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The Safety Net – Isner to go further at Wimbledon than last year

| 23.06.2011

With many of the big favourites at Wimbledon such short prices to win their respective matches, this has ruled them out of being selected as today’s Safety Net bet.

The aim of the Safety Net bet is to guarantee a profit of £20 each day and although we have £215.50 in our kitty from our initial bankroll of £50, we are still slightly limited in what we can pick.

As much as Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki are almost certain winners of their Wimbledon showdowns today, the fact they are 1/50 and 1/33 respectively to beat Kevin Anderson and Virginie Razzano means we have to look elsewhere.

David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Julia Goerges are all players who were closely considered to be today’s Safety Net bet, but in the end we have settled on one of our most riskiest selections yet by opting for John Isner to beat Nicolas Almagro.

This is potentially dangerous because Isner has never previously made it past the second round at Wimbledon, while he is also facing the number 16 seed.

However, Isner was still a relative unknown when knocked out in the first round at 2008 and then missed 2009 altogether because of mononucleosis.

He then was involved in that legendary tussle with Nicolas Mahut in the opening round last year and the toll this took on his body virtually ensured that he would go no further.

Isner has been in good form so far in 2011, most notably when taking Rafael Nadal to five sets at the French Open, while his ability to serve and volley should prove a particularly useful weapon on grass.

Spaniard Almagro may be the number 16 seed, but grass is by far his worst surface and he only plays on the court when he has to.

Therefore, we will be placing £45 on Isner beating Almagro at Wimbledon odds of 4/9 in an effort to extend our winning streak to six successive correct predictions.

Current Status:
Bank: £215.50
Today’s stake: £45
Best case scenario: £235.50
Worst case scenario: £170.50

Last Safety Net bet: Tsvetana Pironkova to beat Petra Martic at 1/2

Wealth warning: although we are confident the safety net bet’s strategy will be profitable over a period of time, the nature of sport means we cannot guarantee you will win every single time.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.