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Sam Querrey vs Marin Cilic - Wimbledon Semi-finals preview and odds

Published on: 14/07/2017

Sam Querrey vs Marin Cilic - Wimbledon Semi-finals preview and odds

July 14, 2017 14:00am - Wimbledon

Wimbledon Championships Men`s Tennis

After dashing the home crowd`s hopes by disposing of World No. 1 and reigning champion Andy Murray, Sam Querrey will now face another former Grand Slam winner as he aims to reach his first ever major final. Standing in his way will be sixth-ranked Marin Cilic who is seeking to add another major title to the US Open crown he picked up in 2014.

The two have faced each other four times before with Cilic currently holding a 4-0 record over his rival. However, their two previous meetings at Wimbledon (2009 and 2012) all went to five sets, as did their other meeting on grass at Queen`s back in 2012.

Sam Querrey must be quite accustomed to playing five setters here, having already gone the distance against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson, and Andy Murray in this year`s tournament alone. Those matches will have taken their toll but may also have provided some valuable experience for the American to refer to heading into the last four. In his last game against Murray, the last two sets were fairly straight forward and would have provided a good warm down before his rest day.

Cilic has made it to at least the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon for the last four years in row and obviously loves playing here. He has proved before that he is capable of dealing with Querrey`s serve and has always managed to edge past him in previous meetings. He has been serving well himself and looks to be well prepared for this event. He also has the experience of a Grand Slam triumph under his belt but he might also be feeling tired following his epic quarter-final duel with Gilles Muller.

Betting odds and tips

Marin Cilic has never been beaten by Querrey despite some close encounters on grass. His overall game looks in better shape and he has proven before that he has the confidence and experience required to go all the way in a Grand Slam.

Having played three five setters already Querrey must be feeling a little jaded. What`s more, he seems to lack the confidence and aggression required to power through the latter stages of major tournaments. As a result, he can be expected to bow out on Friday but should at least take a set off his rival.

Back Cilic to win in four sets at 11/4 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 10:11:09) but are subject to change.