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Bet on Andy Murray breezing past Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

| 21.01.2011

It’s been an easy ride for Andy Murray in the Australian Open so far, and while the Australian Open betting odds suggest his third round match should be a breeze, a certain Spaniard may have something to say about it.

World number 32 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is as big as 15/2 to defeat Andy Murray when they meet on the Rod Laver Arena at around 1.00am on Friday morning, and Murray has fallen to opponents outside of the top ten in 11 of his 20 Grand Slam appearances.

But Illya Marchenko was no match for the Scot in the second round as Murray waltzed past the Ukranian, and Britain’s number one hope is looking strong as he marches towards his first round title.

At 8/1 to win the Australian Open, Murray offers plenty of value to win a tournament that is dominated in the betting market by Roger Federer (7/4) and Rafael Nadal (6/4), and new customers can sign up here for a free tennis bet worth £25.

At 1/20 to beat Garcia-Lopez, the Australian Open odds would suggest that Murray would have no problems beating the Spaniard and on the basis of their only meeting, the Australian Open betting would be right.

At Queens in 2009, Murray sauntered past Garcia-Lopez, winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, and a repeat of a straight sets victory for Murray is priced at 4/11.

Garcia-Lopez has dropped just one set so far in the tournament and comes should be high in confidence after demolishing Eduardo Schwank in the second round, but Murray’s class should be too good for the Spaniard and Murray is 1/6 to win the first set and win the match.

A £25 stake on Andy Murray winning the Australian Open would return £225. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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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.