Novak Djokovic vs Jarkko Nieminen Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Djokovic vs Nieminen | Wednesday 1 July, 2015 | Wimbledon | 11.30
Number 1 seed Novak Djokovic meets Jarkko Nieminen on Wednesday in the second round of the Championships at Wimbledon.
Defending champion Djokovic came through a difficult challenge from Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round to win 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Despite winning in straight sets, the game did not all go his way.
Djokovic looked a little rust in his first competitive game since the French Open, making some uncharacteristic errors, but he soon got into the swing of things.
The Finn forced Djokovic to work hard but he pulled through in just over 2 hours. After the match the Serb praised his opponent’s performance, commenting, “He can be very tricky on all surfaces, especially grass, and had nothing to lose, but I managed to stay composed.
“I made the crucial breaks at 5-4 in all three sets, so hopefully it can stay that way for me.”
Nieminen’s route to the second round was far tougher than Djokovic’s, coming off a four hour, five-set match against Lleyton Hewitt.
Hewitt ended his Wimbledon singles career falling at the first hurdle to Nieminen after his knees began to give way in the penultimate game of the match.
Nieminen was able to capitalise on his opponent’s weakness and broke to win the final set.
This will be the seventh time that Djokovic and Nieminen have come head to head with the Serb victorious in five of those meetings. They clashed most recently just a month ago in the French Open where Djokovic won in straight sets.
Nieminen has beaten the world number one on just one occasion, in Sydney back in 2009. This will be the first time the pair have met on grass.
Novak Djokovic vs Jarkko Nieminen Betting Tips
You’d be mad to bet against the reigning Wimbledon champion at this stage of the competition. We think this one will be a walk in the park for Djokovic so our money’s on a straight sets win for the Serb at 7/50.