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Murray mania mounts as punters begin to back Brit to beat Nadal

| 01.07.2011

Despite our Andy Murray vs Rafael Nadal preview suggesting otherwise – you can read about it here – punters are lumping on Andy Murray beating the world number one today.

Patriotic money coupled with concerns over Nadal’s fitness has seen Murray backed in to 7/2 to win Wimbledon on Sunday, but the Brit remains the underdog for today’s match at 13/8.

Proceedings will open today with Novak Djokovic taking on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the Wimbledon final and that match looks certain to provide a brilliant warm-up for the centre court crowd ahead of Murray’s clash with Nadal.

The last time Djokovic and Tsonga met was in the 2010 Australian Open and the Frenchman emerged victorious after a five-set thriller.

Whether Tsonga has the legs to go five sets again today (I certainly suspect he has) remains to be seen, but following a stunning fight back against Roger Federer in the quarter-final, Djokovic must be prepared to go the distance.

Tsonga’s match with Federer lasted just over three hours so should the Tsonga vs Djokovic match go into a fifth set punters can expect to see Murray and Nadal on centre court around 4.30pm.

Our match preview suggests Nadal is going to take this in three sets and he is 2/1 to do so, but the money is suggesting Murray is going to win with the Brit backed in to 13/8 from 7/4 and Nadal has been lengthened to 1/2.

While the betting on both matches remains up in the air, one thing for certain today is that we are in for some real quality action today and punters should strap themselves in because this is some of the best tennis we’re likely to watch all year.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.