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Wimbledon day two: Bencic to serve up a glimpse of the future

| 23.06.2014

It’s expected to get pretty stuffy in England’s capital for the second day of Wimbledon 2014, with the likes of Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Stan Wawrinka gearing up for a sweat in the 26-degree heat as they begin their 2014 assaults on tennis’ premier event.

The aforementioned trio are all a bit short to progress through their openers, but we’ve pulled together a few 8/13 shots to bring you a likely treble that pays out at just under 9/4.

Julien Benneteau to beat Gilles Muller @ 8/13

Benneteau has been in excellent doubles form this season, with the 32-year-old and partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin becoming the first French doubles champions at Roland Garros since 1984 and bowing out in the semi-finals at Queen’s last week.

Having reached the fourth round in SW19 four years ago, before being beaten in four sets by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Benneteau gave Federer an almighty fright in 2012, when going two sets up on the eventual winner.

He couldn’t find a way past Fernando Verdasco in last year’s second round, when 31st seed, but should at least make it there for the fifth season running at the expense of Switzerland’s Muller, whose past form at Wimbledon is unexceptional and has struggled with injury so far in 2014.


Belinda Bencic to beat Magdelena Rybarikova @ 8/13

One of Rybarikova’s four WTA titles came on grass – the 2009 Aegon Classic in Birmingham – and she is thought to favour the surface above all others, but the 25-year-old Slovak has never made it past the first round at Wimbledon in six successive attempts.

She’ll have a tough time trying to right those wrongs against last year’s girls champion Bencic, who has shot up the world rankings this season after a string of fine performances, which includes a run to the semi-finals of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, USA in late April/early May.


Tommy Robredo to beat Lukas Lacko 8/13

The world number 22 gave eventual champion Andy Murray a decent third-round workout at last year’s Wimbledon, after winning both of his previous matches without dropping a set.

Robredo looks somewhat overpriced for this clash with Lacko, who has been a first-round victim at the All-England club in three of the past five years.


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Alex Fortune