Stan Hey: 6-5 Against
Murray looks percentage call on home turf
Saturday 18 June 2011
A combination of the summer's longest day, the last knockings of a Test series, Glastonbury and Wimbledon will spell one word to the English people – rain.
But let's be positive – the top players can expect their matches to be put under Centre Court's roof, and there should be extended play, given that darkness doesn't fall until 10pm.
The other word the English associate with this period is "failure", and it's a fair bet that all but Andy Murray will be out by round two. In order to win Murray needs to perform consistently through five rounds, then hope that he can get past his usual nemesis, Rafael Nadal (9-4, Ladbrokes) in a possible semi-final. Roger Federer (13-5, Coral) is demoted to third seed which means he and the in-form Novak Djokovic (7-2 Boylesports) could meet in the other semi.
Murray's win percentage in Grand Slam events is highest at Wimbledon, so he has a chance against Nadal if it comes to it. Murray is on offer at 6-1 (William Hill, Victor Chandler) and I'm going £20 each-way on him, with £5 each-way on the fifth seed, the hard-serving Swede Robin Soderling, as a possible mischief-maker.
With the women's singles disrupted by dropouts and the Williams sisters just returning from injuries, there may be a chance for an outsider – a chance is taken on the very noisy Belarusian, Victoria Azarenka, £5 each-way, 16-1 Paddy Power, for a screaming result.
James Rodriguez to Real Madrid: Would Colombian star fit in with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale?
William Carvalho to Arsenal? Gunners make new enquiry for £35m rated midfielder
Manchester United transfer news: More signings expected, indicates Ed Woodward
WWE Battleground 2014 results: John Cena and The Miz are the big winners on a night to forget in Tampa, Florida
Chelsea transfer news: Completed summer deals - including Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas
- 1 Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
- 2 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 3 Saneie Masilela, 9, marries Helen Shabangu, 53 years his senior, for the second time
- 4 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 5 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains