Australian Open men’s singles betting preview
Andy Murray has reached the final of the Australian Open on five different occasions. However, each time the Brit has been on the losing side and there’s a temptation to think that the 29-year-old will never be victorious at Melbourne Park.
However, the fact remains that Murray is the current world number one and he’s also reached the last two finals, while his form towards the end of 2016 was so strong that the man from Glasgow has to be strongly considered to win the 2017 Australian Open.
Bet365 offer 2.63 (13/8) about Murray claiming his first Grand Slam title Down Under, with the Brit showing decent form when reaching the final of the Qatar Open before losing in three sets to that man Novak Djokovic.
In that match, there was little between the two players and Murray won’t be feeling too affected by the defeat, with Djokovic priced at 2.50 (6/4) with Ladbrokes to claim a staggering seventh Australian Open title.
The Serbian regards Melbourne as a home from home, with Djokovic having won five of the past six Australian Opens to illustrate his incredible recent dominance of the event.
Djokovic said after the Doha win: "He (Murray) turned it round in the second set, I thought “I hope this is not payback time”. In the last three months of last year I didn’t play so consistently, so to win against the world No1 is a dream start."
Many regard the gentlemen’s singles as a toss-up between two players, although Murray and Djokovic will be knuckling down for each match that is thrown up and there are plenty of lively contenders.
Stan Wawrinka is a 13.00 (12/1) chance with bet365 and the Swiss is the only man who has prevented Djokovic from winning six Australian Open titles on the spin.
Indeed, it should be noted that Stan has won a Grand Slam title in each of the past three years and he can’t be discounted, with Wawrinka set to be number four seed to get over the line.
Milos Raonic is the number three seed and the Canadian has reached the quarter final and the semi-final in the past two years, with this talented player also making the Wimbledon final last season.
However, the bookmakers have Rafael Nadal as the fourth favourite, with the Spaniard chalked up at 15.00 (14/1) with BetVictor to get over the line and announce his comeback in a major way.
Nadal will be the ninth seed and has that 2009 Australian Open success under his belt, although whether he can come back stronger eight years down the line is another matter.
The same applies to Roger Federer who has won four Australian Open titles although the latest of these was in 2010 and Fed won’t be among the top sixteen players for this tournament. BetVictor make him a 23.00 (22/1) chance.