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Nic Ladds 13th Jun 2009 - 19:26

Murray eyes Queen's and Wimbledon double

Andy Murray is chalked up at 1/7 with William Hill to become the first Briton to win the Queen's Club's AEGON Championships since a chap called Bunny Austin in 1938.

The Scot, who takes on New Yorker James Blake 4/1, has been in stunning recent form on grass, most notably in his last two matches - straight set wins over Mardy Fish and Juan Carlos Ferrero.  

Indeed, so keen are the bookies on Murray's current form he is now 3/1 with William Hill to clinch a sensational Queen's and Wimbledon singles double.

The 22-year-old, who becomes the first British finalist in the tournament since Tim Henman seven years ago, has played Blake just once before losing in straight sets on the clay of Hamburg in 2006.

That head-to-head record might give Blake backers some encouragement but the classy Dunblane man is a much improved and vastly experienced customer these days.

Hills' set betting lists Murray to win in straight sets 2-0 at odds of 4/9. Murray has yet to drop a set in the tournament.

True that 4/9 is more attractive than the 1/7 win price but I have a feeling that Blake can make a game of this.

Blake 29, won through to the final by default with semi-final challenger Andy Roddick injuring his right ankle in the first set so he will be well rested ahead of this clash.

But he's also got some pretty handy "previous" on grass and looked very useful in beating Mikhail Youzhny in the quarters and he reached the final here three years before succumbing to Lleyton Hewitt.

I believe that Hills´ set betting that lists a 2-1 win for Murray at 7/2 could be a great punt.

If like me you fancy this to go three sets then Hills´ Total Match Games betting of there being 30 or more games in this duel at 13/5 could be another cracking punt.

With Murray's impressive passage to the final at Queen's Club many are tipping the 22-year-old to go all the way at Wimbledon.

Indeed, not since William "Braveheart" Wallace told Robert the Bruce he was off to England to pick a fight have we seen such compelling evidence that a Scotsman is about to shake up the world order.

Wallace would probably have been handy with a tennis racquet as well given his expertise with a long sword.

But fast forward 700 years and the man with the weapon in his right hand is a Dunblane warrior.

Swiss maestro Roger Federer is Hills´ outright favourite at 11/10 to win an incredible sixth Wimbledon crown but his record against Murray is poor.

Murray holds a positive 6-2 head-to-head record over Federer and he has beaten other chief outright market rival Rafael Nadal 3/1 twice in the past 12 months.

And question marks remain over whether Spaniard Nadal will be 100% fit to defend his crown. If he isn't he is simply not capable of living with the likes of Murray or Federer on grass.

Outside the top three in the Wimbledon betting a man who could do some real damage is the big serving Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 12/1.

He made the quarters at Wimbledon in 2007 and his Australian Open runner-up slot in 2008 proves that he can handle the five set format of the Majors.

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