The Men’s draw at Wimbledon see’s four quality quarterfinals matchups go off later today with four intriguing matchups as the player’s inch closer to a big payday. Five of the eight players are ranked inside of the top 8 spots in the field as we enter play on Wednesday. Here’s a look at each of the matchups and the respective match odds courtesy of Bet365 Canada
16 Gilles Muller (4.50) vs 7 Marin Cilic (1.20)
The first match will see a couple of the lower ranked players squaring off against each other as Marin Cilic will take on Gilles Muller. Muller surprised the tennis world when he won a breathtaking marathon thriller over fourth ranked Rafael Nadal. Muller won the fifth and deciding set in a ridiculously long fashion as the 34 year old from Luxemburg beat Nadal 15-13, ultimately punching his ticket into the quarters.
Marin Cilic had a relatively easy match last round as he bounced Spaniard Roberto August-Agut in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 and has the decided advantage both in experience and in fatigue, or lack thereof. The Croatian is younger, a better ball striker and well rested and should have a fairly easy time in this one. However as Rafael Nadal learned quickly, Muller shouldn’t be taken lightly as he quickly dropped the first two sets and was forced to battle back to even the match and ultimately lose the marathon final fifth set.
1 Andy Murray (1.14) vs 24 Sam Querrey (5.50)
The top ranked seed in the world will see the lowest ranked player left in the draw in Sam Querrey. The American defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in five sets to earn his second consecutive quarterfinals appearance at the All England Club. His reward is a match against top seed Andy Murray who will be playing in front of his hometown crowd and be looking to successfully defend his championship from a year ago.
Murray has been able to coast into the quarters after easily defeating unranked Frenchman Benoit Paire in straight sets last round. The three time Grand Slam winner Murray will look to make quick work of the American in front of a hostile crowd.
11 Tomas Berdych (4.50) vs 2 Novak Djokovic (1.20)
The third quarterfinals match at Wimbledon sees former world number one and three time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic take on top ranked Czech player Tomas Berdych who will be looking to cause the upset.
An interesting point of topic is the fact that Djokovic was forced to play his round of 16 match yesterday as he beat unranked Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and won in straight sets. Joker will now be forced to play his quarter finals match at a disadvantage with no rest against Berdych who will be looking to make his second finals appearance at this event.
Berdych put forth a great effort his last match as he disposed of eight seeded Austrian sensation Dominic Thiem in five sets and showed a lot of poise and composure against his higher ranked opponent.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Berdych gave the Serbian a good run for his money given the circumstances.
3 Roger Federer (1.16) vs 6 Milos Raonic (5.00)
The fourth and final matchup of the quarters is by far the most competitive. The star studded matchup will see the third and sixth seed do battle on center court in a rematch of last year’s Wimbledon semi-finals where Raonic took the match in five sets over arguably the most accomplished tennis player in history.
Roger Federer opened this tournament as the odds on favourite to win as he’s still one of the best grass court players in the world, even at the advanced age of 35. Federer is a seven time winner at this event and will be taking on the powerful Raonic who possesses the best service game on tour.
Milos Raonic upended a highly talented young German in Alexander Zverev in five sets last round in what was a very even match through the first four sets. The Canadian turned it on in the fifth and final set as he powered through the final frame 6-1, and giving us all the rematch we’ve been waiting for.
Will the graceful legend Federer keep on going strong or will the power of the Canadian be the undoing of the legend for a second straight year?