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The Weekly Accumulator: Murray and Djokovic too short to feature

| 18.01.2012

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic headline the men’s action on the fourth day of the Australian Open, but are far too short to be included in our accumulator.

The duo are both 1/100 to win their respective second round matches in Melbourne, with Murray taking on Edouard Roger-Vasselin and world number one Djokovic stepping on court with Santiago Giraldo.

However, we have made six selections from within the day’s men’s second round showdowns and the six timer pays a healthy 39/1.

Leading the way is Milos Raonic, who is likely to have too much in his armoury for Philipp Petzschner.

Andy Roddick arguably had the worst draw of anyone at the Australian Open, but passed his first test with flying colours by dominating Robin Haase in straight sets.

Lleyton Hewitt is his next opponent, who needed four hours to see off little-known Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in the opening round and Roddick has triumphed in the last six meetings between the pair.

Nicolas Mahut was impressive in seeing off the seeded Radek Stepanek in the first round and can beat Tatsuma Ito, while Pablo Andujur can make it three wins in succession against Juan Ignacio Chela.

Julien Benneteau is perhaps the best single bet to defeat Gilles Simon in an all-French showdown given that Simon needed five sets to defeat unknown Thai player Danai Udomchoke in his first round.

Meanwhile, Mikhail Kukushkin is by far our riskiest pick, but he took Murray to a deciding set in Brisbane and opponent Viktor Troicki has been average at best in 2012 to date and could be upset.

Australian Open selections

Milos Raonic to beat Philipp Petzschner @ 1/4
Andy Roddick to beat Lleyton Hewitt @ 3/10
Nicolas Mahut to beat Tatsuma Ito @ 4/9
Pablo Andujar to beat Juan Ignacio Chela @ 1/1
Julien Benneteau to beat Gilles Simon @ 6/5
Mikhail Kukushkin to beat Viktor Troicki @ 11/4



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.