Federer and Murray are a match-win away from setting up a semifinal showdown every tennis betting enthusiast is hankering after. Will they deliver? We preview the quarterfinal matchups in the bottom-half of the draw and serve up our tennis picks.
Gilles Simon +600 vs. Roger Federer -1000
France's Gilles Simon has booked his spot in the quarterfinals across from the champion of champions at Wimbledon, seven-time champion Roger Federer. It doesn't get tougher than that at a major, overcoming the Swiss maestro on his beloved surface. Predictably, Simon is the decided underdog at +600 tennis odds to win outright.
Simon breezes through the early rounds beating Almagro and Kavcic in straight sets. In the third round, he overcame Gael Monfils, beating the odds in a five set win. He backed up the win in the R16 when he upset former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych. Those last two wins have to give the Frenchman confidence as he prepares for his sternest test.
It's not all doom and gloom for the Frenchman, who trails Fed 2-5 lifetime. Few players enjoy playing against him because he's one of the most dogged competitors on the ATP Tour; France's version of David Ferrer. What he lacks in power and pure raw talent, he more than makes up for with grit and determination. He's a prime example of a player that has taken the skills that he has and maximised them to their full potential, if not taken them beyond.
Federer won't have it easy against Simon. Five of the seven contests went the distance, so expect this to be a much tougher contest than the odds makers would have you believe. In fact, the odds makers aren't giving Simon the credit he deserves while overstating Federer's tennis odds in the process. That doesn't mean Federer doesn't deserve to be the favourite. He's won five on the trot against Simon. But each and every time, he's had to work for the win and nowhere more so than at the majors where Simon typically comes out to play.
Tennis Picks: Federer in four or five sets at +275 or +700, respectively
Andy Murray -3300 vs. Vasek Pospisil +1400
Andy Murray's quarterfinal matchup looms straightforward as he enters as the decided -3300 favourite against Vasek Pospisil, who broke new ground at the Wimbledon Championships to reach his first-ever Wimbledon quarterfinal. He did it the hard way too, coming back from two-sets down to beat Victor Troicki in the R16.
Pospisil hasn't had the kindest draw at Wimbledon. Then again, it could have been tougher had Rafael Nadal stayed alive in the tournament. In any event, take nothing away from the Canadian , who's been a promising prospect for some time now and comes into this Wimby as the doubles defending champion.
Speaking of doubles, Pospisil has clocked in a lot of court time over the course of the first week of the tournament playing both singles and doubles. Immediately after his win over Troicki he was in doubles action with Jack Sock as they attempted to keep their campaign alive on that front. Unfortunately, it came to a screeching halt against (ironically) Jamie Murray and partner in a five-set marathon.
In the quarterfinals, he faces the younger, more accomplished singles player Andy Murray. With all the court time Canada's rising star put in (five-setters practically everywhere from day one) and the mere fact that he's taking on Britain's best hope for a second Wimbledon title this side of the decade, the tennis odds are stacked against him appropriately at +1400. This doesn't mean that he won't account well rather the occasion might be overwhelming.
Murray has never lost to Pospisil nor has he dropped a set to the Canadian. Plus he's better rested and better prepared than Pospisil, who's been through the mill to reach the quarters. Should be a three set win. Maybe four sets.
Tennis Picks: Murray to win in straight sets at -275 or four sets +300 at bet365