Britain’s Andy Murray will play world No.1 Roger Federer in the second major final to take place at Wimbledon this summer, this time in the Olympic tennis final. Murray who lost the Wimbledon grand slam final to Federer exactly a month ago will be out for not only revenge, but an elusive gold medal.
Murray is still yet to win a grand slam, but if he could win an Olympic gold that would surely rank just as good, if not better, as the chance to win one is so rare. Federer is favourite again in the betting, but not by much.
Roger Federer is potentially the best player not just in his generation but of all-time, and although he won an Olympic gold in Beijing four years ago in doubles, he will be desperate to win a singles gold, as this could be his last games.
Bet365 Online Bookmaker’s odds on the match are:
4/7 Roger Federer, 11/8 Andy Murray
Federer had a relatively easy passage to the semi-final stage where he won the longest men’s Olympic tennis match ever. He beat Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina 19-17 in an extraordinary third set. Federer found himself a set down, but rallied back to win the match against the truly inspired Argentine. It was a match that only Federer could have won but Del Potro played by far the better tennis. Del Potro managed to break Federer to love when he was serving for the match late in the third set. Federer will have been very pleased to have had a day off before the final, as the four hour contest must have taken a lot out of him, even if he didn’t show it.
With the exception of the semi-final, Murray has also had a fairly routine path. He has continued to play the same excellent tennis that got him to the Wimbledon final in July. Murray greatest victory in the tournament by far was his victory over Novak Djokovic 7-5, 7-5. Murray was not the bookies’ favourite for that match but with a packed centre court behind him, he played one of the best matches of his career against the former world No.1. The lanky Scot played aggressively and really took the match to the multiple grand slam winner and he will have to use the same game plan if he is going to beat Roger Federer.
Murray actually leads the head-to-head between himself and Federer having won nine of their previous 17 meetings. However Federer has won the last three of their matches and has won both their previous meetings in grand slam finals.
The biggest statistic against Murray is that all his previous victories over the Swiss player have been in the best of three set contests. However the final reverts to a best of five set match which favours Federer and he will understandably start as the odds-on favourite.
For Murray to have a chance of winning he needs the weather to be on his side, as if the roof is closed Federer will be massively advantaged. Federer is by far the best player in the world indoors, and at the Wimbledon final in July he was losing and didn’t look fully comfortable until the roof was closed.
Murray v Federer Betting Tips
Murray must start extremely well, just as he did in the final four weeks ago. The first set is vital especially to get the crowd going. Federer, as consummate professional, will not be daunted by the partisan crowd but it should give Murray an extra edge especially as the match enters the later stages. Murray can win, and after Federer’s marathon semi-final battle the Scot has his best chance ever has to land a major final.
- Bet on Murray to win the match at 11/8 with Bet365 Bookmaker.
- Back Murray to win 3-1 in the correct score betting market, which is at odds of 6/1 with Betfred Online Bookie.