Tennis Betting: Murray up next if Cilic can prevail
I like Cilic’s chances of getting this done in four sets and going on to face Murray in the next round.
As Sean Calvert reaches the end of Week One at Wimbledon, he reflects on the dramas and offers up some tips for Day Six.
We no longer have Rafa and we nearly didn't have Roger left either.
Friday at the All England Club saw more late night drama, as Roger Federer went two sets down to Julien Benneteau under the roof on Centre Court, but he managed to come through in five
It was a profitable day for my bets as well, as Mikhail Youzhny won pretty comfortably at (2.70), which made up for an awful showing from Sorana Cirstea, who was beaten easily by Maria Kirilenko.
On to Saturday then, and Andy Murray takes to Centre Court against Marcos Baghdatis this evening in their third round encounter.
Murray is a warm order for this one @ Betfair odds of (1.13) and on all recent form it would be a big shock if the Scot didn't come through this one against an opponent who has really struggled this year.
We know Marcos loves the big stage and his only chance is if he gets inspired by the occasion and plays the tennis he did last year here against Novak Djokovic.
If he does that, he could stun Murray, but has he still got it in him?
Andy is always likely to drop a set, so 3-1 Murray at@ Betfair odds of (4.0) looks as good a bet as any in that one.
A bet I prefer on the men's side today is the man I tipped pre-tournament to do rather well, Marin Cilic, to beat Sam Querrey minus 3.5 games on the handicap at around (1.84)
Cilic is under the radar in this tournament and the Queen's Club champion should prove too strong for Querrey today, as he did at Queen's a couple of weeks ago.
They also met on grass here in 2009, which also went the way of the Croatian and although this might go long, I like Cilic's chances of getting this done in four sets and going on to face Murray in the next round.
Querrey has done well of late to battle back from injury and climb back up the rankings with some help from Brad Gilbert, but a confident Cilic is just that bit classier and that's what we have at the moment.
The women's side today has a few trappy looking matches that I don't much like the look of, but I'm happy to take a chance on the revitalized Mirjana Lucic to take out Roberta Vinci at a very backable price of (2.98).
The former 1999 Wimbledon semi finalist disappeared from the game for many years, but the Croatian is back, defeated Marion Bartoli in her previous match here and surely has enough power to trouble the distinctly average Vinci.
The Italian has an OK record on grass, but she's done nothing here at Wimbledon and Lucic beat her on grass at Eastbourne last year in their only career meeting.
Lucic has more power at her disposal than Vinci and if she plays anything like she did against Bartoli, that [2.98] could look pretty generous. She's certainly worth a back-to-lay investment today.