Wimbledon betting going to form as big four set to meet in mouthwatering Wimbledon semi-finals
While lots of the top seeded women have already fallen by the wayside at Wimbledon this year, the men’s semi-final line-up could well match the seeding. The big guns are all still in the tournament – although in Novak Djokovic’s case only just after the Serb had to come from two sets down in the last sixteen.
Keep reading for our Wimbledon men’s quarter finals preview.
Murray eases into quarter finals with unseeded player next
Andy Murray‘s march to a potential Wimbledon final remains on course after the Scot beat the experienced Ivo Karlovic on Centre Court. The third seed had to hit 62 winners against the big-serving Croat and won 7-6 6-4 5-7 6-4 in just over three hours, much to his relief.
“I came up with some good lobs and passing shots. I just needed to keep him low,” Murray told BBC Sport. “It was an incredibly difficult match. It was mentally tiring because you just have to be ready when the chances come.”
Murray’s reward for his win is a quarter final match against the unseeded Vasek Pospisil. The Canadian has shown tremendous grit in the last two rounds to come from behind to win five set encounters with James Ward and Victor Troicki and having won just one match at Wimbledon before this year he has exceeded all expectations.
Murray could scarcely have wished for a better draw and can win at 1/25.
One of the unsung heroes of this year’s tournament is 12th seed Gilles Simon. The 30 year old has flown somewhat under the radar and this year is his best run at Wimbledon in eleven attempts. Indeed, it’s only the second Grand Slam quarter final of the Frenchman’s career but he has beaten the talented Gael Monfils and sixth seed Tomas Berdych to get to this stage.
He’ll face Roger Federer who has glided into the last eight and appears to be in superb form. The former world number one was excellent in his straight sets win over 20th seed Roberto Bautista Agut and should reach his 10th Wimbledon semi-final at 1/9.
Gasquet can defy Wimbledon betting to reach the semi-final
After months out through injury it is perhaps no surprise that US Open champion Marin Cilic has struggled this tournament, dropping a set to the wild card Denis Kudla in the last round and almost being eliminated in five set marathons with Ricardas Berankis and John Isner.
However, his quarter final appearance actually equals his best record at the tournament and the big Croat has a 17-7 record at Wimbledon. However, Cilic’s next opponent is the top seed and tournament favourite Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic had to dig deep in his last 16 match to beat the big-serving Kevin Anderson, eventually coming through 7-5 in a fifth set. After his win the number one seed said: “This was one of the most difficult matches I have played at Wimbledon in my career. It was high-quality tennis in the fifth set. At times I was helpless with my return – it was very difficult to read his serve and he was very aggressive.
“I was two sets down and coming back to win gives me great satisfaction and confidence for my next challenge.”
Djokovic is 1/16 with Cilic available at 29/4.
Richard Gasquet overcame some bizarre on-court antics from the unpredictable Nick Kyrgios to win in four sets and the former Wimbledon semi-finalist now faces the fourth seed champion Stan Wawrinka. The French Open champion beat David Goffin in straight sets and the match with the French number 21 seed could be one of the highlights of the round.
The pair have only met twice in almost a decade on Tour and so this is an intriguing prospect. We fancy Gasquet to cause an upset and win at 7/4.