Wimbledon Betting Tips : Men’s Semi-Final Preview
Wimbledon Semi-Final Betting Lines
By Matt Pitt
Milos Raonic (+150) vs. Roger Federer (-188)
Canada’s Milos Raonic, the world number seven, takes on Switzerland’s Roger Federer, the world number three, in the first of the Wimbledon 2016 semi-finals in a match that promises to be one that tennis fans should not miss.
The pair have met 11 times previously, with Raonic winning twice, the last time being in Brisbane on a hard court where he won 6-4 6-4.
Raonic’s quarter-final match against big server Sam Querrey went to four sets where Raonic ran out a 6-4 7-5 5-7 6-4 winner, but Federer will prove a much sterner test. Raonic enjoys playing on grass as is evident by his final appearance at Queen’s a couple of weeks ago where he lost to Andy Murray.
Roger Federer made hard work of his Wimbledon 2016 quarter-final match against Marin Cilic, coming from two sets down to beat his stubborn opponent. Playing five sets takes a lot out of players, so it will be interesting to see how Federer copes if this match goes beyond the standard three sets.
Federer is the -188 favorite to progress to the final, and the shortest odds for set betting are 3-0 to him at +250, partly because Federer played some excellent tennis in his superb comeback victory over Cilic.
I can see Raonic winning a set against the great man; 3-1 Federer is priced at +275.
Pick: Roger Federer to win 3-1 at +275
Tomas Berdych (+600) vs. Andy Murray (-1000)
Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych is all that is standing between Andy Murray and another Wimbledon final. Although the bookmakers massively fancy Murray to get the job done, it could be a much tighter match than they expect.
Berdych is ranked ninth in the world and looked in good form when he beat Lucas Pouille in straight sets in the quarter-final.
Although he has a losing record against Murray, Berdych has won six to Murray’s eight in previous matches, but the pair have never faced each other on grass; Murray has won the last four encounters between the two.
Murray was made to work hard in his quarter-final game against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, throwing away a two set lead to progress with a 3-2 win.
In an interview with the BBC, Murray said that going to five sets will help him, and that having a rest day before he faces the big hitting Berdych will help him recover from the marathon game.
A 3-0 Murray win is priced at -139, mostly because he usually bounces back after being tested to the maximum, but Berdych could sneak at least one set here, with 3-1 at +260, which is my bet.
Pick: Andy Murray to win 3-1 at +260
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