But the biggest shock that I can certainly remember in my time following events at SW19, was played out late last night when, under the roof of Centre Court, world number 100 Lukas Rosol knocked out world number 2 Rafael Nadal in 5 scintillating sets of top class tennis.
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So the lesson learnt from yesterday must be that there is no such thing as a dead cert!
I’m not entirely sure what the odds were but I’m guessing you wouldn’t have got more than 1/100 for Rafa to power past the unknown Czech and march on to the 3rd round but alas, the great 11-times Slam winner was slayed.
This emphasises that it really is important to keep your stakes low and just enjoy the tournament, although I assume a lot of money will now be coming in for world number 1 Novak Djokovic who must’ve been licking his lips at the prospect of not having to defeat Nadal to take the glory at Wimbledon this year.
With this in mind, day 6 sees a very ambitious accumulator from me, which I believe can come up trumps, but as it is an acca, as always to approach it with caution!
Marco Baghdatis vs Andy Murray (1/10)
Murray has defeated the Cypriot once already this year and will have been boosted by Nadal’s exit yesterday, handing him a seemingly easy route to the final.
Brian Baker vs Benoit Paire (11/8)
Baker has been in great form this week and caused some big upsets along the way, but I expect young Frenchman Paire to stop him in his tracks, ranked over 70 places above the American and at a big price here.
David Ferrer vs Andy Roddick (2/5)
Ferrer has already beaten the huge-serving American 6 times thus far, expect him to make it lucky number 7 today as he continues his impressive form this season.
David Goffin vs Mardy Fish (4/7)
10th seed Mardy Fish looked far from convincing against the battling Brit James Ward in the last round, and that game would have taken a lot out of the veteran Yank. Belgian youngster Goffin will look to take advantage of that and can cause another upset here.
Phillip Kohlschreiber vs Lukas Rosol (11/8)
After defeating the great Rafa Nadal, the world is Rosol’s oyster, and he can cause another upset here if he continues to play with no fear and only ridiculously hard-hitting power instead.
Kei Nishikori vs Juan Martin Del Potro (2/7)
Japanese Nishikori has never beaten Del Potro, and I don’t expect him to buck that trend this time. Juan Martin will have too much experience, especially on the grass for his top 20 opponent.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Lukas Lacko (1/12)
Tsonga is in unstoppable form at present, and is a bit of a dark horse to cause a real stir amongst the top 3 in this tournament. This pair have never met previously, and Lukas may regret this meeting!
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