Murray 8/11 to beat Federer and book his place in the Wimbledon final
In a repeat of the 2012 final, Andy Murray and Roger Federer will meet on Friday for a place in the Wimbledon 2015 final, with the bookies making Murray favourite to beat the seven-time SW19 champion.
Federer has cruised into the last four without dropping a set although his British opponent has looked equally as impressive, with Murray accounting for Vasek Pospisil in straight sets after beating Ivo Karlovic.
Bet365 offer 8/11 that Murray claims victory to set up a final against either Novak Djokovic or Richard Gasquet, with the pair meeting in the other semi-final.
It has been superlative tennis from the Brit so far, with a win at Queen’s followed up by a series of wins at Wimbledon which has seen Murray produce the best grass court tennis of his career to date.
He will hope to repeat the form that saw him beat Federer in straight sets in the 2012 Olympics, with the world number three confident in the way he’s playing.
“I hope I get good support on Friday,” he said. “It’s been the case throughout the whole event and every year that I played here. Roger’s extremely popular everywhere he goes, so it might not be as partisan a crowd or atmosphere as some matches that I play here. But it will still be an excellent atmosphere. I’ll still get a boost from the crowd, I’m sure.”
“I have no idea how long he (Federer) can keep competing at the top level. No one knows. It could be three, four years at the rate he’s going just now, if he wants to continue or not.
“The reasons he’s still at the top is he has a pretty efficient game style and he’s quite loose on the court. It’s very impressive that he’s managed to stay at the top of the game for so long, considering how long he’s been at the top and how many matches he’s played. He’s won over a thousand matches and played over 1,200 matches. That’s a lot of tennis.”
Federer is also looking forward to their centre court clash, with Boylesports offering 6/5 that he books his place in yet another Wimbledon final and potentially sets up a 2014 rematch against Djokovic.
“It brings back those memories of a great summer for both of us, [and] all the matches we’ve played against one another. More importantly for me, I’m very happy to be in the semis again. The road is long getting here. But still I feel like I’m fresh and I’ve got energy left in the tank for hopefully a great match with Andy.
“I played a very solid last year or so, especially on grass. It’s been a great streak [116 games since he was last broken by Philipp Kohlschreiber in Halle]. Now it’s crunch time. It goes to show what I’m doing off the baseline on my serve, or serve-volleying. The way I’m hitting it and placing it seems to work, especially on grass.”