After finding himself beaten in the final of four of the last six Australian Opens, you’d think Andy Murray’s luck had to turn, but it won’t be this year according to Ladbrokes’ latest poll.
We asked our readers just how far the British number one can expect to go in Melbourne, and according to the voters he’s set for yet another near miss.
A total of 36 per cent of those that responded thought that Murray would find himself pipped at the post to finish runner-up in the Rod Laver Arena, a higher share than any other option.
That result goes hand in hand with the bookies’ interpretation of the 28-year-old’s chances, with a runner-up spot priced as the 6/4 favourite in Ladbrokes’ market.
The next most vocal group of respondents feel that Murray won’t even take to the court on January 31 in the title decider, with 31 per cent stating that a semi final exit is on the cards.
According to the seedings the most likely conqueror of the Brit at that stage would be defending champion Stan Wawrinka, with the Swiss the only other man seeded in the top seven on Murray’s side of the draw.
The only other option to receive any substantial backing was one that will please the two-time Slam winner.
Over one-fifth (21 per cent) of votes suggest that Murray can break his duck Down Under and claim the title.
As for the other choices, six per cent of those polled thought it would be a quarter final exit, while the same amount thought Murray wouldn’t justify his 1/50 odds against Joao Sousa and will fall in the next round.
Get through the Portuguese though, and the quarters beckon according to our readers of whom none said that he would leave the tournament in the fourth round.
Muzza is set for an exciting run to the final, but the vibes suggest that it will be silver rather than gold when it comes down to it.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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