The grass court action has almost reached its peak as we are just two matches away from knowing who the finalists will be. The team at SportsTips.com couldn’t be more excited to preview both Semifinal clashes. Read below to check out our picks for the two intriguing clashes we have this round in the men’s side of the draw at Wimbledon for 2022!
The Semifinals at Wimbledon is upon us, and just one unseeded player remains, Australian Kyrgios, while on the flip side, we still have the number one and two seeds left in the draw. The final player left in the draw is local hope, Norrie, who is the ninth seed.
With the number one and two seeds still left in the draw, who is good enough to crack this Grand Slam wide open and move into the Final? Will we see another Grand Slam title go to either Djokovic or Nadal? Or will we see an unseeded player crowned champion? All will be revealed soon!
Enjoy our free tennis picks and predictions for each round at Wimbledon for 2022.
Novak Djokovic (1) vs Cameron Norrie (9)
The number one seed, Novak Djokovic, is just one win away from making yet another Grand Slam Final appearance, and standing in his way is local fan favorite, Cameron Norrie. Djokovic faced a massive scare in the Quarterfinals, going two sets down to Sinner, before winning the final three sets to progress. Norrie also had a tight five set battle with Goffin in the last round, but he came through and kept the dream alive of a Brit lifting the Wimbledon trophy.
Novak Djokovic showed how hard it is to beat one of the big three at a Grand Slam when he rallied from 2 sets down to knock out the young Italian Jannik Sinner. Novak raced out to a 4-1 lead and was one breakpoint away from 5-1 before Sinner won six of seven games to secure the first set and then took the second 6-2. As many expected though, Djoker went into lockdown mode from that point on, only committing 14 unforced errors in the final three sets and only dropping four (!) points on his first serve.
After taking out the world number 13 in the Quarterfinals he now gets the world number 12 and local hero Cameron Norrie in the Semifinals. Norrie had a battle himself that went five sets with David Goffin, having to come back from down a set two separate times. He is on a nine-match winning streak in Semifinal matches including a couple wins against top 5 players Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev, but this is a totally different mountain to climb. In their only previous meeting, Novak won comfortably 6-2, 6-1 and I expect something similar to the dismay of all the British fans.
Jeffery’s Wimbledon Pick:
Set Betting – Djokovic 3-0 (-175)
Novak Djokovic maybe is not as dominant as he once was but his experience and winning mentality can still lift him above any opponent. That is exactly what happened in the Quarterfinal match in which Djokovic was two sets down against Jannik Sinner but still found a way to turn things around and stay in the race for his seventh Wimbledon title. Previously, Djokovic defeated Tim van Rijthove, Miomir Kecmanovic, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Soon-woo Kwon. Once again Djokovic will have the Wimbledon crowd against him as he will face the home hero Cameron Norrie in the Semifinal.
Djokovic has easily beating him in their only match so far, 6-2, 6-1 at the ATP Masters final last year. The Serbian is 22-5 so far in the season and 6-0 on grass. Cameron Norrie has become the best British player at the moment and the home crowd is hoping to see him in the Wimbledon Final this year. It is hard to believe that that will happen but the 26-year-old definitely earned his spot in the Semis. Norrie, who is currently no. 12 in the world, is coming off a five-set comeback win over David Goffin. Previously, he went past Tommy Paul, Steve Johnson, Jaume Munar and Pablo Andujar. Norrie is 32-15 so far in the season and 6-2 on grass.
Marko’s Wimbledon Pick:
Set Betting – Djokovic 3-0 (-175)
Britain’s Cameron Norrie has enjoyed a stunning fortnight in making his first ever Grand Slam Semifinal. Norrie is arguably the most improved player on the ATP Tour and is certainly one of the hardest working. He had to show a tremendous amount of grit and fight in order to advance past David Goffin in the previous round. I wasn’t expecting Norrie to be as troubled as was against the Belgian and it was clear the home crowd helped power him over the line. Despite having the home crowd in his corner, this could be a match too far for the Brit who will need to produce the match of a lifetime to reach his first ever Grand Slam Final.
Norrie will be pleased that Novak Djokovic also had to battle through in five sets against Jannik Sinner to reach yet another Grand Slam Semifinal. It’s a sign of the Serbian’s greatness that he was able to find a way through despite not playing his best tennis. Djokovic is looking for his 4th straight Wimbledon title and his 6th in the last seven years. His abilities on grass are vastly underestimated and there is an argument to be had that he is the greatest grass court player of all time. The two have only played once before and Djokovic won that encounter in straight sets. The two play in a similar fashion but Djokovic just does it better. The first set will be crucial and Norrie needs to win it. If he doesn’t it could be a long day at the office.
Jack’s Wimbledon Pick:
Set Betting – Djokovic 3-1 (+280)
Nick Kyrgios vs Rafael Nadal (2)
*Note: Rafael Nadal has since retired from the match, a day before he was due to play. Nick Kyrgios will now play in his first Grand Slam Final.*
Australian, Nick Kyrgios, is the last remaining unseeded player, and is probably one of the last opponents Rafael Nadal would have wanted to see on the other side of the net. Kyrgios has made it through to the Semifinals taking out the 26th and fourth seed, and the Quarterfinal game was probably his best, beating Garin in straight sets. Nadal had a real fight on his hand against American Fritz in the Quarterfinals, it was a match that went to a fifth set tiebreaker, where Nadal won 10 points to four.
The legend of Rafael Nadal seems to grow every match and it surely did after his Quarterfinal win over Taylor Fritz on Wednesday. The Spaniard went down a set two separate occasions and was also contemplating retiring several times but stuck through it and gutted out a five set victory, taking the final set 7-6(4). The match lasted over four hours and Nadal admitted his abdominal injury had him changing up his strategy and serve so the day off in between matches will be crucial. Next up in his quest for a 23rd Grand Slam title is Nick Kyrgios, an opponent he knows very well. They’ve played each other 9 times (Nadal 6-3) but this version of Kyrgios seems to be in his prime at the moment. The Australian took out Christian Garin in straight sets in the Quarterfinal to advance to his first Wimbledon Semifinal and now has a prime opportunity to get to his first Final.
These two met earlier in the year in the Quarterfinals of Indian Wells on hardcourt, with Rafa pulling out the three-set victory. Despite that, it is Nadal who is the underdog in this one and a lot of that has to do with the supposed injury. This reminds me a lot of this year’s French Open when Rafa faced Novak Djokovic and no one was giving him a chance because of injury and he easily won in four sets. I can see something similar happening here and anytime I can click a plus money button on Rafael Nadal in a bet I am taking it, as this guy just finds new ways to win matches all the time. It will be an entertaining one for sure but I’m rolling with Rafa here to deal with the nerves better and advance to yet another Grand Slam Final.
Jeffery’s Wimbledon Pick:
Match Winner – Nadal (+125)
Rafael Nadal had huge problems in the Quarterfinal match playing through injury and somehow defeating Taylor Fritz in the fifth set tie breaker. The 22-time Grand Slam champion proved that he is special once again but things are pretty much up in the air as the Semifinals are approaching. His physical condition is questionable and that will definitely play a huge role in the match against Kyrgios. Nadal is having an amazing season winning the first two Grand Slams this season. He leads Kyrgios 6-3 in their head to head matches with the last one being a 2-1 win this year in Indian Wells. Nadal is currently ranked no. 4 in the ATP rankings and is 36-4 overall and 6-1 on grass.
Nick Kyrgios is in his first Grand Slam Semifinal. He also had some back problems in the Quarterfinal match but not as serious as Nadal’s. Kyrgios defeated Cristian Garin in straight sets to find his way to the Semis. Previously in the tournament, the Aussie defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas, Filip Krajinovic and Paul Jubb. He is currently no. 40 in the world and has a 21-6 record for the season and 12-2 on grass.
Marko’s Wimbledon Pick:
Total Games – Over 41.5 (-120)
Arguably the most eagerly awaited contest in the entire Semifinal lineup on both sides of the draw, Nadal vs Kygrios is bound to provide fireworks. Fitness could be the key to the contest with both Nadal and Kygrios struggling with various ailments. Despite being 36, and having achieved so much in his career, Nadal’s five set victory over Taylor Fritz was one of the best of his career. Nadal had to use every ounce of fight and determination he had in his body to emerge victorious in the final set super tie-break. It summed up why Nadal is one of the greatest champions to ever grace the sport. Troubled by an abdominal issue, Nadal admitted that he doesn’t know if he will even be able to take the court for this match but being so close to a third major win of the year, you have to believe Nadal will be doing all he can to get his body ready to compete.
There is no love lost between these two, and Kygrios will be looking to beat Nadal and reach his first ever Grand Slam singles Final. Nagged by a troublesome shoulder injury, Kygrios has moved away from the sassy, irritable player we have become accustomed to seeing. Instead in his wins over both Brandon Nakashima and Cristian Garin, the Australian has shown tremendous levels of professionalism and has let his tennis do the talking. Kygrios has top ten ability and when his mind is clear, he is a match for anyone. On grass Kygrios arguably starts as the match favorite. The two have played twice at Wimbledon with both players winning one contest apiece. In such a huge match it’s hard to bet against the Spaniard and I will make him my tentative selection, but this could go either way.
Jack’s Wimbledon Pick:
Set Betting – Nadal 3-1 (+425)
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of BetMGM.