Matt Pitt | Thu 07/07/2016 - 10:08 EDT

Wimbledon Betting Tips : Men's Semi-Final Preview

Wimbledon Semi-Final Betting Lines

By Matt Pitt

Milos Raonic (+150) vs. Roger Federer (-188)

Roger Federer

Canada’s Milos Raonic, the world number seven, takes on Switzerland’s Roger Federer, the world number three, in the first of the Wimbledon 2016 semi-finals in a match that promises to be one that tennis fans should not miss.

The pair have met 11 times previously, with Raonic winning twice, the last time being in Brisbane on a hard court where he won 6-4 6-4.

Raonic’s quarter-final match against big server Sam Querrey went to four sets where Raonic ran out a 6-4 7-5 5-7 6-4 winner, but Federer will prove a much sterner test. Raonic enjoys playing on grass as is evident by his final appearance at Queen’s a couple of weeks ago where he lost to Andy Murray.

Roger Federer made hard work of his Wimbledon 2016 quarter-final match against Marin Cilic, coming from two sets down to beat his stubborn opponent. Playing five sets takes a lot out of players, so it will be interesting to see how Federer copes if this match goes beyond the standard three sets.

Federer is the -188 favorite to progress to the final, and the shortest odds for set betting are 3-0 to him at +250, partly because Federer played some excellent tennis in his superb comeback victory over Cilic.

I can see Raonic winning a set against the great man; 3-1 Federer is priced at +275.

Pick: Roger Federer to win 3-1 at +275

Tomas Berdych (+600) vs. Andy Murray (-1000)

Andy Murray

Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych is all that is standing between Andy Murray and another Wimbledon final. Although the bookmakers massively fancy Murray to get the job done, it could be a much tighter match than they expect.

Berdych is ranked ninth in the world and looked in good form when he beat Lucas Pouille in straight sets in the quarter-final. 

Although he has a losing record against Murray, Berdych has won six to Murray’s eight in previous matches, but the pair have never faced each other on grass; Murray has won the last four encounters between the two.

Murray was made to work hard in his quarter-final game against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, throwing away a two set lead to progress with a 3-2 win.

In an interview with the BBC, Murray said that going to five sets will help him, and that having a rest day before he faces the big hitting Berdych will help him recover from the marathon game.

A 3-0 Murray win is priced at -139, mostly because he usually bounces back after being tested to the maximum, but Berdych could sneak at least one set here, with 3-1 at +260, which is my bet.

Pick: Andy Murray to win 3-1 at +260

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