Wimbledon Tips: Large British interest on Thursday

 | Wednesday 3rd July 2024, 15:30pm

Wednesday 3rd July 2024, 15:30pm

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Thursday sees plenty of home interest at SW19, with two all-British match-ups taking place, while wildcard Jacob Fearnley is in action against seven-time champion Novak Djokovic.

Read on below to see my Wimbledon tips for Thursday, July 4.

Wimbledon Tips - Thursday, July 4

  • Jack Draper to beat Cam Norrie 3-1 @ 11/4
  • Novak Djokovic to beat Jacob Fearnley 3-0 @ 4/11
  • Katie Boulter to beat Harriet Dart 2-1 @ 3/1

Tennis Odds

Jack Draper to beat Cam Norrie 3-1 @ 11/4

On the day that Andy Murray waved goodbye to his singles career at Wimbledon, Jack Draper stepped in to give the Centre Court crowd a show in his opening-round match on Tuesday.

The British number one prevailed in a five-set thriller against Elias Ymer to set up a Battle of Britain meeting with Cameron Norrie - the man he replaced as the nation's top-ranked male player a fortnight ago.

Norrie booked his place in the second round with a straight-sets victory over tournament debutant Facundo Diaz Acosta, and the 28-year-old was a semi-finalist here back in 2022 but suffered first-round defeats at Eastbourne and Queen's in recent weeks.

Draper will know that he'll have to play much better to go deep into this tournament, starting against his compatriot on Thursday. I think Norrie can cause problems but I fancy the 22-year-old to emerge triumphant in four sets.

Jack Draper to win 3-1 at 11-4

Novak Djokovic to beat Jacob Fearnley 3-0 @ 4/11

Jacob Fearnley is another Brit in action on Thursday, and the wildcard has said he'll 'embrace the special experience' of playing Novak Djokovic when the two meet on Thursday.

Fearnley claimed a 7-5 6-4 7-6 (14-12) on his main draw debut at the All England Club, but he'll be fully aware that the odds will be stacked against him when he faces the seven-time champion Djokovic.

The 37-year-old showed no signs of discomfort in his first match since knee surgery, as he cruised through his opening encounter against Vit Kopriva, dropping only five games, as he bids to lift a record-equalling eighth title at SW19.

I'm sure the British public would love to see Fearnley's fairy tale continue here, but Djokovic will have too much quality for the Brit, advancing to the next round in straight sets.

Djokovic to win 3-0 at 4-11

Wimbledon Odds

Katie Boulter to beat Harriet Dart 2-1 @ 3/1

Another all-British clash this one, as British number one Katie Boulter takes on British number two Harriet Dart.

Boulter weathered an early storm to overcome Tatjana Maria in her opening match, while Dart's route to the second round was more straightforward - she enjoyed a 6-4 6-0 win over Zhuoxuan Bai.

Neither player has made it past the third round at SW19, but I'm more inclined to back Boulter here as the 27-year-old has enjoyed a terrific season so far, defending her title in Nottingham and earning the biggest trophy of her career in San Diego in February. The most recent meeting between the two saw Boulter prevail in three sets en route to that title defence in Nottingham.

I'm expecting this match to go the distance but for British number one Poulter to come out on top.

Boulter to win 2-1 at 3-1

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