Grigor Dimitrov played Andy Murray off the court and can book his place in the Wimbledon final.
Grigor Dimitrov v Novak Djokovic
Few predicted that Grigor Dimitrov would beat Andy Murray on Wednesday, let alone land a straight sets victory that saw the Bulgarian annihilate the reigning champion 6-1 in the first set before going on to win the next two.
The number 11 seed hadn’t gone beyond the second round at Wimbledon until this year, although his victory at Queen’s suggested an improvement was on the cards and he’s worth backing at 10/3 with bet365 free bet to claim victory on Friday.
Dimitrov survived a five-set match against Alexandr Dolgopolov to get to this stage of the competition, although straight sets wins against Leonardo Mayer and Murray suggest that he’s found his A-game at precisely the right time.
Ladbrokes offer 14/1 that the 23-year-old claims another straight sets win although we instead think that a close encounter is on the cards, with Betfred offering a generous 5/6 that there are 41 games or more in total.
Djokovic took five sets to see off Marin Cilic in a topsy-turvy game which saw the Serbian win the first 6-1 before losing the next two, although the 2011 champion showed plenty of character to claim the match and reach the semis yet again.
Perhaps experience will be the deciding factor although it’s hard to back Nole at odds of 1/4 with Sky Bet, with a 3-2 victory for Djokovic making far more appeal at 6/1.
BETTING TIP: Grigor Dimitrov to win @ 10/3 with bet365
Roger Federer v Milos Raonic
Seven Wimbledon titles and still the appetite for more Grand Slams haven’t diminished. Roger Federer is a legend at SW19 and he’s massive favourite to overcome the challenge of Milos Raonic and book his place in Sunday’s final.
The 32-year-old continues to keep himself in impeccable condition, with bet365 going 1/3 about a win for the Swiss who beat compatriot Stan Warinka in the last eight after losing the first set.
Previously to this, Federer hadn’t dropped a set in the tournament and there’s value in backing the 9/5 with Winner that he overcomes Raonic in straight sets, even if the Canadian is enjoying some excellent form of his own.
This is the first Grand Slam semi-final for a player who has come through a quarter including Rafael Nadal, although the Spaniard was seen off by Nick Kyrgios before the Australian was beaten in turn by Raonic.
It’s all about the serve for Raonic who will serve more aces than his opponent although whether he has the capability to return and break the Federer serve is another matter.
Perhaps there is some value to be gleaned from the underdog flying out of the traps before R-Fed comes back and keeps on course to potentially win an eighth title.