TENNIS BETTING: Live on BBC from 12.00: Andy Murray has found timely form but the business end of the competition yields tough matches; Tsonga up next. Compare all Wimbledon Odds.
Roger Federer remains 9/5 fav with 10bet for the Wimbledon title after brushing aside Jurgen Melzer 3 sets to love and looks certain to reach the final if he can carry that form over into the quarters against Berdych and then a probable line up with Novak Djokovic, the Serbian 12/1 at Boylesports. It would take a brave ounter to back against Federer in a grass final, especially as he wants to equal Pete Sampras’s record of 7 Wimbledon titles.
Federer’s main challengers from the other half of the draw arguably constitute all 4 players, the other half being far more competitive. Nadal is the obvious choice, 7/2 at Betdaq but he has been tested over 5 sets a couple of times already. Robin Soderling, 9/1 at Boylesports, is Nadal’s opponenet in the quarters and can really cause the Spaniard problems. Soderling is 6/4 with Bodog to succeed against Nadal and he can definitely give it a great go. Murray’s odds have dropped dramatically now he has become the only player left not to drop a set, defeating Sam Querry 3-0. Murray can be backed at 5/1 with Totesport but must first face Tsonga and then possibly Nadal or Soderling to reach the final.
Venus William crashed out to unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova in the largest shock of the ladies’ competition. Serena Williams now crashes in from 5/6 to 2/9 with Paddy Power as she brushed aside 9th seed Li Na. Venus was the only true opposition that could cause Serena a problem and now, barring an even bigger upset, the Wimbledon title is Serena’s.
First she must face unseeded Kvitova in the semi’s, Serena is 3/10 to win that match 2-0 with Skybet, or perhaps 5/1 to win 2-1 at William Hill if you think Kvitova can use some momentum to nick a set.
Pironkova must now face the tricky Zvonareva who beat Clijsters. Zvonareva can be backed at 7/1 with Betdaq to win overall.