Andy Murray meets Milos Raonic in the final of Wimbledon which is a repeat of the final at Queen’s Club last month. Murray dropped the first set before coming back to win and I think the Scot has a great chance of clinching his second Wimbledon crown.
Raonic showed plenty of determination and no little skill to put out Roger Federer in the semi-finals. If the Swiss had not suffered from brain fade at 5-6 40-0 in the fourth, who knows what might have happened.
Anyway, we now have the first Canadian man in a Grand Slam final but he has had a hard week, coming from two sets down to beat David Goffin before a serve fest against Sam Querrey and then that victory over Federer. Murray, on the other hand, barely broke sweat to beat Tomas Berdych.
I felt Federer was guilty of playing too passively against Raonic and using the backhand slice more often than necessary. I expect Murray to be more aggressive and that will put pressure on Raonic’s serve which is not infallible.
I am reasonably confident that Murray will win comfortably but the prices mean we have to be slightly imaginative when it comes to a bet. Murray -1.5 sets on the handicap is too short, as is a straight sets win for the world number two. But Murray to win 3-1 looks a fair price and that’s what we shall go for.