by Renee Israel
The best news for British tennis fans this year is that Andy Murray wore down
David Ferrer in a closely contested match this week to go through to the
Men's Singles at Wimbledon 2012 semi-final match today (Friday, July
With Rafael Nadal having lost earlier, Murray faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the
semi-final. The last two years Murray has been up against Nadal in the Wimbledon
semi-finals and has lost, which means this may be his best chance of making it
to the Wimbledon Men's Singles final.
Contenders for Wimbledon Men's Singles Title
The Wimbledon Men's Singles semi-finals will be played today at 11am local
time. In the first semi-final Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have taken their
appointed places. Djokovic is top seed and on current form he is the man to back
for both his semi-final and the final.
Federer is now over 30 years in age, and the last tennis grand slam event he
won was the Australian Open in 2010. But he is a six time Wimbledon champion and
both Murray and Tsonga will be hoping he beats Djokovic because either of them
would prefer to face Federer in the final to have a realistic chance of winning.
However, there is a semi-final match to be played out first. Many punters set
store by the head-to-head history. The outcomes of the past encounters between
the two favour Murray. Murray has won five times compared to two for Tsonga.
The important victories for Murray have been the quarter-final of Wimbledon
2010 and the final of Queens 2011. Murray will draw considerable strength from
those. Plus Murray will have the full backing of the home crowd.
Speaking of the semi-final after defeating Ferrer, Murray said, "Tough match.
He [Tsonga] hadn't lost his serve in first four rounds. I will have to play very
well to win that."
2012 Wimbledon Betting
The semi-final between Murray and Tsonga will draw record volumes at the UK
online betting sites. Bet365 online offers odds of 4/9 for Murray winning the
semi-final and 7/4 for Tsonga winning. These are great 2012 Wimbledon betting
odds for Tsonga backers. The odds for the other semi-final are 5/13 for Djokovic
and 2/1 for Federer.
Bet365 online also offers odds on the outright winner of the Wimbledon Men's
Singles title, which show the extent to which Djokovic is dominating the scene
in Nadal's absence.
Wimbledon Men's Singles Winner Odds
There are a number of other markets at Bet365 online and live betting as well
when the matches get underway.