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Wimbledon 2015 - Andy Murray vs Andreas Seppi

Saturday looks like being a sweltering day in South London, with temperatures climbing to the mid twenties celsius. Wimbledon will no doubt feel the heat, and everyone on Murray Mound is going to need to pack their sunblock and try to eat their strawberries and cream before they curdle.

What effect the temperatures will have on Andy Murray it's hard to say. It was still pretty hot when he walked out onto court number one to defeat Robin Haase on Thursday, although he was spared the oven of Wednesday's heat. It didn't stop him from defeating the Dutchman in impressive style - a 6-1 6-1 6-4 victory took him just eighty seven monutes to complete.

He now faces the 25th seed Andreas Seppi, who showed some real grit to overcome Croatian teenager Borna Coric after going two sets to one down. The grueling five set match will have taken its toll on him, but more than anything it's his attitude that might let Seppi down on Saturday. Following his qualification he was quoted as saying "It's going to be a tough match against Andy. I have lost the last few matches against him but I have nothing to lose so I'm going to give it my best. But his game is for sure better than mine."

Those are hardly the words of a man determined to prevail, and we feel the implication is strong: back Murray to take the victory.

The best place to back an outright victory for Murray is at Coral, who are offering 1/25. If you're feeling like it's going to be another Murray wipeout, we'd also consider backing him to win the match in straight sets. However the odds on that are really not much more appealing than those for him to win the match. Instead we'd consider backing Murray not to have his serve broken all game. It's a slightly bigger gamble but the odds are tempting - we've found it at 5/2 over at SkyBet.

All this said, aside from his matches against Murray, Andreas Seppi actually has a strong record on grass. He's won sixty percent of his matches on the surface, and he reached the final of Halle last month, ultimately losing to Roger Federer over two hard fought sets.

We can't see him upsetting Murray on Saturday, but we do think Seppi might finally break his long running duck and take a set off the Brit. You can back Murray to win by three sets to one at a very reasonable 4/1 over at PaddyPower.

Can this be Murray's year?

The Wimbledon Championships get underway this week and many British sports fans will be desperate to see Andy Murray lift the trophy in a couple of weeks time and there is no doubt that if at his best, he can come out on top.

The Scotsman is going to have to beat the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer of course, but with his home fans behind him, there is no reason why he can’t finally come out on top at SW 19.

You would say that this year is his best chance of winning Wimbledon as well as he got to the final in 2012 and lost to Federer, so knows what it is like to lose, but also won an Olympic Gold Medal the following the month, so also has that winning feeling here.

Also, Murray won the US Open and has the knowhow in Grand Slams after that victory at Flushing Meadows.

When looking at the latest betting offers, you can see that Murray is being offered at 4/1 with Paddy Power to win this tournament and some might see that as decent value.

In the first round, the British number one goes up against Benjamin Becker in what should be a comfortable match for him.

Murray knows it is vital to get off to a good start and it is safe to say he is the favourite in his first round clash as the bookies have him as a 1/40 shot to progress to the next stage of the competition.

For a bit more value, you might like the look of a straight set win for the US Open champion as that is at 1/3 with Sportingbet.

He is sure to have plenty of support at Wimbledon over the next couple of weeks and Andy Murray will feel as though this is his time to shine on the big stage.

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