Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer latest odds, news and free bets

What a Centre Court treat we have in store on Friday afternoon when six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer meets defending champion Novak Djokovic for a place in the final

Federer knows that this tournament represents a fantastic opportunity to add to his haul of Grand Slam titles, with the Swiss desperate to finish his career on a high and 2011 was a year without any major titles.

Nevertheless, the number three seed is the outsider to win this contest with bet365 offering odds of 2/1 that Federer claims victory in what will be the pair’s first ever confrontation on grass.

It’s not exactly been plain sailing for the 30-year-old despite blowing Mikhail Youzhny off the court in the quarter final and conceding just five games in a very quick match, with Julien Benneteau giving him a major scare in the third round.

Xavier Malisse also threatened to make things difficult for Federer although a sore back was the excuse for an average performance and perhaps Djokovic can be stunned in this semi-final.

The world number one is clearly an exceptional talent and has cruised through the draw relatively unscathed, with Radek Štěpánek the only player to have taken a set off the defending champion and the man known as Nole can be backed at 4/9 (William Hill free £25 bet) to cement a place in the final.

Djokovic has an unbelievable amount of gears to go through if required and can also seemingly draw on endless amounts of energy resource as he demonstrated when taking down Rafael Nadal in an epic Australian Open final in January.

The Serbian will be treating Federer with the maximum of respect and odds of 2/1 (Sky Bet £10 free no deposit bet) are available about a straight sets win for Djokovic, although we feel the match could be a little closer than that.

Sportingbet have priced up a 3-1 win at 14/5 and the elder statesman has every chance of taking a set as Florian Mayer nearly did in the quarter finals against Djokovic.

You can even money about the world number one winning the game with a -4.5 game handicap and that isn’t much ground to gain considering a straight sets victory with a scoreline of 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 is perfectly feasible which would see the defending champion cover the line.

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