Murray in Melbourne
Murray could go one better in Melbourne
The betting markets seem to suggest that the forthcoming Australian Open in Melbourne from the 13th to the 26th of January will be a straightforward contest between three-time reigning champion Novak Djokovic and the back-to-form Rafael Nadal who beat the Djoker so convincingly in the U.S. Open final at Flushing Meadows in September.
In fact, if you look at the advanced betting market with the biggest online betting exchange in the world, Betfair, the only other player on the men's side of the draw they give a cat in hell's chance is Britain's Andy Murray. Currently, Djokovic is around 6/4, with Nadal a little further out at 2/1, followed by quite a big percentage gap to Murray at a best priced 6/1.
For those who watch the game closely, that 6/1 represents outstandingly good value if you enjoy a wager on the tennis now and again.
Remember that Murray has been on the losing side of the net in three of the last four finals in Melbourne, losing twice to Djokovic and once to Roger Federer back in 2009. This is a tournament in which the Scot really excels. The problem is that the man who excels a little more, Novak Djokovic, keeps getting in the way.
But of course that wasn't the case at the Flushing Meadows 2012 final, nor in the London Olympics, nor at Wimbledon this summer when Murray well and truly overcame the Djoker's Grand Slam hoodoo with a 3-0 convincing win. So perhaps Murray has lanced that particular boil?
Also; consider that Murray had to have surgery on his back at the end of the summer and wasn't really back to his best for the U.S. Open. He will be determined to prove that he is now - and he could very easily go one better in Melbourne, so 6-1 looks mightily generous.