Wimbledon 2012 men’s singles final latest odds and free bets

Andy Murray has ended Britain’s 74-year wait for a men’s single finalist by claiming a place in Sunday’s showdown after ousting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final of Wimbledon

Murray enjoyed a flying start against the Frenchman and claimed the first two sets 6-3 and 6-4, although Tsonga clawed a set back at 6-3 and had break points to potentially take the match into five sets.

Even so, the Brit has showed immense battling qualities to beat Ferrer and Tsonga in successive games and has a very realistic chance of winning his first ever Grand Slam title in front of an adoring crowd.

Many thought that Novak Djokovic would lie in wait for Murray in the final but it is Roger Federer that has booked his place in an eighth Wimbledon final after an outstanding performance against the world number one.

Federer is a best price 8/15 (Paddy Power free bets) to land a seventh crown at SW19, something that would etch his name further into Wimbledon folklore and there was everything to like about the way he played against Djokovic.

While the Serbian wasn’t at his fluent best, some will argue he was put under pressure by some exquisite play from Federer and a four set won for the Swiss can be punted at odds of 3/1 (Sky Bet free £10 bet).

The two have met in Grand Slam finals before although that was on the hard courts of the US Open in 2008 and Australian Open of 2010, the latter of which was the last time that he claimed a major success.

However, Murray can point to a superior head-to-head record against his old adversary and some will love his odds of 7/4 (bet365) about the Scot becoming the first male British Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry.

It has been a tough route to the final for the 25-year-old who was involved in a particularly gruelling quarter final match against David Ferrer which could have seen him trail by two sets before eventually winning in four.

His serve will need to be firing on all cylinders considering the relative ease with which Federer was able to break the Djoker on Friday and it would be no great surprise to see this match go the distance, with Stan James offering odds of 7/1 that Murray claims victory in five sets.

If you expect this to be an epic encounter, then odds of 5/2 are available that there are five sets played, while Murray can be backed at even money with a +3.5 game handicap which seems reasonable enough considering he is capable of winning at least one set.

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