Medvedev vs. Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Monday July 3, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Wawrinka -305 / Medvedev +245 -- Over/Under:
Stan Wawrinka and Daniil Medvedev meet in the first round of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Stan Wawrinka hopes to right the ship on grass court, as he hasn’t won a match on this surface since the first round of last years Wimbledon. Wawrinka finished clay season on a very strong note, but he’s had his issues on grass over the years and when you add that to his history of struggling in early rounds of tournaments, he’s a bit of a question mark heading into the Wimbledon. Still, Wawrinka has improved drastically in grand slam play over the years and its tough to break his rhythm once he’s playing with that swagger and shotmaking ability. Wawrinka hasn’t lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2014 French Open. Wawrinka has lost his last three matches on grass court.
Daniil Medvedev enters this tournament with a 9-2 record on grass court this season and just gave Novak Djokovic two competitive 6-4 sets in Nottingham. Medvedev should be rather confident entering this match given his recent success on this surface and the fact he’s beaten quality players during that stretch including Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey. If Medvedev can continue to be aggressive with the return and win 40-plus percent of his return points like he has consistently in recent tournaments, he has a chance to get the biggest win of his young career. Medvedev has never made the second round of a grand slam in his career. Medvedev has won five of his last seven matches on grass court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
Given Wawrinka’s struggles on grass and the fact he’s usually a slow starter in tournaments, this is a dangerous match. Medvedev is playing a terrific all around game right now and already has impressive wins under his belt. If Medvedev can carry over that momentum, he has a shot to win this match. While I’m not bold enough to call an outright win, I’ll take a shot with Medvedev and the spread. The kid is playing too good right now to pass up the value.