Wimbledon Semifinals Predictions: Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal Free Picks
- Updated: June 30, 2011
Andy Murray is arguably going to have the biggest match of his career on Friday in the semifinals of Wimbledon betting action, as he takes on the top ranked player in the world, Rafael Nadal on Centre Court.
Some of the biggest British dignitaries have been watching as Murray has made his way into the semifinals of Wimbledon this year. This is the third straight year in which he has been a semifinalist in his biggest event of the year, and this is the third straight Grand Slam event this year in which he has made it to this stage. However, at the French Open, it was the King of the Clay Courts that knocked the Brit out, and Murray will hope to avoid that same fate once again in spite of the fact that he is a huge underdog in this test. Murray has only dropped two sets along the way in this tournament, but he has only faced one ranked player, No. 17 Richard Gasquet. A quarterfinals bout against another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez was no big deal, as Murray prevailed 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 without any hassles. The Scotland native has had at least 13 aces in four of his five matches, and he has only had one match with more than three double faults. He also has held serve beautifully, going two straight matches without dropping a service game.
And then there’s Nadal, who has won four of the last five Grand Slam events and has been a finalist in four straight Wimbledon tournaments in which he has played. There was definitely a level of concern about playing American Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year. Nadal was coming off of a foot injury that he suffered on Monday against Juan Martin Del Potro. Perhaps the Spaniard struggled just a tad, needing four sets, but when push came to shove, he got the job done without all that much of a struggle. Holding serve was tougher than perhaps it should have been against Fish, as Nadal was broken a slew of times. However, he was a fantastic returner in perhaps his best match of this tournament, coming up with six service breaks against just the one that he had against Del Potro two days before that. Aces again are a concern. Rafa has only had double digits worth of aces once this tournament, and just five aces in four sets against Fish really isn’t a good sign going forward.
Friday is a day for England! The first of July will be the beginning of a tremendous accomplishment for Murray, and for the entire United Kingdom. Murray has earned his spot in this match, and he has a great chance to pull off this upset and to get over the hump for his first shot at that elusive Grand Slam title on his home court. Take Murray +160.
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