Men’s Wimbledon Final
Published on 09/07/16
Andy Murray will be trying to win his second Wimbledon Title on Sunday at 2pm, when he’ll play the Canadian Milos Raonic who has blossomed under the tutelage of former Wimbledon Champion John McEnroe.
So let’s take a look at the best bets for the 2016 Wimbledon Men’s Final.
Murray 3/10, Raonic 13/4
Raonic put an end to the crowd’s dream Wimbledon final when he beat Roger Federer in the semis. However, that may well have been music to Murray’s ears as Federer has proved his Wimbledon nemesis so many times.
Meanwhile, Murray holds a 6-3 lead over Raonic in their head-to-heads, and has won their last 5 matches, including the final at Queens this year. That was the only time they have previously played each other on grass, but Murray has also beaten Raonic both times they’ve met in Grand Slams. He beat the then 21-year-old Raonic in straight sets in the 2012 US Open, though had to come from 2-1 behind to beat the Canadian in this year’s Australian Open semi-finals.
This is also Raonic’s first Grand Slam Final appearance, and he may just feel the added pressure of the big occasion. If he doesn’t, then it could be an epic final, and Raonic’s massive serve and reach at the net could prove lethal weapons. Equally, Murray is one of the best returners in the world, and he also possesses one of the most lethal lobs ever seen, which may well need to use to good effect if Raonic adopts serve and volley tactics, as expected.
I fancy Murray to win, and hopefully if you’re a regular blog follower you’re on at 7/2. Personally, I’m going to resist the temptation to lay Murray to guarantee a profit, but I don’t blame those of you who can’t resist the temptation.
First Set Betting
Raonic has won the first set in 2 of their last 3 matches, at Queens and at the Australian Open, and the 28/13 that he wins the first set here looks a very big price. Meanwhile, big-hitters will be looking to guarantee themselves a profit on this market, as you can get 8/15 Murray (Sportingbet), and 28/13 (Netbet), making it a win-win bet – though I’ve no idea how much you will get on at those prices.
There’s no doubt that Raonic could be a real handful and, as Murray beat him 2-1 at Queens and 3-2 in the Australian Open, it’s difficult to see why Murray to win 3-0 is the 7/4 favourite in this market. Much more appealing is the 11/4 for Murray to win 3-1, whilst 11/2 for Murray to win 3-2 could be worth a saver.