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Cilic primed for Federer finale

Cilic primed for Federer finale


We’ve reached the last four of the Wimbledon men’s singles and there is one outstanding favourite to take the title….Roger Federer.

The seven-time champion is now 4/11 to lift the trophy on Centre Court this Sunday, after both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic crashed out at the quarter-final stage.

After a break, which saw him miss the French Open, Federer looks as good as ever and has not yet dropped a set en-route to the semi-finals.

The Swiss ace now faces Tomas Berdych, a player who has not beaten him in their last seven meetings – including straight-sets defeat at this year’s Australian Open.

Federer leads 18-6 in the head-to-head standings and although Berdych won their last meeting at Wimbledon, it was seven years ago and the Czech ace is still looking for his first Grand Slam title at the age of 31.

The one thing in Berdych’s favour is the extra rest he has had, having only played a set against Djokovic, before the Serbian star withdraw with an elbow injury.

The world number 15 is priced at 11/2 to cause on upset on Friday, but it’s hard to make a case for him especially with the crowd likely to be fully behind Federer – who is 1/10 to win his semi-final.

Although many think the other semi will be tighter, Marin Cilic should be too strong for Sam Querrey, who has never been past the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam tournament.

Querrey’s serve is a powerful weapon on grass, but his all-round game is unlikely to be up to the level of Cilic (20/67 to win the match), who has a Grand Slam title to his name and has been very consistent at Wimbledon in recent years with three quarter-final appearances in a row before this year.

Cilic hadn’t dropped a set prior to his five-set quarter final with Gilles Muller and can be backed at 5/4 to beat his American opponent in straight sets.


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Warren Ashurst Warren has been a sports journalist for over 25 years, both written and broadcast. Having worked as a radio commentator, he has a wealth of experience of seeing top-level sport first hand and specialises in football, golf and cricket.