Andy Murray carries the hopes of a nation on Friday when he takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the 2012 Wimbledon final as Paddy Power report free bets and an exclusive live stream of the match, as plenty of support is coming in for the Scot to reach his first final at SW19.
This is the fourth year in succession that the British No.1 has made it to this stage at SW19 and he is presented with his best chance yet of making it to the final.
Prior to the tournament getting underway, Murray was expected to meet Rafael Nadal at this stage should he progress. However, the Spaniard has already been knocked out and this opens up the draw for Murray.
The omission of Nadal made no difference up to this stage though, so Murray deserves credit for progressing to yet another Wimbledon semi-final. He has had some tough matches, not least against David Ferrer in Wednesday’s quarter-final.
The Scotsman has battled through though and even though it hasn’t always been going his way, he has been ruthless and professional at the right times. So far, his class has shone through against determined opponents.
Standing in Murray’s way is the more than capable Frenchman Tsonga. He is a powerful player with plenty of enthusiasm and the way he approaches the game makes him a popular figure all over the world.
This is the 27-year-old’s second successive Wimbledon semi-final too, so he enjoys playing on grass and now is the time for him to reach his first Grand Slam final since the 2008 Australian Open.
Tsonga will of course have to fight against the home crowd as well as Murray, but he will look to use this as a positive. If he can get on top early on, the doubts will start to creep in on centre court and the pressure on Murray would increase.
Overall, this should be a fantastic battle between two world-class players. British tennis fans will be cheering Murray on all the way and he will need their energy to progress past the dangerous Tsonga.