Wimbledon 2015 Semi-Final Preview: Murray v FedererPublished July 9, 2015 by Mike P
Friday will deliver a momentous Wimbledon semi-final in the form of Andy Murray v Roger Federer. Take a look at the analysis.
Andy Murray is the home-crowd British favourite, Roger Federer the Wimbledon Darling. Murray is bidding to win only his second Wimbledon title, while Federer is bidding to claim a record eighth title. The only way this matchup could be any grander is if both were meeting in the final instead of the semi-final. Nevertheless, tennis fans are right to expect a monumental encounter on Friday.
Murray has largely impressed during Wimbledon 2015, only dropping two sets en route to the semi-final. But Murray does not have happy memories of playing Federer, having lost to the Swiss icon in the 2012 Wimbledon final. And Murray will be entirely aware of Federer’s brilliance in reaching the semi-final, losing just one set and one service game.
Analysis from a Former British Number One
Former British number one John Lloyd has been impressed with Murray and believes the 28-year-old Scot will win the tournament. Lloyd provided supporting analysis to the BBC, explaining that Murray has been doing enough to win and that he has enough energy left. Lloyd believes that there is a lot left to come from Murray.
Despite admitting the current brilliance of Federer, Lloyd is resolute in his belief that Murray will win. However, Lloyd would be wise to consider that Murray has lost his last three encounters with the Swiss. Also worth considering is that Murray has not won a major title since Wimbledon 2013, which will also play on his mind.
Odds at bet365
Ahead of the semi-final, bet365 has Andy Murray to win at odds of 1.80. In contrast, Federer is slightly better value at 2.00, at least paying out evens on a victory. Comparatively, the other semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet sees the Serb enter as the overwhelming favourite at 1.062. For punters following the Wimbledon as it heats up, bet365's Tennis Accumulator Bonus offers a 50% bonus on accumulators, so don't forget that on your bet.