The Australian Open tennis with Betfred announcing the latest odds & live stream as Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal heading the betting.
The Salford based firm has announced it will also refund bets should the Scot lift the second Grand Slam of his career in Melbourne, and already the offer has seen plenty of interest, the unit reported this morning.
Andy Murray is tipped at 7/1 by Paddy Power to win the Australian Open as the Scot looks to win third Grand Slam title of his career.
Melbourne has always been a kind city to Andy Murray and the third seed will be keen to win the Grand Slam where he has reached the final for three out of the past four years.
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With the Australian Open imminent, Murray will be looking to make an early statement for 2014 but recent injuries has shown that the British number one will need to dig deeper than ever before if he is to be successful.
Past form in Melbourne
Whilst Murray has been fairly consistent in most major tournaments, the Australian Open is one title that has somehow eluded him in the past few years.
The Scot has reached the final in three out of the last four year but has always failed to get the job done with both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic thwarting his title chances.
In just his second Grand Slam final, Murray was easily disposed of by Federer in three sets back in 2010 however it
has Novak Djokovic who has been the party pooper beating Murray in 2011 and 2013 only conceding just one set in the progress.
Despite coming up short in the final three times before, his runs have amazed tennis fans around the world having defeated the likes of Rafael Nadal in the latter stages of the tournament to get the opportunity to fight for the title.
Having picked up a moderate back injury in Davis Cup duty towards the end of 2013, much of the past few months have been about rehabilitation and recovery in time for the new season.
Understandably so, Murray has had a few cobwebs to shake off and these were clear to see in Doha where the Scot only managed to advance to the second round before knocked out by Germany’s Florian Mayer in a 6-3, 4-6, 2-6 loss.
Murray did decline a wildcard for the Heineken Open in Auckland and instead participated in the Kooyong Classic exhibition event where he once again tasted defeat – this time to Australian tennis hero Lleyton Hewitt.
Having lost 2 out of his opening three games of 2014, it’s clear that Murray still has some work to do before he takes to the courts at Melbourne Park.
Who does he face and who are the biggest threats?
After the draw, Murray has been handed a reasonable first round opponent in the shape of Japan’s Go Soeda who is currently ranked 114th in the world.
Soeda has only competed twice in the competition proper with his best achievement being a second round appearance in 2013 meaning that Murray is a clear favourite for that tie.
Should he advance, he will face a qualifier in the second round with the first real test potentially being 26th seed Feliciano Lopez or 13th seed John Isner in the Third and Fourth round respectively.
The real challenges come in the quarter finals where Murray could face Roger Federer who himself is in poor form but is someone who should never be written off on a good day.
The semi-final stage doesn’t get any easier with both Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro lurking in the background and both in strong form at the start of the year.
With world number one Novak Djokovic isolated in the other half of the draw, it makes one less name for The Scot to worry about although the Serbian tennis ace (and overall favourite) is a strong final contender given the fact that the rest of the top 6 seeds are all in the top half of the draw
Having struggled for form so far this year, it’s unlikely that 2014 will be the year that Murray quite puts his Australian Open demons to rest once and for all.
However, Murray has got a history at the Rod Laver Arena and the Scot is always someone who can fight his way through to the final four of any Grand Slam competition.