No matter his Wimbledon fate, underdog quarterfinalist Sam Querrey should expect thank you notes from top contenders No. 2 Andy Murray and No. 3 Roger Federer after he ousted two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.
The 28-year-old American upset the world’s top-ranked player in the third round and thus helped the Scotsman Murray rise to a 2/3 favorite to win his second Wimbledon title and slotted the Swiss Federer in line for his eighth at 5-2 odds, according to Sportsbook.ag.
Though spectators in the All England Club stands hoped to see yet another clash with Djokovic in the semifinals, the aging Federer does technically have a much easier path to the finals with Djokovic now eliminated.
Federer will next meet ninth-seeded Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals, and he’s defeated the Croatian in five of their six career meetings. That mark includes a sweep at the U.S. Open semis two years ago, though they have never met on Wimbledon grass.
Querrey, who had never advanced past Wimbledon’s third round before, will next face sixth-seeded Milos Raonic. However, Querry is listed at 28-1 odds to claim the first slam of his career.
Raonic sits right behind Federer at 6-1 odds and seeks to reach the semifinals for the second in his career. Despite lacking ultimate success at Wimbledon, the Canadian built some momentum by staging a miraculous comeback against Belgium’s David Goffin after dropping the first two sets.
Either Raonic or Querrey will face the victor of Federer and Cilic’s match, while Murray faces 28-1 long-shot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters and could meet either 10th seeded Tomas Berdych or France’s Lucas Pouille. Seeded No. 32, Pouille is the men’s side biggest longshot at 50-1 odds.
The women’s side, on the other hand, has unfolded just as oddsmakers projected before the tournament began. No. 1 American Serena Williams continues to sit well above her competition at 2-5 odds as she preps to face unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina in the semifinals.
Williams owns a perfect 4-0 mark against Vesnina, and hasn’t lost a single set or more than four games in a single set to the 29-year-old.
Odds makers have tabbed Germany’s Angelique Kerber as Williams’ most likely opponent in the finals at 3-1 odds, but haven’t ruled out a potential “All Williams” final.
Serena Williams sister and doubles partner Venus is listed at 12-1 odds to earn the sixth Wimbledon title of her career and first overall slam since 2008, but she’s just 2-3 all-time against semifinals foe Kerber.
Should an “All Williams” final occur, it would be the first since 2009 when Serena beat Venus in straights sets at Wimbledon. It would also mark the eighth time the sisters have met in a slam final with Serena owning a 5-2 record over Venus.
Odds To Win Wimbledon 2016
Andy Murray 2-3
Roger Federer 5-2
Milos Raonic 6-1
Marin Cilic 18-1
Tomas Berdych 18-1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 28-1
Sam Querrey 28-1
Lucas Pouille 50-1
Serena Williams 2-5
Angelique Kerber 3-1
Venus Williams 12-1
Elena Vesnina 14-1