Wimbledon’s second week got off to an absolute flier on Monday. The Women’s last 16 and Men’s last 16 provided some belting matches, which included the elimination of some of the favourites for the tournament. Rafa Nadal fell in an epic, Angelique Kerber was eliminated and Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out by the entertaining Coco Vandeweghe.
Southwest London is in for some cracking quarter-finals, but this time we turn our attention to the Men’s matches on Wednesday.
Andy Murray v Sam Querrey
Andy Murray arrived at Wimbledon moderately undercooked. Murray has walked his way to the quarter-finals, however, and now faces world number 28, Sam Querrey. Querrey saw off the ever-entertaining Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in the last round in an enthralling power matchup.
Murray is at a tempting price of 61/50 to see off the American in straight sets after waltzing past Benoit Paire in the last 16. The Scot has dropped only one set so far in the tournament and – possessing the best defensive game in the world – has the attributes to halt the American.
That said, a bet on over 0.5 tie breaks at 3/8 is worthwhile given the serve Querrey will be firing down at Murray.
Roger Federer v Milos Raonic
The greatest tennis player of all-time has cemented his place in the annals of not just tennis history, but in all of sporting history with his return to the top of the men’s game. The seven-time Wimbledon champion is yet to drop a set in this year’s Championship and has looked at his very best.
Milos Raonic is a dangerous player to face, though, and has the talent and rounded game to take advantage of even a minor off-day from Federer. His five-setter with Alexander Zverev in the last 16 is hardly the ideal way to prepare for a match with the elegant Swiss right-hander.
Raonic should have enough to be the first player to take a set off Federer, but it’s impossible to see past Federer making yet another Grand Slam semi-final in over 3.5 sets at 9/8.
Gilles Muller v Marin Cilic
Having come out victorious 15-13 in a five set cracker with Nadal, Gilles Muller faces seventh seed Marin Cilic. The Croatian has made the quarter-finals in each of the last three years at the All England Club and is yet to drop a set on the famous grass courts.
Muller, who was supported by Luxembourgian royalty on Monday, will be feeling rather heavy-legged come Wednesday. This is only the second time in his Grand Slam career he has made the quarter-finals, but Muller will be carrying greater belief than ever after his Court One heroics.
The romantics will want the veteran Muller to succeed, but Cilic is rightly favourite at 11/50 to make it to his first Wimbledon semi-final.
Nadal and Muller hold back former Champ
At the time of writing, Novak Djokovic – who is 11/4 to win his fourth Championship – has not started his fourth round clash with Adrian Mannarino. The winner of the match will face 11th seed Tomas Berdych.
Cilic, Murray & Federer Treble: 3/4