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Fledgling Ukrainian no match for masterful Murray in Melbourne

| 25.01.2011

As the hype builds so does the pressure, but Andy Murray should have no problems negotiating his way past Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Much has been made of Murray’s strong form in the tournament so far – the world number five is yet to drop a set and has only dropped nine games in his last two matches – so much so that the betting market makes Murray a 1/9 chance to beat Dolgopolov.

The 22-year-old Ukranian is an up-and-comer in the men’s game – he rose over 100 world ranking spots in 2010 – but Murray is in such scintillating form that the 4/6 for Murray to win 3-0 is decent value.

But the pick of the betting market is the 4/5 for there to be under 33.5 games considering Murray’s last three matches have all produced under 25 games.

Murray is 9/2 to win the first set 6-2 and the Scot is 2/7 to win the first set and win the match.

Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer

Fellow Spaniard’s Nadal and Ferrer will resume their career battle which has seen the two face off over fourteen times and, unsurprisingly, the world number one holds an 11-3 record over Ferrer.

Which is why Nadal is 1/8 to beat Ferrer (9/2), but considering Ferrer is number seven in the world this seems a very short price and punters should look to the set betting market to find any value.

Nadal, who has declared himself fully fit, is 8/11 to win the match 3-0 and he has only dropped nine sets to Ferrer in that 14-game run.

There have only been four tiebreaks in those 14 games and the 4/6 for there to be no tiebreak in this match looks decent value, but Ferrer has lost seven sets to Nadal 7-5 and Nadal is 12/1 to win the first set 7-5.

A £25 double on Murray and Nadal winning in straight sets would return £71.75. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.