Queen’s quarters: Murray meets Muller, Raonic and Anderson in action
The prestigious Queen’s Club competition is now at the quarter-final stages, and top seed Andy Murray (8/13 tournament odds-on favourite) looks set to clam his fourth title here following high-profile exits.
Top seeds such as tennis great Rafael Nadal, French Open winner Stan Wawrinka and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov have now all exited the event early, leaving just Milos Raonic (5/1) and Marin Cilic (12/1) as realistic challengers to the Scot.
At the time of writing, matches between Cilic and Viktor Troicki, and John Isner and Feliciano Lopez were yet to be completed.
British number one Murray hopes to continue his fine form this summer, with only one defeat (at the French Open) since his marriage to Kim Sears, but will need to be wary of Luxembourgian Muller, who knocked out defending champion Dimitrov.
The Scot (1/9 favourite) has won both of his meetings with Muller (5/1), though, so is expected to beat him in straight sets, with odds of 2/5.
You can also take odds of 11/4 for Murray, who convincingly beat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the second round at Queen’s, to lift his second Wimbledon title following this event.
In three head-to-heads, Montenegrin-born Canada star Raonic has triumphed over Simon (2/1 for victory) in all, which is why he is the odds-on favourite at 8/11 to win once again and reach the semis.
Seventh seed Simon is a fighter, though, and once took Raonic, who reached the Wimbledon semis last year, to five sets at the French Open in 2014, so back the latter to beat the Frenchman 2-1 at 5/2.
The winner of the above match will face one of Garcia-Lopez and Anderson, who shocked Wawrinka in the last round in straight sets after knocking out crowd favourite Leyton Hewitt in his final ever Queen’s appearance.
South African giant Anderson is odds-on a 2/5 for victory again, though Spaniard Garcia-Lopez (7/4) triumphed in their meeting this year. Back the latter at 11/4 to win 2-1, though.