Roger Federer has six Wimbledon titles to his name and the Swiss is the 7/4 favourite (Betfred – £50 free bets) to land a seventh crown on Centre Court this coming Sunday, with the 29-year-old barely putting a foot wrong en route to the quarter final.
Federer’s odds have also shortened as a result of Rafael Nadal sustaining an ankle injury during his fourth round match against Juan Martin Del Potro which has seen the Spaniard’s odds drift out to 11/4 with Paddy Power.
Andy Murray is in Nadal’s half of the draw and the Brit has gone as short as 7/2 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to win his first Grand Slam title at SW19, while Novak Djokovic is a 3/1 chance with Ladbrokes after reaching the quarter final stage and setting up a match against Bernard Tomic.
Rafael Nadal v Mardy Fish
Naturally, if this match is declared a walkover, then any pre-match bets would be voided. There is the possibility of this happening due to Rafael Nadal having a scan on an ankle injury on Tuesday, although the likelihood is that the Spaniard will be able to play in this match.
Nadal is available at odds of 1/6 (Ladbrokes) to claim victory against Fish, with the world number one digging deep to beat Del Potro on Monday evening. It was the first time in the tournament that the reigning champion had dropped a set and the 6/5 (Boylesports) about him winning this match 3-0 looks a price worth taking.
Fish is 9/2 with Paddy Power (£100 free bet offer) to pull off an upset and the American surprisingly beat Tomáš Berdych in straight sets in his fourth round match, having secured a four set victory against Robin Haase in the round before that.
Andy Murray v Feliciano Lopez
Andy Murray is a much bigger favourite to beat the unseeded Lopez than he was against Richard Gasquet in the fourth round. Murray produced an excellent performance on Centre Court to defeat the Frenchman, with many tipping him to struggle before the game considering that Gasquet had nearly won their encounter in 2008.
The bookies are taking no chances and Betfred are the bravest with their 1/8 quote, while Paddy Power go as short as 1/12 about the British number one. The best price about Murray winning in straight sets is 4/5 with Boylesports and Lopez was on the ropes in his fourth round match against ?ukasz Kubot before turning things round to win in five sets.
It is clear that Feliciano Lopez does not love playing on grass compared to his native clay, although this is his third quarter final appearance at Wimbledon and he did knock out Andy Roddick in the third round, something that was achieved in straight sets. Even so, it could be worth taking a punt on Murray giving his opponent six games at odds of 10/11 (Coral).
Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Mikhail Youzhny caused a stir on Monday when taking the first set of his fourth round match against Roger Federer, although the six-time champion was able to rally and win the next three sets to book his place in yet another quarter final.
The Swiss was pleased with his overall performance and the serve seems to be firing on all cylinders, with the bookies offering a best price 1/6 (Ladbrokes) that the 29-year-old reaches the semi-final against his French opponent.
It is no surprise to see Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter finals of Wimbledon, with the giant player having reached the final of Queen’s and he took the first set against Andy Murray before losing 2-1. The bookies respect him enough to offer Tsonga at odds of 9/2 (Boylesports) and a pounding serve could lead to several tie-breaks.
This could be a match where it is worth betting on two or more tie-breaks at 11/4 (William Hill), with Youzhny managing to win the one that was played between him and Federer on Monday.
If you think that Federer will prove too strong for Tsonga, you can get 11/10 with Boylesports, although it would be no surprise to see this finishing 3-1 instead and Skybet’s 11/4 looks quite tasty.
Novak Djokovic v Bernard Tomic
It is apparent to many people that Novak Djokovic has not been playing his best tennis at Wimbledon so far. The Serbian might have reached the quarter finals after a straight sets win over Michael Llodra, although his four set win over Marcos Baghdatis in round three was anything but comfortable and he still has plenty to prove on grass.
Djokovic has a potential banana skin on Wednesday against a talented young player who has caused a storm at Wimbledon after qualifying for the tournament. Bernard Tomic has achieved straight sets victories over Robin Soderling and Xavier Malisse to reach this stage and he is 13/2 (Stan James) to achieve the biggest win of his professional career.
His opponent is overwhelming favourite at 1/9 with Paddy Power and a straight sets win for Djokovic can be backed at 5/6 with Victor Chandler.