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Wimbledon 2017 Men's Singles Semi-Final Betting Tips: Cilic and Federer set to face off in Wimbledon Final

Neil Roarty in Tennis 14 Jul 2017
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Match previews and betting tips for Friday's two Wimbledon semi-finals with Marin Cilic taking on Sam Querrey before Roger Federer faces Tomas Berdych for a place in Sunday's Wimbledon 2017 final.

Marin Cilic v Sam Querrey


Marin Cilic was many people’s pick as a dark horse to win Wimbledon but few would have predicted that the Croatian would only have to beat Sam Querrey in order to make it through to the final at the All England Club. 

That’s not to say that Querrey is a bad player but Cilic couldn’t really have asked for a better opponent to face in a Wimbledon semi-final. The Croatian has a 4-0 record against the American with three of the wins coming on grass and two of them even coming at Wimbledon. He will be utterly confident of beating the American on a surface that suits him and it’s no surprise that the bookmakers have made the world number eight a short favourite to win on Friday and qualify for his second career Grand Slam final.

Cilic has been at this stage three times in his career, losing in the final four of the Australian Open in 2010 before winning the US Open in 2014. He almost defended his title at Flushing Meadows but was beaten in the semi-finals by eventual winner Novak Djokovic. He may never have been in the final four at Wimbledon but he has experience at this level and, crucially, has proven that he can hold his nerve, even against the best in the world. Querrey, by contrast, has never reached a Grand Slam semi-final. The American, who has never been ranked higher than 17 in the world, has only been beyond the fourth round in one other Slam (last year's Wimbledon) and has only ever beaten top 10 players over five sets three times, two of which came this year (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray).

Querrey is also here a little bit by default. He did well to win five set matches against Tsonga and Kevin Anderson but it's doubtful that he would have beaten Andy Murray had the world number one not picked up an injury. Murray won just two of the last 14 games after going two sets to one ahead and it's inconceivable that would have happened if he had been fully fit.

If Cilic can stay fit then he should have little problems beating a player who has to be exhausted both physically and mentally from his exertions over the last week. Querrey has played three consecutive five set matches, beaten the world number one and now has the pressure of being the first American (man, as pointed out by Andy Murray) in the semi-finals since 2009. The 29-year-old's serve and the quick courts should help him with his nerves but this is new territory and, against a better player, it's unlikely that he can make a massive impact. Last year Querrey beat world number one Novak Djokovic and then lost in four sets to Milos Raonic, who was on his way to his first Wimbledon final. A repeat, at odds of 14/5 with Unibet 

Roger Federer v Tomas Berdych



I backed Tomas Berdych to beat Roger Federer on Wednesday and so was a little disappointed in Novak Djokovic’s retirement. Some bookmakers, most notably Betfair, paid out on the Czech since a set had been completed but others will have voided the bet, which looked destined to be a winner at 7-6, 2-0 and with Djokovic struggling.

Berdych wasn’t brilliant though and we are once again left with the feeling that the 31-year-old has hit his ceiling at a Grand Slam. He came through some tricky matches in the early stages and looked good but the step up to facing Roger Federer in Friday’s semi-final is almost certain to be too much for the world number 13. He has lost 18 times to the Swiss, including their last seven meetings, and hasn’t claimed a victory over Federer since 2013. That has included a period when the 35-year-old was struggling. He most certainly isn’t now.

Federer destroyed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals and did the same to Milos Raonic in the semis. Berdych is arguably no better than that pair and it seems likely that Friday’s match will go the same way. The odds suggest as much though and it’s tough to take odds-on quotes about another straight sets victory. Berdych took a set when they met in Miami this year and on a faster surface he should be able to keep one or two tight. Back him to sneak one, possibly on a tie-break, but Federer to come through in the end.


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Wimbledon 2017 Men's Singles Semi-Final Betting Tips: Cilic and Federer set to face off in Wimbledon Final

Match previews and betting tips for Friday's two Wimbledon semi-finals with Marin Cilic taking on Sam Querrey before Roger Federer faces Tomas Berdych for a place in Sunday's Wimbledon 2017 final.

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