Murray in a mess as punters back him to end season trophyless

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After crashing out at the first hurdle for the third time in a row, Murray is friendless in the Grand Slam betting.

Murray is now 1/3 to win no Grand Slam tournaments this season with one win 9/4, two wins 16/1 and all three remaining Grand Slam tournaments 150/1.

As the Scot continues to search for the confidence that was lost on the Rod Laver arena when Novak Djokovic powered to a straight sets victory in the Australian Open final, punters are betting against Murray winning a major this year.

Miami was the scene for Murray’s latest setback and the qualifier Alex Bogomolov Jr. upset the Scot in straight sets meaning Murray has failed to win a set since beating David Ferrer in the Australian Open semi-final.

Murray has even been lengthened in the US Open betting and is now 5/1 fourth favourite when he was the 7/2 second-favourite before yesterday’s shock result.

Many would argue that the US Open is his best chance of a Grand Slam this season as Wimbledon will come with tremendous amounts of pressure, and his love of the hard courts is well known, but with Djokovic in such great form this year, Murray will struggle.

Djokovic continued his unbeaten start to 2011 when defeating Denis Istomin last night and up next for the world number two is James Blake.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are also in action in Miami this week and are also looking strong in what is a very competitive field, but while the two are in action on Monday, punters can find plenty of value in Sunday’s Sony Ericsson betting.

One match that offers plenty of value is Richard Gasquet’s tie with Mardy Fish and the Frenchman’s form leans towards backing him at 8/11 to win and 11/4 to win 2-1.

A £20 stake on Murray winning the US Open would return £120. New customers can sign up here for up to £60 in free bets.

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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.