Wimbledon men’s semis: Big three and Gasquet in scrap for final
Just four names are left in the 2015 Wimbledon men’s singles draw, as top three seeds and former champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, as well as Frenchman Richard Gasquet now battle it out in the semis.
Coral preview the two crunch clashes on Friday…
Andy Murray v Roger Federer
There is not much between these two greats of the game in terms of their head-to-heads with each other, as seven-time champion here Federer (evens for victory) holds a slim 12-11 advantage.
Murray, winner in 2013, though, is the slight odds-on favourite at 4/5 to triumph and reach his third SW19 final.
This duo have faced each other at Wimbledon twice before, once in the All-England Club final where the Swiss claimed his last title here, and the other at the 2012 Olympics.
Federer, who has dropped just one set this tournament so far, won the former 3-1, and he is 5/1 to do so once more, but Murray triumphed in the latter in straight sets, and that outcome again is a more likely 7/2 price.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion has beaten Murray in their last three meetings, but he is now approaching 34 years of age so back the British number one here.
Novak Djokovic v Richard Gasquet
This duo’s head-to-head record is far more one-sided, as Djokovic (1/14 favourite) will be aiming for his 13th win over Gasquet (7/1) from 14 meetings.
The Frenchman’s last victory over the current world number one came all the way back in 2007, incidentally when he last reached the semis at Wimbledon.
Despite Gasquet recording impressive victories over the likes of Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka to get to this stage, Djokovic is likely to run all over him once more. The Serb is 1/2 to win 3-0.
Djokovic, though, hasn’t had it all his way this tournament so far, as he had to dig deep against Queen’s Club finalist Kevin Anderson in the fourth round coming back from two sets down to beat him. He is a more tempting 11/4 price for a 3-1 victory.
Coral’s betting tip – Djokovic beats Gasquet 3-1