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Murray v Djokovic: Serb poised to end Murray’s gold hopes

| 03.08.2012

Novak Djokovic is 1/2 favourite to inflict more Wimbledon pain on Andy Murray this Friday afternoon.

The pair meet in the Olympic semi final with the winner being guaranteed at least a silver medal for making it to the final.

Neither player has been in particularly sparkling form so far in the competition and both dropped a set in their third round matches.

But, in all honesty, they haven’t had to be at their best to make it this far. Despite dropping a set, they both comfortably won their third round games before coming back to win their quarter final clashes in straight sets.

Djokovic saw off World No.5 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in his quarter, while Murray dismantled Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-1 in his last eight match.

This is a huge step up in quality for both players and the pair are entering the realms of the unknown as, despite meeting 13 times throughout their careers, they have never met on grass.

That should give Murray a slightly better chance of coming through as the 13/8 winner in match – especially as all of his five wins over the Serb have come in best of three set matches – but it remains hard to see beyond a win for the World No.2.

He’s won two of the last three meetings between the pair and has won 41 of his 48 matches this season. It took a brilliant Rodger Federer to defeat him in the semi finals at Wimbledon and backing him to win in straight sets at 6/5 may be a bet well worth consideration.

However, Murray shouldn’t be discounted and with the home support roaring him on, backing him to win 2-1 at 7/2 could prove a tempting bet.



Richard Anderson