Wimbledon 2010: Mens Semifinals Picks & Preview

Tomas Berdych beat Roger Federer and eliminated the Swiss in the quarterfinals. Federer had made the final every year since 2003, and won the tournament six out of the last seven times. He lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2008 finals

Nadal is still in the tournament, and so is British hopeful Andy Murray who might have the best shot in a while to finally end the British dry spell at the All England Club. Fred Perry was the last British man to win Wimbledon in 1936.

Here is a look at Friday’s semifinals:

Tomas Berdych [12] vs. Novak Djokovic [3] (July 2, 8:00am ET, Centre Court)

Berdych is entering his first semifinal match at Wimbledon. He has had a great season and his powerful groundstrokes have helped him cruise through the draw at the All England Club. Berdych is 30-11 this season and he went to the semifinals at the French Open, the final at the Sony Ericsson Open and the semis at Brisbane International.

He has looked great throughout the tournament and proved that he can come through in big matches by beating Federer for the second time in a row. He beat the Swiss on his way to a second-place finish at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Djokovic on the other hand hasn’t had as great a season. He parted ways with coach Todd Martin after losing his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open. He said Martin had tried to change Djokovic’s service motion which backfired. Djokovic produced an uncharacteristically high number of double faults and his serve got weaker.

He made it to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the French Open, but hasn’t been able to play at a consistently high level. He had a hard time against Rochus in the first round at Wimbledon, but has played a strong tournament since.

Djokovic is 2-0 in the head-to-head series against Berdych, but Berdych has the chance to change that Friday. He looks like he is on a roll, and I think he can continue his success against the slight favorite Djokovic.

Go to 5Dimes for the best line on Berdych at -104.

Andy Murray [4] vs. Rafael Nadal [2] (July 2, after Berdych-Djokovic, Centre Court)

No to take anything away from John Isner and Nicolas Mahut’s epic, but this might be the best match of the year. Murray and Nadal will give each other a tough fight and this should be a close one.

Nadal leads the head-to-head series 7-3 and won their only meeting at Wimbledon in 2008. Murray lost a five-set match against Andy Roddick in last year’s semifinals and has never gone to the final at Wimbledon.

Murray has the stronger serve out of the two which will help him on the grass court. The eyes of every Brit will be on him, as the nation is hoping for a British winner at the All England Open. And this might just be the year.

Murray has lost only one set in the tournament so far and has looked sharp all the way. Nadal, on the other hand, has struggled and had some problems with his knees and shoulder. While the Spaniard tends to get better as the tournament advances, Murray will have the fresher legs in Friday’s match.

Nadal’s cross-court forehand has been his greatest weapon at this tournament, but he has struggled a little with his backhand. Murray should be able to capitalize here, and I think he can come away with a close victory.

Nadal is the favorite here, and while a Murray win isn’t a lock, the match should be so close that it is worth betting on the Brit.

Go to 5Dimes for a +136 line on Murray.

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