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Roger Federer vs Tomas Berdych - Wimbledon Semi-finals preview and odds

Published on: 14/07/2017

Roger Federer vs Tomas Berdych - Wimbledon Semi-finals preview and odds

July 14, 2017 14:00am - Wimbledon

Wimbledon Championships Men`s Tennis

Roger Federer is gunning for his eighth Wimbledon crown and with his main rivals already eliminated, he must be feeling confident of achieving his goal. However, he will not be taking anything for granted when he steps onto Centre Court on Friday to face 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych.

The Swiss legend has an 18-6 record over his opponent and has won their last seven meetings in a row. Of the last 17 sets that they have played, Federer has won 16 of them, a statistic that does not bode well for Berdych. However, that one set that Federer dropped came in their recent clash in Miami which was by no means an easy match for the 18-time Grand Slam winner.

It has been a great year for the 35-year-old, with just two defeats since the turn of the year and an Australian Open title already in the bag. He arrived here on the back of another title won on the grass at Halle.

Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych has not had a great season but his form has peaked at just the right time as he aims to win his first Grand Slam title. The Czech player reached the final here in 2010 and has made it to at least the semi-final stage of every tennis major, so he has been knocking on the door for a while. However, at the age of 31, time is not on his side and this could be his last realistc chance to break his duck.

His current ranking will not be enough to make the ATP World Tour Finals, so a win here could also boost his prospects of featuring in the end of year showdown in London.

Betting odds and tips

Berdych has been playing well but he will need to find another gear to get past Federer. The Swiss player is playing at a level that defies his years and has been managing his schedule perfectly. No player has seemed more comfortable on the grass this week and this does not bode well for his opponent.

Back Federer to win in straight sets at 4/6 with Bet365.

By Neil Morris

Published on: 14/07/2017

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (14/07/2017 10:34:32) but are subject to change.