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Murray favoured to make debut Wimbledon final appearance

| 06.07.2012

Following a gruelling bout with David Ferrer, Andy Murray is 4/9 favourite to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in what will be his fourth consecutive Wimbledon semi-final appearance.

Murray eventually bested Spaniard Ferrer in an energy-sapping battle that lasted just short of four hours, triumphing 3-1 after initially conceding a set to the Spanish number two.

Now fully recovered from the back injury that troubled him last month, the Scot looks to have a superb chance of making his first ever final at the All England Club.

Opponent Tsonga will undoubtedly prove tough opposition, but punters willing to back him at 7/4 should be wary that he has beaten Murray just once in their six previous encounters.

Tsonga has most frequently won by a 3-1 scoreline during this tournament, but could be set for a defeat via the same scoreline on Friday, as Murray aims to make his home advantage count.

3-1 has also been the most popular scoreline for 25-year-old Murray has triumphed by at Wimbledon this year, occurring three times, and he looks good to victor by this means on Centre Court again, at 5/2.

The quarter-final clash with Ferrer represented the first time in this year’s competition that Murray lost the first set of his match, but the resilience he displayed to claw his way back into the game bodes well for patriotic punters in this match.

Not least evidenced in Murray’s last outing though, his matches have often tended to go a long way, and therefore betting on the number of games in this semi-final could prove profitable too.

It is 8/11 that more than 40.5 games are played, and as that has occurred in two of Murray’s matches so far, and three of Tsonga’s, it looks a very plausible scenario that it will occur again on Friday.

Punters can also have 4/9 about a tie-break occurring, and that should be backed at the same price as a Murray win, considering nine have occurred in matches featuring these participants so far at this year’s Wimbledon.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee