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Novak Djokovic vs Denis Kudla Predictions, Tips & Live Stream – Djokovic to continue remorseless Wimbledon progress

  • Novak Djokovic vs Denis Kudla predictions & tips
  • The third-round match is being played at Wimbledon on Friday 2 July
  • Novak Djokovic has seen under 28.5 games in 5 of his last 6 Grand Slam matches against players ranked 101+
  • I am backing Djokovic vs Kudla to last under 28.5 games
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Novak Djokovic is on a 15-match winning streak at Wimbledon (Getty Images)
Hannah Wilks 02 Jul 2021
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Novak Djokovic vs Denis Kudla Predictions

Novak Djokovic cruised past former finalist Kevin Anderson in 27 games to reach the third round and is now on a 16-match winning streak at Wimbledon.

Denis Kudla has reached the last 16 at Wimbledon before and is an excellent grass-court player, but he has never remotely challenged Djokovic in the past and it would be very surprising if he did so now.  

  • Novak Djokovic has seen under 28.5 games in 5 of his last 6 Grand Slam matches against players ranked 101+
  • Novak Djokovic has won his last 15 Wimbledon matches
  • Novak Djokovic has won 4 of his last 6 Grand Slam matches against unseeded opponents by more than 9.5 games
  • Denis Kudla has seen under 28.5 games in both of his previous Grand Slam matches against Novak Djokovic
  • Denis Kudla has seen under 28.5 games in 4 of his last 5 best-of-five set Wimbledon matches 
  • Denis Kudla has lost 8 of his last 9 Grand Slam matches against seeded opponents


Novak Djokovic has a 2-0 record vs Denis Kudla.

Djokovic beat Kudla 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at Wimbledon in 2019 and 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 at the US Open the same year.

Novak Djokovic Stats

Nationality: Serbia
Age: 34 (22 May 1987)
Height: 6’2” (188cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 1
Career High: 1 (July 2011)
Career Singles Titles: 84
2021 Singles Titles: 3
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 19
Wimbledon Best Result: Champion (2011, 2014-15, 2018-19)

Novak Djokovic Form

Since dropping his first set of the tournament to British wildcard Jack Draper, Djokovic has won the subsequent six he has played by the following scorelines: 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

In the second round, Djokovic faced Kevin Anderson in a rematch of the 2018 final. Anderson had pushed Djokovic to five sets at Wimbledon before but was given no opportunity this time.

Djokovic hit just six unforced errors in the match as he efficiently broke Anderson’s serve four times, losing just seven points behind his first serve. This is the kind of form which looks set to continue for the five-time champion. 

Denis Kudla Stats

Nationality: USA
Age: 28 (17 August 1992)
Height: 5’11” (180cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 114
Career High: 53 (May 2016)
Career Singles Titles: 0
2021 Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
Wimbledon Best Result: R16 (2015)

Denis Kudla Form

Journeyman Denis Kudla has always played some of his best tennis on grass, compiling a 70-41 record on the surface. He has made the final of multiple Challengers on grass, including Nottingham in 2021; was a Halle semifinalist in 2018; and in 2016, reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

Kudla has spent most of his season on the Challenger Tour, and had to come through qualifying at Wimbledon, so has already won five matches. He did not drop a set in qualifying, and came back from two sets down in the first round to beat 30th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Kudla backed up his win over Davidovich Fokina with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Andreas Seppi.

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Novak Djokovic and Denis Kudla meet in the third round of Wimbledon on Friday 2 July.

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Djokovic’s priority is to reach the second week of Wimbledon without expending too much energy, and he will aim to record the same kind of efficient win over Kudla that he did over Anderson.

Kudla can play some good grass-court tennis, but he has never been able to meaningfully challenge Djokovic. It does not look likely that he will find a way to do that this time.

Best Bet: Under 28.5 Total Games @-107.53 at Unibet - 4 Units
Value Bet: Djokovic -9.5 Games Handicap @118.00 at Unibet - 1 Unit

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