Lukas Rosol. It’s a name that not many people were familiar with heading into Thursday’s slate of tennis action, but the 26-year old pro out of the Czech Republic that has never won a singles title before caught the tennis world’s attention with his stunning upset of Wimbledon frontrunner Rafael Nadal on Thursday. Get your tennis odds at Bovada.
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With the amazing win in five sets (6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4), Rosol punched his ticket into a third-round matchup on Saturday against Philipp Kohlschreiber, who currently ranks 30th in the ATP rankings. Kohlschreiber is a slight favorite in this matchup at -150 (Rosol is +110), coming in off a win in straight sets over Malek Jaziri. Can Rosol catch lightning in a bottle again and continue to dominate with his serve, or will Kohlschreiber bring him back down to earth?
No. 5 David Ferrer is a -240 favorite over No. 25 Andy Roddick (+180) Saturday. Both players are coming in off straight set victories as Ferrer topped Kenny De Schepper 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 and Roddick beat Bjorn Phau 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. Neither player has lost a set at Wimbledon yet as both got through their first-round opponent in straight sets as well.
No. 9 Juan Martin Del Potro defeated Japanese pro Go Soeda in the second round (6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4) on Thursday, and will face another talented Japanese pro this Saturday in No. 20 Kei Nishikori. Nishikori beat Mikhail Kukushkin (7-5, 6-3, 6-4) in the first round and Florent Serra (6-3, 7-5, 6-2) in the second to become the first Japanese player to reach the third round at Wimbledon in 17 years. Del Potro is favored at -335 while Nishikori is a +240 underdog.
Other matchups scheduled for Saturday include No. 4 Andy Murray (-1200) vs. No. 42 Marcos Baghdatis (+600), No. 6 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (-1600) vs. No. 60 Lukas Lacko (+700), No. 70 David Goffin (-130) vs. No. 12 Mardy Fish (+100), and Brian Baker (-180) vs. No. 55 Benoit Paire (+140).
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