Rory is hoping for a Serena demolition job at SW19 and thinks Federer will overcome Raonic with ease
The quarter-finals may not have gone to plan apart from Angelique Kerber landing our quarter bet made at the start of the tournament. Only Venus Williams stands between her and the final and, while the German should win, it’s not a match I want to get too involved in. That said, having backed Kerber at 33-1 each-way at the start of the tournament I’m fairly sure I’ll be hedging in-play.
The other ladies’ semi sees surprise package Elena Vesnina face defending champion Serena Williams. Part of me would like to take on the world number one but Vesnina has had a ridiculously busy schedule. She is still in the ladies’ doubles but had to pull out of the mixed due to her workload.
The Russian’s resurgence has been one of the stories of the tournament but even when she was close to the top 20 back in 2013, she wasn’t getting close to beating Williams. And while she has been there and done it in doubles, playing on Centre Court in a Wimbledon singles semi-final against the greatest of all time is still scary. This looks like one for the first set 6-0 and 6-1 bets and the same goes for the second set.
In the men’s, Andy Murray should see off Tomas Berdych reasonably comfortably but a shade of odds-on about a straight sets win is too short for me. However, I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is on Roger Federer being too good for Milos Raonic.
I respect Raonic greatly for the advances he has made in his game and he can no longer be written off as just a serve. But he is still limited, particularly when it comes to movement and on return, and he is just the sort of opponent Federer loves playing on the big stage. The Swiss has a knack of breaking at the right time - just as Raonic did against Sam Querrey funnily enough - and he beat the Canadian 6-4 6-4 6-4 at this stage two years ago. And the way Federer spoke about how fresh he felt late on in his comeback win against Marin Cilic should dispel any doubts over his fitness.
Raonic might take a set this time but no more that, in my humble opinion. I am very keen on Federer -1.5 sets on the handicap and will also have a bit on a straight sets win