Mentally tough Murray to ease into second round says betting

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Opening rounds of Grand Slam tournaments very rarely provide any value for punters wishing to back the top seeds.

Andy Murray is 1/100 to beat Karol Beck when they take to the Hisense Arena at some point in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and Rafael Nadal, top seed at this year’s Australian Open, is 1/500 to beat Marcos Daniel.

Punters wishing to have a bet on Murray and his Australian Open progress would do better to look at the 8/11 for Murray to win the second quarter which includes Robin Soderling (2/1), Jo-Wilifred Tsonga (14/1) and Juan Martin del Potro (18/1).

New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet and a £25 bet on Murray winning the Australian Open would return £200.

While the top seeds offer little value for punters looking to bet on the Australian Open, a trawl through Tuesday’s matches offers plenty of betting opportunities.

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open Champion, has played just four times since last year’s Australian Open and at 3/10 to beat Israeli Dudi Sela, may be worth taking on with Sela available at 12/5 to beat del Porto.

The two most interesting ties in the men’s first round betting come in the form of Juan Ignacio Chela vs Michael Llodra and Andreas Seppi vs Arnaud Clement.

Clement is yet to beat Seppi in three attempts and the fourth attempt sees Seppi at 8/15 to beat Clement and the Frenchman, who has dramatically fallen down the rankings, is 11/8 to win.

Llodra, the 22nd seed in the Australian Open, could be in for a first round exit against Chela as the Argentine has won both matches the two have competed in.

At 11/10 to beat Llodra, Chela offers the value of the first round matches.

A £25 treble on Chela, Seppi and Sela winning would return £273.50. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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