Murray can end Britain’s long wait for a male finalist at Wimbledon

ANDY Murray is just one match away from becoming the first British men’s finalist at Wimbledon since Bunny Austin in 1938. In his quarter-final against David Ferrer he survived two set points to avoid going two sets down before staging a magnificent fight back to secure a fourth consecutive Wimbledon semi-final slot.

The world number four was stopped at this stage by Rafa Nadal in each of the past two years, but with the Spaniard no longer in the competition, the already high expectations on the Brit have increased. On his route to the last four Murray has dropped only three sets and his impressive head-to-head record against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga makes him Coral’s 4/9 favourite.

Murray has beaten the enigmatic Frenchman five times in their six meetings, including a 3-1 victory here two years ago, and the same score appeals at 5/2 with Coral.

For the tennis purists Novak Djokovic’s contest against Roger Federer in today’s other semi has all the makings of a classic. This will be the first time the pair have met at SW19 and Djokovic will hope to continue the imperious form that has seen him lose just one set so far in defence of his title.

With his record over the last two years it’s no surprise to see Djokovic as 2/5 favourite and despite Federer’s history at the tournament, a seventh Wimbledon title looks out of reach. Federer has played well enough to at least take a set off the Serb, so the 3-1 Djokovic victory looks the best bet at 11/4 with Coral.

■ Pointers…
Andy Murray to win 3-1 at 5/2 with Coral
Novak Djokovic to win 3-1 at 11/4 with Coral