The Wimbledon semi-final between Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic is a battle of the big servers and could be a lengthy affair.
The last time they met at the All England Club back in 2012, it was a five-and-a-half-hour marathon before Cilic eventually won the last set 17-15.
The first of our Querrey vs Cilic betting tips is for the match to last at least 43 games at odds of 4/5.
Tie-breaks have been a regular feature when these two players have met previously. Both sets went the distance in their last meeting in Washington in 2015 and the 2012 Wimbledon showdown featured tie-breaks in three of the four sets before the decider turned into an epic.
A similar pattern of play would see our recommended bet come in even if the match is decided in four sets and with both players in good form, that appears likely.
Tie-breaks the key
Querrey is yet to get the better of the Croatian in four meetings but his victory over defending champion Andy Murray can only have helped his confidence.
“I’ve had some tough grass-court losses to him,” said the American. “I’m going to try to keep doing what I’ve been doing these last five matches and hopefully that will be good enough.”
Murray may have been struggling with injury but conceded he had no answer to Querrey’s serve by the end of Wednesday’s match.
“Sam served great,” said the world number one. “The end of the fourth set and fifth set felt like he hardly missed any first serves. He was acing me pretty much every time.”
Cilic fired down 33 aces during his five-set win over Gilles Muller as he reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time.
The former US Open champion has been tipped for the title since day one by his compatriot and former coach Goran Ivanisevic, the 2001 winner at the All England Club. He is 4/1 to go all the way this year but for now we like the look of him to win in four sets at 31/4.
Our final Querrey vs Cilic prediction is for Cilic to win the first set 7-6 at odds of 9/4, a bet which would have paid out in their two most recent meetings.
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