Wimbledon Tennis Day 2 Predictions, Picks & Best Bets: Matteo Berrettini in trouble right away

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Wimbledon tennis is underway at the All-England Club, where the favorites – Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek – on both the men’s and women’s side cruised into the second round. 

The season’s third Grand Slam continues on Tuesday, when women’s defending champion Elena Rybakina and men’s #1 Carlos Alcaraz take the court. I compiled a perfect 3-0 record with my Wimbledon Day 1 best bets, so now let’s take a look at my plays for Day 2. Also, be sure to check out my best outright bets on both the men’s and women’s sides. 

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Zhizhen Zhang +2.5 games over Botic van de Zandschulp (-111)

As expected, Van de Zandschulp still hasn’t recovered from his epic collapse against Holger Rune in the Munich final during the clay-court swing this spring. It was without question the meltdown of the year in tennis, as the Dutchman served for the title multiple times and had a total of 4 championship points that went by the wayside. Any 1 of them would have given Van de Zandschulp his first ATP title. Since that result, he has lost in the first round of 5 consecutive tournaments. There is no reason to think the skid will end, not only because of VDZ’s own problems but also because Zhang is a worthy opponent.

Zhang just advanced to the Eastbourne week by beating Lorenzo Sonego and Maxime Cressy – 2 outstanding grass-court wins. The Chinese underdog should be able to win this matchup straight up, but take the extra couple of games on the spread as insurance.

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Marc-Andrea Huesler -1 game over Yosuke Watanuki (-109)

It would be nice if a left-hander from Switzerland was half Rafael Nadal, half Roger Federer. That is absolutely not Huesler; but he is good enough to win this first-round match – and he should be a much bigger favorite in it. Huesler advanced one round in both ‘s-Hertogenboch and Stuttgart earlier in the grass-court season (which included successful qualification in Stuttgart), so he has plenty of wins on grass under his belt.

Watanuki does the same, but none of those victories were noteworthy (the best one was over a now-retired Feliciano Lopez) and he lost in Wimbledon qualifying before getting a lucky-loser spot in the main draw. I expect Huesler to win this match comfortably.

Parlay: Lorenzo Sonego over Matteo Berrettini and Lucia Bronzetti over Jaqueline Cristian (-105)

This parlay has a distinct Italian flavor. We’re going with 2 Italians to win but also 1 Italian to lose. That’s right, there is a head-to-head showdown between compatriots in the form of Sonego vs Berrettini. They just faced each other, too, as Sonego trounced Berrettini 6-1, 6-2 on the grass courts of Stuttgart. Berrettini has not played a match since that result, so there is no reason to think he will suddenly turn the tide on Tuesday. Mainly due to recurring injuries, the former Wimbledon runner-up (2021) is a shadow of his former self right now.

Sonego should roll, and Bronzetti will likely do the same. After all, Cristian has never won a single match on grass throughout the entirety of her career. Bronzetti, on the other hand, finished runner-up in Bad Homburg to cap off her grass-court preparation in style. 

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