Murray was way too strong for Marin Cilic in his last sixteen match, beating the Croatian in straight sets and he has now been trimmed to 5/1 (Boylesports free bets) to claim a Wimbledon triumph just a few weeks after the Queen celebrated the Jubilee.
Andy Murray v David Ferrer
Not that he has an easy route to a potential Sunday final against Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer, with David Ferrer producing arguably his best ever performance on grass when beating Juan Martin Del Potro – very few people expected the Spaniard to beat the Argentine so well.
Ferrer started the tournament as an 80/1 shot although the best odds about the world number five is now 22/1 (BetVictor) after that straight sets win and a repeat performance against Murray will give the Scot plenty of food for thought.
It should be remembered that Ferrer knocked Murray out of the French Open last month and has plenty of momentum coming into this match with Stan James offering odds of 9/4 that he claims a surprise win.
Murray is a best chance 1/2 and he will be switched back to Centre Court which could provide an advantage if the rain continues to fall on the other courts. Perhaps we could see Ferrer win at least one set and odds of 3/1 about a 3-1 Murray win look good.
Novak Djokovic v Florian Mayer
Djokovic has just celebrated being world number one for a year and he will hope this status continues for the rest of 2012, with a Wimbledon triumph allowing him a sizeable gap over Rafael Nadal and the rest of the competition.
The Serbian has been largely untroubled at SW19 thus far and one imagines he will have few problems against Mayer, despite the fact that the German beat Richard Gasquet in four sets to book his place in the last eight.
It would take a monumental performance from the number 31 seed to win this match, having been taken to five sets twice en route to the quarter final and the 1/25 about Djokovic is the best price you can find about the champion. A straight sets win for the Djoker is available at 2/5.
Djokovic’s odds on retaining his Wimbledon title are shortening all the time, with the 10/11 having now disappeared and a best price of 8/13 (Sky Bet £10 free no deposit) available about someone who easily beat compatriot Viktor Troicki in the last round.
Roger Federer v Mikhail Youzhny
Mikhail Youzhny hasn’t had much luck against Federer, having lost all the matches played against the six-time champion although what a time this would be to claim a first ever semi-final slot at Wimbledon at the expense of the world number three!
The only remaining Russian left in the competition is a huge 250/1 to claim victory in this tournament and would need to beat Federer, Djokovic and potentially Murray in the next three games although he will have a chance of making the last four if Roger hasn’t shaken off a back injury.
Federer had to call for the trainer during his four-set victory against Xavier Malisse and things didn’t look too great for the Swiss until he managed to ease the pain and book his place in the last four.
It was at this stage that the Wimbledon legend stumbled twelve months ago against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga although he will feature in several accumulators at odds of 1/7 and perhaps BetVictor might regret taking on the six-time champion.
Youzhny will be encouraged by the fact that Julien Benneteau took Federer to five sets, while the Russian needed the same number of sets to beat Denis Istomin in the last sixteen and perhaps we could be in for a long afternoon on Wednesday.