Queen's Club Betting: Murray to comfortably pass Cilic test

16Jun 2013


Andy Murray contests the final of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club today and in-form tennis expert Sean Calvert expects the Scot to prevail over Marin Cilic..

It was another frustrating day weather-wise for tennis fans, players and punters on Saturday as the rain yet again interrupted proceedings at Queen's Club.

Andy Murray finally got started against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at around 6pm, while the Lleyton Hewitt vs. Marin Cilic match was bumped off Centre Court to Court 1 even though it had begun on Centre initially.

The change of venue didn't do much for Hewitt, who struggled badly in the howling wind at the start of the match and went a set and a break down and had the trainer on before staging a comeback and grabbing the second set on a Cilic double fault to level.

Murray also began slowly and was very disappointing in the opener, also losing his serve on a tame double fault in set one to hand Tsonga the initiative, but the Brit was able to take advantage of a lapse by the Frenchman to level at 1-1.

And Murray raised his level in the third, while Tsonga faded to land another winning bet for this column, as Andy comfortably covered the minus 2.5 game handicap, which was my main recommended bet of the day.

The other one didn't fare so well, as Hewitt's comeback was short lived and he went down in three to set up a final today between the defending champion and number one seed.

Cilic will be keen to prove that his title here last season was no fluke after David Nalbandian infamously handed it to the Croatian by booting a hoarding and injuring a linesman, but he doesn't have a great record against Murray.

Indeed, Murray leads the head-to-heads 8-1, with Cilic's sole win coming in the 2009 US Open and the Croatian's link-up with former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic for the grass swing has paid immediate dividends, but it's hard to see him retaining his title today.

The match has been moved forward to 12.15pm due to the likelihood of more bad weather and the Scot will be looking to get this done quickly as the rain looms in the distance once more.

Cilic has made 16 previous finals on the tour with a 9-7 record and he's won three of his last four, but this is only his second on grass after the Nalbandian match, which he was losing when the Argentine defaulted and he's lost 9 of his last 11 matches against players ranked above him.

Murray enjoys extracting errors from Cilic and I think that the match-up is such a poor one for Cilic, who doesn't do anything better than Murray unless he gets really hot, and Murray will win this in two if he doesn't have another slow start.

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Back Murray to beat Cilic 2-0 at 1.61


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Keywords: Queens Club, Murray, Cilic, Aegon Championships

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