Wimbledon Men's semi-final betting preview: Roger Federer v Tomas Berdych - who will win and why?

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The second Wimbledon Men's Semi-Final sees Roger Federer face a man who is no stranger to making a Wimbledon final, Thomas Berdych.

How they got here?

Federer started his road to Wimbledon as he smashed through the Halle Open, making him one of the favourites to win the tournament and become the all-time champion record holder with eight titles.

Federer has produced masterclasses this tournament and looks to be back to his magical best. His first match against Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov ended in retirement (6-3, 2-0) giving the Swiss an easy start to the tournament.

His Second Round match against Dušan Lajović was another confirmation of Federer's intent as he won in straight sets (7(7) - 6(0), 6-3, 6-2). He then took on his first seeded opponent, number 27 Mischa Zverev, who he cruised past in straight sets (7(7)-6(3), 6-4, 6-4).

Federer would again look to be tested against seed number 13 Grigor Dimitrov. However, if this was meant to phase the world number five, it did anything but as Federer breezed through (6-4, 6-2, 6-4).

But, if anything confirmed Federer's current level, it was his quarter-final demolishing of Canadian Milos Raonic (6-4, 6-2, 7(7)-6-4).

Berdych's approach to Wimbledon saw him compete in the Queen's Club Championship where he would make it through to the quarter-final before being knocked out by eventual winner Feliciano López.

The Czech would start his Wimbledon tournament against Jeremy Chardy who took him to four sets in the First Round (6-3, 3-6, 7(7)-6(4), 6-4). His next match would see the world number 15 pushed to four sets against American Ryan Harrison (6-4,6-3, 6(8)-7(10), 6-3).

However, it was Berdych's display against Spaniard David Ferrer, where the 11th seed flexed his muscles in a straight sets victory (6-3, 6-4, 6-3). The Fourth Round, however, was not as easy as Berdych would have liked as he was pushed to five sets by eighth seed Dominic Thiem (6-3, 7(7)-6(1), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3).

While it's understandable, Berdych may have been disappointed about his quarter-final match against Novak Djokovic as the Serbian retired hurt in what could have been a classic (7(7)-6(2), 2-0).

Tale of the tape

These two have had a long withstanding competitive rivalry with a total of 24 matches against each other, where Federer has won 18 of their meetings compared to Berdych's six.

Despite this fact, Berdych can take some solace in knowing that he has beaten Federer on grass before, all the way back in 2010 in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, although Federer has defeated the Czech on grass the previous two times before this.

So far they have met twice this year, at the Australian Open and the Miami Open which are both played on hard courts. Federer won in straight sets in both occasions.

Who will win

While Berdych can force a battle from Federer on the right day, the Swiss superstar is in immense form and doesn't look like stopping. 

To go almost two tournaments without dropping a single set is a crazy statistic and really, Federer has looked a step above the competition in every match he has played so far.

Berdych has plenty of knowledge on his semi-final opponent and could use that to his advantage to maybe pinch a set, but realistically Federer should see himself through to another Wimbledon final and a chance to make history.

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Federer to win 3-1 @ 5/2

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