Andy Murray did it the hard way against Fernando Verdasco as he reached the Wimbledon semi-finals, losing the first two sets to the Spaniard before fighting back in dramatic fashion to set up a last four showdown with giant Polish youngster Jerzy Janowicz.
The big-serving 22-year-old will provide an entirely different test for the world number two after his clash with Verdasco and the head-to-head between the pair shows them level at one-apiece, but both of those matches were on hard courts and Murray’s movement on grass should ensure he progresses relatively smoothly.
In the other semi-final, Novak Djokovic, Sportingbet’s tournament favourite at 3/4, locks horns with Juan Martin del Potro and the world number one is 1/7 via Betfred to get the better of the 2009 US Open champion (11/2, bet365).
The 24-year-old Argentine comfortably saw off David Ferrer despite suffering a knee injury so he certainly poses a threat provided his fitness holds out but Djokovic is likely to be just too strong and Ladbrokes chalk him up at 10/11 to win without dropping a set.
Elsewhere, BetVictor go 1/3 about Murray and Djokovic contesting Sunday’s final and it’s 17/5 with Boylesports for both players to register straight sets victories in their respective semi-final matches.
Murray and Djokovic to both win in straight sets – 17/5 (Boylesports)