Semi-final underdogs have the talent to cause more upsets
On paper the Men’s Wimbledon semi-finals appear straight-forward, and most people expect to see Novak Djokovic take to the court against Andy Murray in Sunday’s showpiece.
But there’s much to suggest that respective opponents Juan Martin del Potro and Jerzy Janowicz could cause upsets.
Djokovic is 1/7 to beat Del Potro, the heavy favourite given his status as world number one and with six Slam titles in three years, including a third-straight Australian Open win this year.
But the 26-year-old went out in the semi-finals of the French Open to Rafael Nadal, and hasn’t been at his imperious best at Wimbledon this year – being pushed hard by Tommy Haas and Tomas Berdych.
His opponent in the last-four is a man enjoying his finest Wimbledon tournament to date.
The Argentine has fought doggedly throughout his SW19 campaign this year, and has yet to drop a set despite being forced to win four sets on a tie-break.
Del Potro is 9/2 to beat the number one seed, and the 6ft6” man got the better of Djokovic as recently as March when he prevailed at Indian Wells in three sets.
But perhaps the 24-year-old will take more inspiration from his win at Wimbledon at last summer’s Olympics, where he beat Djokovic 7-5 6-4 to claim a deserved bronze medal.
Murray is 1/6 to win against 6ft8” Pole Janowicz, but heads into this match having gone through five tiring sets against Fernando Verdasco.
The last time the pair met, indoor in Paris toward the end of 2012, Janowicz prevailed after losing the opening set.
Janowicz is 4/1 to win, has everything to gain and nothing to lose, has beaten Murray in the past 12 months and arrives off a three-set win as opposed to a five-set slog. Murray won’t be taking him lightly, and for good reason.
A Del Potro/Janowicz double returns just over 27/1
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