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Hot Rodd can make it a nervous wait for Murray

<strong>ANDY MURRAY<br /></strong>WIMBLEDON SEMI-FINAL 1<strong><br />ANDY RODDICK<br /><br />TODAY BBC1<br /></strong>WIMBLEDON fever is at its highest for years as Andy Murray bids to become the first British finalist since Bunny Austin in 1938. At 1/4 Murray is a huge favourite, and looking at the head-to-head record it&rsquo;s not hard to see why as he leads Andy Roddick 6-2 on previous meetings.<br /><br />But we shouldn&rsquo;t forget that the man standing in his way is a twice finalist here, and clearly loves playing on the grass courts of the capital &ndash; Roddick has also won at the Queen&rsquo;s Club four times.<br /><br />A-Rod has the fastest serve in the game, and, as we&rsquo;ve seen before when big-hitters have been drawn against solid returners like Murray, the Centre Court crowd could be in for the long haul. Against big-serving Stanislas Wawrinka, Andy Murray made Wimbledon history with the latest ever tournament finish while Roddick&rsquo;s epic five sets against Lleyton Hewitt, another excellent returner of the ball, lasted ten minutes short of four hours.<br /><br />Despite Murray&rsquo;s quick fire demolition of Ferrero in the last round, I wouldn&rsquo;t put anyone off backing today&rsquo;s match to go to five sets at 16/5 with Boylesports, but the most attractive bet looks to be a buy of total games at 40 with Sporting Index. In the two matches mentioned there were a total of 102 games, while Roddick has wrapped up just one of his five matches in three sets at this year&rsquo;s Wimbledon.<br /><br />I would also suggest following a simple back-to-lay strategy with Roddick. He is available now at around 3/1 on Betdaq and if it does go the distance he is likely to be much shorter during the match.<br /><br />The American has not lost an opening set in the tournament so far and, as shown against big servers in the past, Murray can take a while to find his feet. This will only be exacerbated by the pressures of his first-semi final in front of 15,000 expectant fans. Look to lay off at around the 6/4 mark to lock in a profit.<br /><br /><strong>POINTERS...</strong><br />Buy total games at 40 with Sporting Index<br />Andy Roddick to win at 3/1 on Betdaq<br />Look to lay off at around 6/4 in-running