Friday should be an even more interesting day than Thursday, as the two semi-final matches from the men’s singles draw do indeed look very juicy.
Match: Andy Murray vs Jerzy Janowicz
Selection: Tie Break in Match – No
Best Odds: 2.75 @ Bet365
The match between the British hero, Andy Murray, and the world’s number twenty-two, Jerzy Janowicz, has a fairly obvious favourite in the world’s number two and it would indeed be very reasonable to expect him to come into the match fully focused after having to deal with Fernando Verdasco in five relatively tough sets.
However, he should see the Pole as a very acceptable match-up, as he will know that Janowicz will have to be on the top of his game in order to hurt him in baseline rallies. The serve is always an issue, but Murray has always been able to find a way to break these powerful guys and it is almost impossible to believe that Janowicz won’t give up a few break points in every single set.
Even Lukasz Kubot, who is far below Andy Murray when it comes to returns of serve, was able to find his way to quite a few break points on Thursday, so expect the Scot to do the same – and, unlike Kubot, he should be able to produce his best tennis in those crucial moments and convert the break points into actual breaks of serve. Therefore, there might be some value in backing Murray to get things done without the need of having to go to any tie-breaks. He certainly is good enough to do that – and he will want to send a clear and straightforward message to (most likely) Novak Djokovic before their meeting in the fight for the title on Sunday.