The Wimbledon semi-finals begin today with the ladies’ tournament last four, before the men’s finalists are decided tomorrow.
As ever, a veritable teddy bear’s picnic of betting on the ties is available at bwin.com. Below are the choicest cuts available for each encounter.
Vesnina has been in exceptional form on grass, winning eight of her nine outings on the surface this term, but her run at SW19 should come to an end against the world number one, who has won their four previous meetings in straight sets.
That’s not to say the clash won’t be close fought, at least initially. The Russian has shown a tendency to be involved in tight first sets at the All England Club with the opener decided 7-5 or 5-7 in four of her previous five rounds.
Serena has also been taken beyond 11 games in two of her previous four first acts at the tournament.
Having seen her younger sister become embroiled in a tight and lengthy first set, Williams the older is expected to follow suit.
Venus may be the outsider to beat an opponent she has lost to in four of their six previous encounters, but she has repeatedly proven her ability not to blink in openers at this year’s Wimbledon.
All five prior rounds have seen her prevail with a seven on her side of the scorecard, with three of those outings going to tiebreaks.
A career head-to-head that reads a competitive 8-6 in the Scot’s favour leans heavily towards Murray in recent times, with the 2013 champion victorious in all four meetings from 2015 onwards, for the loss of just one set.
The sole one shipped during that period came at the 2015 Australian Open, while the Czech also nicked one in their previous Grand Slam, meeting.
Murray showed against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that he is capable of lapses in concentration and against a familiar foe that beat him twice in 2013 (when in his Wimbledon-winning pomp) he can drop another set.
This is easily the best season of the Canadian’s career and there is the sense that he is on the cusp of something special.
Having bested the Swiss maestro in two of their last five face-offs, including earlier this year, and taken a set off him on lawn as far back as 2012, he is unlikely to be overawed by the prospect of taking out a darling of centre court.
Federer comes into a the next round of a tournament off a five-setter for the first time since the 2014 US Open, when Gael Monfils took him the distance in the quarters – he was bounced by Marin Cilic in straight sets in the semis at Flushing Meadows.