No. 2 Andy Murray (-763) vs No. 10 Tomas Berdych (+532)
Since lifting the championship trophy in 2013, Andy Murray hasn’t been able to recreate his magical run, getting bounced in the quarters (2014) and semis (2015) the last two years. But Murray has a great chance to get back to the finals tomorrow when he faces veteran Tomas Berdych on Centre Court at the All England Club (July 8, 6:00 AM Eastern).
Tomorrow’s match will be Murray’s seventh appearance in the Wimbledon semifinals. It’s frequently been an insurmountable wall for the Briton, who’s just 2-4 so far; last year, he fell to Roger Federer in straight sets.
Murray knocked off a trio of no-names early in the tournament (Liam Broady, Yen-Hsun Lu, and John Millman) before dominating No. 15 seed Nick Kyrgios (7-5, 6-1, 6-4) and surviving a five-set affair with No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1). Murray hadn’t dropped a set at the tournament until Tsong took him the distance.
Berdych is a huge underdog, but is playing some of the best tennis of his career and has had some success on grass in the past. He’s reached two quarterfinals and one final (2010) at the All England Club since his debut in 2003.
That said, the Czech national has had an easy road so far, taking out Ivan Dodig, Benjamin Becker, No. 24 Alexander Zverev, Jiri Vesely, and No. 32 Lucas Pouille on his way to the semis. He only dropped three sets in the process, but Murray will be a huge step up in competition.
Berdych and Murray have met 14 times on the ATP tour; Murray leads the head to head 8-6, but none of the matches have come on grass. There is very little value on Murray at -763, but he’s playing on another level compared to Berdych and he’ll have the crowd firmly in his corner.
Pick: Murray (-763).
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