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Rupert Wyman 15th Aug 2009 - 9:06

Magical Murray destined for number two slot

Following some fantastic quarter-final action yesterday at the Montreal Masters the semi-finals could be even better, and of course it is all available to watch for free live on William Hill TV.

It is the first time since 1987 that the Rogers Cup semi-finalists have all been from the top eight. With four of the top eight players in the world battling out for ranking points, prize money and professional pride.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Andy Murray

The first semi-final sees Britain's Andy Murray (1/5 to win) take on surprise semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10/3). That is not a critcism of the Frenchman's tennis ability just a reflection of the magnitude of the odds he defied to beat the world number one Roger Federer yesterday.

Not only was the world number seven a big underdog to win the match but the nature of his victory was even more stunning as he rallied from a 1-5 deficit in the third set to win the set on a tie-break and thus the quarter-final.

Can Tsonga cause another shock today?

I think the answer is no. Murray was outstanding in his straight-sets win against Nikolay Davydenko, his third such victory of the tournament. As a result the world number three is in the semi-finals in Montreal for the third time in four years.

If he reaches the final for the first time then he will become the new world number two, overtaking Rafael Nadal in the rankings. If he didn't need anything else to spur him on to victory this will surely add to his determination, especially as in tournaments he would have a much easier passage to finals as he would always be seeded to face Novak Djokovic in semi-finals rather than Federer.

I think he will be in the final come Sunday and the 4/7 about another straight-sets win looks too good to turn down.

Andy Roddick v Juan Martin del Potro

The second semi-final is a repeat of last week's ATP Washington final as Andy Roddick takes on Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine was the victor last week and he is the narrow favourite at 4/5 to make it three wins out of three against A-Rod, who is 10/11 to reach the final.

In Washington the match went to three sets and I expect this semi to go the distance as well, especially at the price of evens, with two sets available at 8/11.

Both will be full of confidence after yesterday defeating higher-ranked players than themselves, Djokovic and Nadal respectively, although Roddick was the favourite in his quarter-final and Nadal is yet to hit top form following his injury lay-off.

The match looks too close to call so other than backing the three sets the best bet could be in the total match games market. Over 24.5 games is 5/6 and that looks much bettre than the under at 5/6.

Don't forget you can watch both these fantastic matches on William Hill TV and if Murray wins you could be witnessing history as a Britain would be world number two for the first time ever.

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