By Lee Dover
Who will be great in the Wimbledon final eight?
Andy Murray will be looking to avoid seeing another Grand Slam shattered dream at the hands of Spanish pitbull David Ferrer when he steps out onto Centre Court today.
The Scot felt the wrath of the Spaniard only a month ago when he saw his goal of winning the French Open come to a shuddering halt in the quarter-finals.
Murray does have one advantage though – the French Open took place on clay, a surface on which Ferrer excels – but this time it is the green, green grass of the All England Club that greets the players.
As such, the British number one is 4/9 favourite with Paddy Power to win the match though the 7/4 for Ferrer to stroll into the semi-finals and break hearts across the UK cannot be ignored.
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The Scot is not taking his do-or-die tie for granted.
Ferrer’s not a clay court specialist. He’s won eight matches in a row on the grass. He’s been in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, semi-finals of the US Open as well, and now he’s starting to play better on grass.
Murray’s clash with Ferrer is just the icing on the cake of a wonderful day of tennis, with reigning champion Novak Djokovic taking on the German tank Florian Mayer.
The Serb has only dropped one set during Wimbledon 2012 and is 4/11 to win his quarter-final game in straight sets. Roger Federer will still be counting his lucky stars after coming back from the edge of defeat on Friday evening at the hands of Julien Benneteau in the fourth round.
The Swiss icon seems to have recaptured his flair though and is now 1/9 to defeat Mikhail Youzhny.
Wimbledon quarter finals
However, the Russian has already taken a giant scalp in the shape of Janko Tipsarevic, so he could upset the six-time Wimbledon champion has to be worth a look.
A great day of tennis comes to a close when heavy-hitter Jo-Wilfried Tsonga aims to become the first male French Grand Slam champion since Yannick Noah way back in 1983.
The Frenchman faces a resilient Philipp Kohlschreiber but is odds-on to get past the German and reach the final four. Tsonga is 10/1 in Paddy Power’s online betting to win the title outright before he plays Kohlschreiber.