Marathon men face off at Wimbledon


Novak Djokovic’s slump is well and truly over as he gears up for his first Grand Slam final since the 2016 US Open against marathon man Kevin Anderson.

Djokovic to win 3-1 @ 11/4

A fourth All England Club men’s title for the Serb looked a long way off when withdrawing from his quarter-final with Tomas Berdych 12 months ago.

However, the more he has played on the SW19 grass, the better he has looked on his return, peaking in the high-class semi-final win over world number Rafael Nadal and he is the 1/6 favourite to win Sunday’s final.

That last-four clash had been dubbed the final by some but it would be foolish to look beyond Anderson, who has shown incredible grit and determination to get this far.

The 17/4 South African will be playing in his second Grand Slam final, having lost to Nadal at the US Open last year, but appears to have learnt from that experience.

The eighth seed has already overcome Roger Federer from two sets down before coming through the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history against John Isner, with the final set lasting almost three hours.

Recovery for both men will be vital, with Anderson playing two epics to reach the final, while Djokovic was forced to turn out on Saturday due to the length of Anderson’s match.

That should be part and parcel of going through a Grand Slam event for both men and shouldn’t have much of a detrimental effect, particularly given Anderson’s main weapon is his serve.

Over 39.5 Total Games @ 20/23

The 32-year-old sent down 49 aces, winning 84 per cent of first-serve points, so Djokovic will need to be on top of his return game to keep his giant 6ft 8in opponent at bay.

Anderson has a decent ground game as well and should keep it tight for the most part, potentially leading to a couple of tie-breaks.

There were three tie-breaks in Anderson’s semi-final and one in Nadal’s so the under/over games market is well worth a look.

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