The Brit came into the tournament with some poor results behind him, although the world number four has produced some sparkling tennis and hard graft to get past difficult opponents such as Ivo Karlovic, Marin Cilic and David Ferrer.
Wednesday’s win over Ferrer was very hard-fought and Murray might have exited the tournament if he hadn’t turned things around in a second set tie-break although producing a similar performance against Tsonga might be enough to claim victory.
The bookies are making the Brit strong favourite at odds of 4/9 (Paddy Power free bets) with firms set to lose millions if Murray does go all the way at Wimbledon, although there is the prospect of facing Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer in the final.
Four sets were required to beat Ferrer, Baghdatis and Karlovic, so it would probably make sense to expect Tsonga to claim at least one set on Friday afternoon, with Sportingbet’s 14/5 looking a pretty tasty bet.
After all, the Frenchman is a tough nut to crack on grass and we should also note that Jo-Wilfried’s serve is one of the best in the men’s game with Tsonga being broken on just one occasion during his quarter final win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Even so, the number five seed is a class act and beat Roger Federer on Centre Court twelve months ago to extinguish the Swiss’ hopes of winning a seventh Wimbledon title, while the crowd might find themselves warming to someone who is a natural entertainer.
Some might feel the odds of 2/1 (Boylesports bookmaker) about a Tsonga victory are too big considering he has been relatively untroubled en route to the semi-finals and is also well-versed when it comes to tie-break scenarios, of which there are sure to be one or two.
Lleyton Hewitt and Mardy Fish were beaten in earlier rounds and it would be no surprise to see this match going all the way, despite the odds suggesting that Murray has a stronger chance of victory.
A Tsonga five-set victory can be backed at 7/1 (Paddy Power) and it’s worth noting that the Irish firm will refund losing match bets if a player is beaten in five sets, something which has seen refunds occur for 26 matches and counting.
You can get odds of 1/2 with Coral if you think there will be a tie-break during the match which will make things unpredictable, while Tsonga can be backed at 20/21 to win with a +3.5 game handicap.