Paul Mallon | Wimbledon
- Novak Djokovic 8/13
- Andy Murray 11/8
In Australia they’ve talked about the fans being the 16th man for the British and Irish Lions this summer. Last year, Irish soccer supporters even won an award for their unwavering support as their country got walloped at Euro 2012.
The latest figures from Paddy Power show about 63% of the e-money coming in for Djokovic this morning in the outright betting market. Murray can, however, take more than fan inspiration in his bid for the Wimbledon title.
The pair, born just one week apart, already have a formidable rivalry. And, in the tale of the tape, Murray has won their only previous match on grass, at the Olympics in 2012. But Djokovic leads the head-to-head record 11-7 going into the game today.
Given Murray’s penchant for making life difficult for himself, viewers can expect a grueller today.
No surprises on centre court
Murrray told the BBC: “Novak Djokovic is someone I know very well, although our friendship is a bit more professional these days as we’re in competition a lot. We’ve played against each other in many, many big matches and both won and lost, so there are unlikely to be many surprises out there for either of us.
“He is extremely physically fit these days, more so than when he was younger, but the prospect of being out there for five or six hours with him isn’t daunting. It’s exactly what I spend so much time preparing for.”
Your cash is on Djokovic, but who do the expects think will the Wimbledon final?
Three-time Wimbledon champion and commentator John McEnroe is putting his money on the Scottish/English hero.
He said: “I favour Murray. I think that the physical aspect of Djokovic’s semi-final is going to have some impact. Novak is a truly, truly great player – both of these guys are – but I think the crowd is going to give Andy that extra 5-10%. When you toss all that into the mix, it’s going to be a fantastic final.”
Becker backs Murray
Boris Becker is throwing all German logic out the window too and is in the home corner. Also a three-time champ on the London grass, he said: “On paper, Djokovic is the favourite, but a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon for a British player is so much more than just stats.
It’s about rewriting history and I think that favours Murray. It’s a very different Murray we see this year from last year. The fact he won Olympic gold here, plus the US Open, and that he has been a solid member of the top three players in the world over the last 12 months speaks volumes.
If Murray becomes the first British man since Fred Perry to win Wimbledon, and plug a gap of 77 years, Paddy Power will spend a considerable amount of Sunday afternoon filing cash back into our customers’ accounts if they punted on our Wimbledon Money-Back Special (money back if Murray wins Wimbledon). Paddy might be sick, but it’ll be a smashing result for punters.
Meanwhile, anyone looking for value might take a nibble of the 5/1 available for Djokovic to win 3-2 in the set betting.