Before Wednesday afternoon, the biggest shock in the Wimbledon’s men singles had been Bernard Tomic’s win against Robin Soderling, although Roger Federer’s quarter final exit came as a complete surprise to everyone, especially as the 29-year-old had marched into a two set lead.
It means that Rafael Nadal is the new favourite to win Wimbledon 2011, with the Spaniard available at 13/10 with bet365 (£200 free bets) after beating Mardy Fish in four sets to book a semi-final place against Murray. The Brit is now 4/1 with William Hill (£25 free bet) and will be bidding to reach his first final at SW19.
Novak Djokovic is now 9/4 with Skybet to win his first Wimbledon crown after beating Tomic, although many might be considering a bet on Tsonga (7/1 Ladbrokes) considering how well he played against Federer.
Andy Murray v Rafael Nadal
It’s becoming something of a habit for the world number four, with Andy Murray reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon for the third year on the bounce. However, Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal have prevented him from previously reaching the final and it’s the latter who stands in the way of the 24-year-old again.
Even so, Murray is in the form of his life at the moment and straight sets wins over Richard Gasquet and Feliciano Lopez will give him plenty of momentum going into this match, with Ladbrokes offering 7/4 that he lands victory.
Another straight sets win for the Brit is available at odds of 8/1 with Ladbrokes (£30 free betting) and he certainly won’t fear an opponent who has been given a tough test by Juan Martin Del Potro and Mardy Fish so far.
Even so, Nadal is the world number one and reigning champion, with the 2011 French Open winner one of the game’s greatest competitors, something which has prompted the bookies to offer 1/2 (William Hill) that he once again proves too strong for his opponent.