Murray’s Wimbledon again….

June 10th, 2017 | Ian Carnaby's Sports News

As I mentioned last week, I do not come up with secondary tips when something has gone wrong in a tournament, though I think Simona Halep will indeed win the French Open. This is the best I have seen her play and she will probably prove too strong and experienced for Jelena Ostapenko in the final.

In a wonderful men’s semi-final, Stan Wawrinka wore down Andy Murray against all odds. The Swiss was full of brilliant game-winning shots with almost as many errors at key moments when seemingly about to take control.

Murray is unquestionably the best player in the world, although it might be argued that Rafa Nadal is now very close to his form of a few years ago. No one can out-rally the Scot, in addition to which Murray plays the most astonishing angles under maximum pressure.

It has taken him a while to find his best form after illness and he faded late on against Wawrinka after looking sure to win but he will go to Wimbledon with a clear favourite’s chance and I suggest backing him at the best price you can find as soon as the markets are published.

As I’ve been writing for a while, you have very definitely seen the best of Novak Djokovic and it would not surprise me if he called it a day much earlier than his arch rivals. Djokovic has clearly had problems away from the court and the 2/1 about his NOT winning a major this season was a truly remarkable offer.

He tries to be a crowd pleaser but actually has a strange, slightly malevolent streak which Murray took ages to deal with. Most tellingly, though, the Serb tries hard to manipulate the crowd’s mood these days, like a martyr to a cause that the rest of us cannot fathom. He has been a great player but there is money in opposing him now and personally I doubt that he will fancy Wimbledon anyway. Murray is a very solid bet indeed.

Wawrinka will do well to recover from Friday’s exertions quickly enough to deny a rampant Nadal a tenth French title and I doubt that it will be another marathon. A very small bet on straight sets may be justified.