Novak Djokovic has never been to a Wimbledon final; he aims to change that this year as he shoots for the ATP's top ranking and the third Grand Slam title of his career. First, though, he must continue to take care of business, and third round business comes in the form of 30th ranked Marcos Baghdatis. The two players are scheduled to hit Centre Court at approximately 10:30 AM ET tomorrow morning. Sports Betting Odds have Djokovic listed as a -5000 moneyline favorite to move on to the fourth round of play.
Novak Djokovic's dream of a French Open title did not come to fruition as the Serbian saw his tremendous 2011 win streak come to a halt in the semifinals at Roland Garros. Djokovic lost to a masterful Roger Federer 6-7, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 in the fading Paris' light, leaving him just short of his first finals appearance at the French.
Djokovic looks to have recovered from that disappointment as he easily dispatched his first two Wimbledon opponents, Jeremy Chardy and Kevin Anderson.
"The Djoker" won both matches in straight sets, but he had a little more difficulty with Anderson, who managed to hit eight aces and 22 winners in the second round loss. Djokovic prevailed 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 after hitting seven aces and 31 winners of his own.
Marcos Baghdatis, who reached the Australian Open final and Wimbledon semifinals in 2006, needed five sets to dispose of James Blake in the first round, but he rebounded with a straight sets victory in the second.
Baghdatis beat Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6, 7-5, despite landing just 57 of his 114 first serve opportunities. The Cyprus native scored 14 aces and 34 winners in the victory.
Tomorrow's match will be the fifth meeting between Djokovic and Baghdatis. Djokovic currently holds a 4-0 advantage in their head-to-head matches, with one of his victories coming in the 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinals. The two last played at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in February of 2010.
Wimbledon 2011 Odds Novak Djokovic vs Marcos Baghdatis Predictions:
Novak Djokovic -5000
Marcos Baghdatis +1200