Australian Open Tennis Odds : Punter frenzy on Andy Murray as firm announces refunds if Scot wins in Melbourne

The latest Australian Open odds, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, as Betfred announce they will refund bets should the Scot win his second Grand Slam and win the tournament in Melbourne.

The popular Salford based unit announced the news this morning, as Andy Murray fever has once again begun to take hold following his Wimbledon success, as the first Grand Slam event of the year kicks off in Australia.

It should be an intriguing tournament as Murray Mania hits the shores down under.



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Andy Murray kicks off his bid for an Australian Open next week insisting that he would rather claim grand slam titles then be the world number 1.

Despite claiming a first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2012, last year was a real breakthrough year for Murray as he ended Britain’s long-wait for a Wimbledon champions.

The current world number 4 was a finalist in Melbourne 12 months ago, the third time he had failed at the final hurdle in Australia.

However despite his status as fourth seed, and the prospect of not facing either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic until the semi-finals, a season-ending back injury sustained in September means that Murray won’t be as match fit as his title chasing rivals.

Speaking ahead of the tournament Murray revealed his intention to win more major titles rather than top rankings, telling reporters “To finally break through and win the tournament was a massive relief.

“I will never be under more pressure than I was in last year’s Wimbledon Final.

“The expectation and pressure that I put on myself is much bigger than certain people in the media would have put on me. I put the pressure on myself.

“I wanted to win really badly and now I’ve done that, it has given me more drive to work harder, knowing that all the hours I put in are worth it.

“I want to win more if I can. If you asked me if I could be world No.1 for a week or win another Grand Slam, I would rather win another Grand Slam.

“For years, Slams were what people judged me on. I was always being asked: ‘When are you going to win one?’

“It was never: ‘When are you going to get to world No.1?’

“It was all about Slams for years and it became a huge motivation for me.

“Every player would like to be No.1 but my goal is to win Slams. I don’t think rankings always reflect who is best.

“Sometimes they do but that isn’t always the case.”

Murray make his comeback in the Qatar Exxonmobile tournament last week crashing out in the 2nd round to Florian Mayer and he will continue his preparations with an exhibition match against local favourite Lleyton Hewitt this Friday.

If he can prove his stamina and return to the form he showed in the first half of the season then Murray could indeed finally claim the Australian title he deserves, and who knows it could lead on to that number spot he so doesn’t crave.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.