Wimbledon Accumulator Tips: Raducanu to reach round four

 | Thursday 4th July 2024, 19:55pm

Thursday 4th July 2024, 19:55pm

Tennis Grass Court Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu will be looking to cheer the British fans on Friday when she takes on ninth seed Maria Sakkari in the third round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon.

World number one Jack Sinner and defending champion Carlos Alcaraz are both in action on the men’s side, but a clash of two older stars could prove more interesting from a betting angle. Read on for my Wimbledon accumulator tips for Friday, July 5.

Wimbledon Accumulator Tips - Friday, July 5

  • Roberto Bautista Agut to beat Fabio Fognini @ 4/9
  • Emma Raducanu to beat Maria Sakkari @ 4/6
  • Jasmine Paolini to beat Bianca Andreescu @ 4/5
  • Alexander Bublik to beat Tommy Paul @ 5/4

Accumulator pays 8.75/1

Tennis Odds

Roberto Bautista Agut to beat Fabio Fognini @ 4/9

This looks like a winnable match for Roberto Bautista Agut, the former top-10 player and Wimbledon semi-finalist who is on the comeback trail after injury.

The Spaniard’s leg was crushed when he fell off a horse last summer and he recently dropped outside the world’s top-100 for the first time since 2012.

But the 36-year-old looks as fit as a flea now and will enjoy this clash with fellow tour veteran Fabio Fognini.

They have not met since 2019, but Fognini used to get the better of Bautista Agut on clay with the Spaniard usually prevailing when they met on hard courts.

The Italian beat eighth seed Casper Ruud in round two, but the Norwegian has never been past that stage in four previous Wimbledon campaigns, so don’t read too much into the result.

Robert Bautista Agut to win at 4-9

Emma Raducanu to beat Maria Sakkari @ 4/6

The odds on another Emma Raducanu win are tempting here as they could easily be shorter given how much hype usually surrounds the Briton’s good performances.

The former US Open champion is 5-2 on grass over the past 12 months and takes on a player who has never been beyond the third round at Wimbledon before.

Maria Sakkari is ranked number nine in the world, but suffered first-round losses in her last three grass court tournaments prior to Wimbledon, including last year’s SW19 exit to Marta Kostyuk.

Raducanu recently beat fifth seed Jessica Pegula on grass for her first-ever top-10 win, so should not be overawed by the task ahead of her.

The 21-year-old’s statistics on grass are also encouraging, with Raducanu having won 66.2 percent of her service games, 43.3 percent of her return games and converted 61.4 percent of her break-point chances on grass over the past year.

Sakkari has a 63.6 percent winning percentage in service games, but only a 22.7 percent winning percentage in return games and a 35.7 percent break point conversion rate on grass in the same timeframe.

Emma Raducanu at 4-6

Wimbledon Odds

Jasmine Paolini to beat Bianca Andreescu @ 4/5

A close match is anticipated between seventh seed Jasmine Paolini and former world number four Bianca Andreescu.

Paolini came through a tough second-rounder on Court One against Greet Minnen, while Andreescu, who used her protected ranking to enter the main draw, saw off 26th seed Linda Noskova in straight sets.

The Italian, who beat Andreescu at the French Open last month, struggled with what she felt was a lower bounce on the show court.

But with two huge male stars and several Brits in action on Friday, this match looks likely to be scheduled for an outside court and that may suit the seeded player here.

Jasmine Paolini at 4-5

Alexander Bublik to beat Tommy Paul @ 5/4

Alexander Bublik has been playing through the pain barrier to get his game in shape for Wimbledon and looks capable of knocking Queen’s Club champion Tommy Paul out in the third round.

Bublik said he felt pain-free following Wednesday’s win over Arthur Cazaux, finishing the Frenchman off in straight sets to back up his first-round win over Jakub Mensik.

Grass is Bublik’s favourite surface, so it was strange to see him struggle at the Halle and Eastbourne events preceding Wimbledon.

But the 6ft 5in star has been dogged by a leg injury and even had to call a medical timeout during his five-set win over Mensik on Monday.

Paul played well at Queen’s but has struggled to find ways to break the serve of Wimbledon opponents in the past.

The American has beaten Bublik three times before but lost their only meeting on grass and may struggle to deal with the Kazakh’s unorthodox playing style.

Alexander Bublik at 5-4

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