Andy Murray and Roger Federer look to deliver on their favourable tennis odds and stay the course for a highly anticipated showdown in the semis. Here's a preview of their respective clashes and corresponding tennis picks.
Ivo Karlovic +700 vs. Andy Murray -1200
Andy Murray is set to face his sternest test of the Championships when he takes on big-serving, 6'11" Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in the R16. On one hand, Murray should be confident of his chances to come through as the -1200 favourite. He has the convincing 5-0 head-to-head record over Karlovic, which includes both wins on hard courts and grass.
In fact, they met at the 2012 Wimbledon R64. Murray won the encounter in four sets 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (4) en route to a runner-up finish to Roger Federer. Against Karlovic, it's a game of inches decided by just a few points here and there. In three of their five meetings, the Croatian accounted for at least one set.
Karlovic isn't an easy prospect for any player, including the Big 4. That said, more often than not they find ways to edge past him. While we are confident in backing him with our tennis picks, do note that Murray has a potential shoulder injury he sustained in the third round when playing Andreas Seppi.
Tennis Picks: Murray to win in four sets
Roger Federer -2500 vs. Roberto Bautista Agut +1200
On paper, Roger Federer has the most straight forward clash of the R16 against Roberto Bautista Agut. The World No.2 comes into Wimbledon behind a title win at Halle, his usual stop during the grass court swing to fine tune his game. He takes a solid 34-6 record into Wimbledon and a 2-0 head-to-head record over Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain courtesy of back-to-back wins in 2014 in the fall. Federer beat the Spaniard in straight sets at the US Open R16 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. He replicated his form with a win 6-4, 6-2 win in China.
Roberto Bautista Agut is playing some of the best tennis of his career at 27 years of age. He comes into Wimbledon under the radar, reflected in the tennis odds, only to reach the R16. Most had a completely different Spaniard factoring in the second week of Wimbledon betting. That said he fell into a really good section of the draw that was conspicuously void of any real threats. It was a wide open section and he capitalised handsomely.
Federer, holder of seven Wimbledon titles, looks to clinch an incredible eighth Wimbledon title at 33 years of age. There are those tennis bettors that have the Swiss maestro never gracing the winners circle at the major stage. Most tennis enthusiasts, however, can agree that if he's going to win another major, an 18th overall title, his best shot is at Wimbledon. Bautista Agut has nothing to lose in this match, but it's hard to imagine he'll make an impression on Federer. Take Federer to win in straight sets at -250 at Bet365.
Tennis Picks: Federer to win in straight sets at -250