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Fantasy Wimbledon: Today's top tips

Fantasy Wimbledon
by Mark Hodgkinson
Thursday 26 June 2014

There are some great value players to be had for your team, and don't forget, it's still not too late to get started. 

Those playing Fantasy Wimbledon – and it's not too late for you to sign up – will have an added interest in Rafa Nadal's rematch with Lukas Rosol. Can Rosol do it again? Can Rosol, who clumped the ball through the Centre Court grass to defeat Nadal at the 2012 Championships, smack winners past the Majorcan when they meet in Thursday's second-round encounter? 

If Rosol can touch the heights of 2012, when he hit 65 winners and made 29 unforced errors, he will score plenty of points for anyone who has invested 400 stars on the Czech as their 'Power' player. With each winner earning two Fantasy Wimbledon points, and one Fantasy point deducted for every unforced error, the quality of Rosol's hitting two summers ago would have been worth 101 points. But perhaps you're of the opinion that Nadal will out-hit Rosol this time? With the values based on the data from the last three Wimbledons, Nadal's value is lower than Rosol's in this category, at 300 stars. 

If you search in the categories, there are some big-name players at lower values; you could, for instance, have Maria Sharapova in your Fantasy Wimbledon player for just 100 stars. That's the Siberian's value in the Net Play category. Sharapova earned seven Net Play points in her first-round match against British wild card Samantha Murray – she won four points at net, worth two Fantasy points each, and lost one net point, which meant a loss of one Fantasy point. Will she perform better at the net when she plays her second-round match against Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky? 

One player who could prove to be excellent value in all categories is Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic – as a wild card, who hadn't previously competed at Wimbledon, he is valued at 50 stars for each of the five skills or components. Vesely didn't have time to score many Fantasy Wimbledon points during his opening-round match as his opponent, Victor Estrella of the Dominican Republic, retired through injury before they had completed the first set. In his next match, Vesely plays Gael Monfils of France. 

Remember that there is a weekly prize – so all those who signed up after the first round could still win the prize for the second week. And perhaps even the overall prize for the fortnight, should they have great judgment and a little bit of good fortune. 

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