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.
Serena Williams has hit odds on after beating Maria Sharapova, 5/6 at Ladbrokes to win overall. She now faces a kind run in after some surprise results. First she will face Li Na, a talented player in her self but surely no match for Serena. After that she will face an unseeded player for a place in the final. Sister Venus, 12/5 with Paddy Power, must deal with Kim Clijsters if she is to reach the final but in all reality, it’s looking like an all Williams affair again for 2010.