Wimbledon 2016: Men’s singles quarter-finals tips featuring Murray and Federer
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | July 5, 2016
2016 Wimbledon Men’s singles
- Wednesday, July 6th
- Scheduled on court: 13:00 BST
- All England Club, Wimbledon, southwest London
- Live across the BBC
Murray on course for second SW19 crown
After coming through a tough opening set against Nick Kyrgios, Andy Murray eventually claimed a relatively straightforward victory and is now odds-on 8/11 favourite with Coral to be Wimbledon men’s singles champion again, as he’s the highest seed remaining.
The defeat of Novak Djokovic in the third round has also given seven-time champion Roger Federer (11/4 to reign once more) hope of claiming an 18th Grand Slam title.
Though, the Swiss all-time great will likely have John McEnroe-coached Milos Raonic (7/1 tournament chance) to contend with in the top half of the draw if he is to reach the final.
Read on to see what tasty tips we’ve picked out for the four men’s singles quarters clashes…
Querrey and Raonic go to set two tiebreak
Many expected Sam Querrey perhaps slip up against Nicolas Mahut, a man he’d never previously beaten, after using all his mental energy to defeat world number one a defending champion Djokovic.
However, the American came through in straight sets, and now takes on a man he’s overcome twice in three meetings.
Despite that record, fellow giant and big-serving Raonic of Canada is the heavy odds-on favourite for this encounter given his fine form and rise in the game in recent years, while he also claimed their last duel.
As two of their battles have gone to a second set tiebreak, though, odds of 6/5 seem a given for that to happen at the same stage once more.
Federer wins opening set 6-3
Marin Cilic is now a three-time quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, having reached the last eight in the three consecutive grass Grand Slam tournaments now, but it seems unlikely he can go the extra step this time around.
The Croatian goes up against the most decorated man to ever play the sport in Federer next, and has only beaten him once in six head-to-heads – although that occurred most recently in the 2014 US Open semis on his way to winning.
Swiss great Federer and Cilic have incredibly battled out 6-3 scorelines four times in opening sets, with three of them in favour of the former, so back the third seed at 9/2 to do so again.
Pouille beats Berdych
This duo have never faced each other before, but Czech Tomas Berdych has looked far from his best this tournament so far having dropped sets to Ivan Dodig, Alexander Zverev and compatriot Jiri Vesely.
That latter match went the distance and across two days, while Lucas Pouille managed to complete his five-set victory over Bernard Tomic on Monday.
Young French 32nd seed Pouille, therefore, will be the fresher player, so is a fantastic 11/4 price just to win and reach the smeis.
Murray topples Tsonga in four
Murray continues his charge to claim a second Wimbledon title and third Grand Slam with a tussle against old foe Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who he’s beaten 12 times in 15 meetings.
This duo always put up a show when they duel, especially on grass – a surface they have gone up against each other on five previous occasions.
The superstar Scot has won the last four from those, including a four-setter at Wimbledon at this same stage in 2010, while he also dropped a set both times at Queen’s.
Murray, therefore, is a hugely enticing 5/2 price to come through 3-1 once again, and reach the semis here for a seventh time.
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