Well it’s a Spaniard in the semi-final, but it’s not the Spaniard Andy Murray was preparing to face and Britain is expecting Murray to cruise into the final.
David Ferrer’s shock demolition job on Rafa Nadal has left expectations at an all-time high for the British number one, and Murray is as short as 2/7 in the Australian Open betting to progress to the final.
Ferrer was impressive against Nadal in his quarter-final, but Nadal’s injury troubles question just how impressive the win was and Ferrer is available at 5/2 to shock the tennis world once again and advance past Murray to the final.
2/7 for Murray to win may seem a little short but Murray has won both hard court matches against Ferrer, and while Ferrer has beaten the Scot three times to Murray’s two, all of the Spaniards wins have come on clay.
Only Alexandr Dolgopolov, the fastest rising star in men’s tennis, has managed to take a set off Andy Murray in this tournament as the Scot cruises through the rounds, but semi-finals bring extra pressure and expectancy and the 13/8 for there to be exactly four sets is worth taking.
Murray is 5/2 to win the match 3-1 and 8/15 to win the first set and win the match.
Three of the 11 sets between the two have gone twelve games or further, and with four sets expected, the 5/4 for the total games to total over 40.5 looks excellent value.
Murray has 50 aces to his name in this tournament compared to Ferrer’s 28, and Murray is the 1/6 favourite to serve the most aces and the 8/11 for over 12.5 aces in the match also looks worth taking.
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