Murray faces trickiest test of big three in Wimbledon’s fourth round
The second Monday at Wimbledon is arguably the most exciting day of the whole competition as every remaining singles star is action, including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray…
Roger Federer v Xavier Malisse
Belgian veteran Malisse is enjoying an unforeseen renaissance this summer at SW19, halting a run of three straight first-round Grand Slam exits by making it to the second week of a tournament he was a semi-finalist in a decade ago. Having lost nine successive clashes with Federer, this will almost certainly prove a test too far for Malisse, hence odds of 1/25 on the Swiss great triumphing. In past meetings, the 31-year-old has hung with the third seed in the early reckoning before fading though, so consider over 9.5 games in the opener at 5/6.
Novak Djokovic v Viktor Troicki
Like Rafael Nadal and Federer, Djokovic had a third-round scare of his own as he briefly trailed Radek Stepanek. However, the 10/11 tournament favourite will be confident of avoiding any drama against a compatriot he has beaten 11 times in a row. This is only the second time that Troicki has made the second week of a Grand Slam and he had to go through five sets twice to get there, so expect this to be over in three. Djokovic has won 67% of first-set games in their last five encounters and appeals at 13/8 to break his fellow Serb at the first attempt.
Marin Cilic v Andy Murray
The removal of Nadal from Murray’s section of the draw has seen him in to 5/1 to win his first major, but there are still plenty of dangers lurking, the latest being AEGON Championships winner Marin Cilic, who eliminated the Brit the last time they met at this stage of a slam at the 2009 US Open. Murray has been victorious on the five other occasions that their paths have crossed, including at the top other Grand Slams, yet just twice in straight sets. Those patterns point to Murray delivering in four sets once again at 12/5.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.