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Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Federer flies as Murray and Djokovic bow out

Roger Federer gets in some practice at Wimbledon
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Roger Federer is just 4-11 to win an eighth Wimbledon singles crown after a day which saw Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic depart the tournament.

It’s five years since the Swiss legend, a 6-4 6-2 7-6 winner against Milos Raonic yesterday, won his seventh title.

But with Rafael Nadal having lost in the last 16 and two-time champion Murray and three-time grass-court king Djokovic being ousted in the last eight, it’s no wonder the oddsmakers cannot see past Federer.

He has already been successful in the Australian Open and in Indian Wells and Miami this year – Federer chose to miss the clay campaign – and anyone who backed the pre-tournament favourite is sitting pretty with two rounds to be played.

The bookies say that if anyone can stop Federer on Sunday it could be Cilic, who is 4-1 clear second favourite after coming through a thriller to deny Nadal’s conqueror Muller 3-6 7-6 7-5 5-7 6-1.

Murray’s 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-1 6-1 loss to Sam Querrey avoids any embarrassment that may have been felt had the Scot lined up against Cilic, who is now coached by his former advisor Jonas Bjorkman.

Murray’s travails with his hip injury were well documented, but Djokovic’s retirement due to an elbow injury when he trailed Tomas Berdych 7-6 2-0 was more of a surprise.

Berdych is playing well, but there was little in the Serb’s tank just one day after poor scheduling meant he was made to play his fourth-round match a day late.

Wimbledon men’s outright prices:
4-11 R Federer, 4 M Cilic, 12 T Berdych, 28 S Querrey.

The bookies say that if anyone can stop Federer on Sunday it could be Cilic
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