Wimbledon betting – Big three progress to last four alongside former semi-finalist
The quarter finals at Wimbledon went exactly as we predicted. The top three seeds sailed into the last four without dropping a set while our pick in the fourth match, Richard Gasquet, came through a five set epic to beat French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
Keep reading for our Wimbledon men’s semi finals preview.
Repeat of 2012 Olympic final as Andy Murray faces the seven time champion
If you have a ticket to Friday’s action on Centre Court you could scarcely have picked a better pair of matches. The highlight of the day is likely to be a match between two closely matched former champions.
Andy Murray came through his quarter final with the unseeded Vasek Pospisil in straight sets despite having to cope with a couple of rain delays. The Centre Court roof was eventually closed and Murray was pleased to come through the match unscathed.
After his 6-4 7-5 6-4 win he said: “It was difficult, we were stopped a couple of times. I felt I played some good stuff. He served extremely well for periods. I tried to change my return position at the end of the second set to see the returns better.”
The Scot’s record at Wimbledon is absolutely superb and this is his sixth semi-final in seven years. His opponent in the last four will be the seven time champion Roger Federer who has also been in stunning form over the last ten days. The 33-year-old has dropped one set and lost just one service game in his smooth run to the semi-finals.
The pair have met on 23 occasions before with Federer boasting a narrow 12-11 lead. The Swiss player has won the last three meetings, almost double bagelling Murray at the ATP World Tour finals last year (he won 6-0 6-1). The pair have met twice on the Wimbledon grass; in 2012 when Federer won the last of his seven titles and later that summer when Murray took revenge to win gold at the Olympics with an easy straight sets triumph.
It should be a terrific match. Murray is the 4/5 favourite but we like the chances of the in-form Federer at 19/20.
Wimbledon betting favourite can reach third Grand Slam final of the year
Before the tournament started it was clear that Novak Djokovic was always going to be the man to beat at Wimbledon. The Serb has lost just one match since March 1st – the French Open final – and he has progressed to the last four relatively untroubled, with the exception of a tough last eight tie against the big-serving Kevin Anderson.
Djokovic sailed through his semi-final with Marin Cilic in straight sets without giving the big Croat a break point opportunity in the entire match. The Wimbledon betting favourite made just 12 unforced errors on his way to a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win. “It was a very solid performance after a tough five-set match against Kevin in the fourth round,” Djokovic said.
“I didn’t know how my body was going to feel. I was hoping I was going to play well and that’s what I did. The top players are expected to reach the final stages of these competitions, but still I’m happy to make my way through. Of course I try not to take it for granted.”
Djokovic’s opponent in the semi-final is the 21st seed Richard Gasquet. Had fourth seed Stan Wawrinka prevailed in their quarter-final match it would have been the first time for 20 years that all of the top four seeds had reached the last four at Wimbledon. Instead, the talented Frenchman reached his second Wimbledon semi, taking the fifth set 11-9.
Gasquet has lost 12 of his previous 13 matches against Djokovic and the top seed should win at 1/20.