It’s worth a double take.
The reigning world No.1, 19-time Grand Slam winner and defending Wimbledon champion, faces the world-ranked 20-ranked clay specialist from Chile, who has never played on center court. Still, the “Pre-Match Insights” section of the Wimbledon website, dubbed “Watson” by data provider IBM, gives Garin a 43% chance of beating Djokovic.
Before you get tempted to give underdog Garin that kind of credit with your wallet, just know that the betting markets don’t agree with Watson. For example, an online scorer gives Djokovic a 97% chance of winning the match. It looks more like it.
Wimbledon pre-match previews
How does IBM offer the 57%? According to a press release, these ratings are intended to “improve” the “fan experience” and are generated using AI (artificial intelligence).
According to IBM, “The AI-generated content will bring up player information to better inform fans of current details on player performance before each game. It will present the IBM Power rankings and generate a probability of winning before the start of the match, anticipating the outcome even before the first serve is hit. “
Compared to the tight odds in the Djokovic-Garin match, IBM’s algorithm gives Andrey Rublev a greater chance of beating Marton Fucsovics (59% to 41%) and believes Matteo Berrettini is a much safer bet against Ilya Ivashka (65% to 35%).
Supporters of Novak Djokovic have long said the man considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time is not respected enough. Now they can add Watson to their persona non grata listing. If only he was a person.
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