Over £250,000 turned over in play as Djokovic beats Murray

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FRIDAY’S SEMI-FINAL of the Australian Open between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal saw the biggest betting-in-play turnover of the tournament, according to Ladbrokes.

The firm saw £250,000 turnover in in-play bets during the dramatic semi-final which saw the UK grind to a halt in support of Murray.

After taking the first set Murray produced some majestic tennis to pull it back and take the lead, however the firm was cheering on Djokovic as he saved them from refunding punters £500,000 on losing outright single bets should Murray have gone on and done the business, winning his first grand slam in Melbourne.

Murray’s failure to make it to the final sees his odds trimmed to 6/4 to win a major during 2012 and it’s 11/8 that the Scot never wins a major.

The final sees Djokovic and Rafael Nadal take to the court on Sunday and it’s the world number one who leads the betting at 4/6 to take home his third Australian Open title with Nadal the outsider at 11/10.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “In-play betting was through the roof. All workers in the UK ground to a halt to watch Murray come so far yet so close once again.”

She added: “Murray’s looking good and we’ve had to trim his chance of picking up a major this year. We expect punters to rally round Nadal for the final.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Australian Open winner
Novak Djokovic 4/6
Rafael Nadal 11/10

Andy Murray to win a tennis major during 2012 6/4
Andy Murray never to win a major before 2020 – 11/8

Ante-post markets

French Open 2012 Winner
R Nadal -Evens
N Djokovic – 7/4
J M del Potro – 8/1
R Federer – 10/1
A Murray – 14/1
D Ferrer – 33/1
R Soderling – 40/1
bar 50/1

Wimbledon 2012 Winner
N Djokovic – 2/1
R Nadal – 5/2
R Federer – 3/1
A Murray – 5/1
J M del Potro – 16/1
J-W Tsonga – 25/1
B Tomic – 33/1
R Soderling – 50/1
bar 66/1

US Open 2012 Winner
N Djokovic – 7/4
R Nadal – 3/1
R Federer – 4/1
A Murray – 5/1
J M del Potro – 10/1
J-W Tsonga – 25/1
R Soderling – 33/1
T Berdych – 50/1
bar 66/1

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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.