Andy Murray is now 7-4 with Bet365 to win the Wimbledon title after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets in their semi-final clash. The man standing in his way is none other than six-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer who ended Novak Djokovic’s title hopes on Friday.
Murray has now become the first Briton to reach the final of the men’s event since Bunny Austin in 1938 and is now just one match away from following in the footsteps of Fred Perry who won the tournament in 1936. The Scot, who began Wimbledon fortnight as a 12-1 chance with the bookmakers after some moderate performances, has picked up his game when it matters most and was greatly helped by the early exit of Rafael Nadal. That left his side of the draw invitingly open and, although Ferrer and Tsonga are World Class players, they are ranked a good few places below Murray and he was rightly favourite to reach the final. In defeating both players in four sets, he arrives at the final at the peak of his game.
Roger Federer moved within sight of equalling Pete Sampras’s record of seven Wimbledon titles by defeating the World Number One Novak Djokovic. Federer has won sixteen major tournaments but it would be foolish to believe that this one will mean any less to the Swiss superstar. Victory over Murray would see him reclaim the status of World Number 1 in a year that has seen a sustained challenge from Federer to the perceived dominance of Djokovic and Nadal. His last Wimbledon final was back in 2009 and it would be an outstanding achievement for him to clinch a seventh title this weekend. Djokovic put up a strangely subdued performance on Centre Court of Friday and Federer seized his chance. Bet365 make Federer 1-2 to thwart Murray’s title dreams.
They also offer numerous other markets including individual sets, total number of games and handicap betting. The shortest price on offer for set score is 11-5 for Federer to win by three to nil, whereas it is 6-1 against Murray prevailing by the same score.
In contrast to the men’s final, the women’s final is seen as a foregone conclusion by the bookmakers with Serena Williams at 1-7 Agnieszka Radwanska (9-2). If Murray cannot end Britain’s drought in the men’s tournament, there is still hope of a British victory in the doubles event. Jonny Marray became the first Briton to reach the men’s doubles final at Wimbledon for 52 years when partnering Freddie Nielsen stunned the defending champions Mike and Bob Bryan from America. Marray and Danish-born Nielsen will face Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau or Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner in the final.
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