of gamblers who want to spread their bets a little. A nice little bet we noticed was for either player to win a set 6-1 - this is priced at 9/1 and considering Federer's dominance and history, it's not impossible to see him doing that in a dominant victory.

Either player to win a set 6-2 is priced at 11/2 and may be another wager which you fancy. In truth, this is an uneven match-up and the wise money will be on how much Federer wins by, rather than 'will he win?'

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