Rather predictably, Andy Murray defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov in four sets in the early hours of Wednesday morning to secure his place in the Australian Open semi-finals.
With a semi-final with David Ferrer on the cards, Murray has seen plenty of confidence shift his way and is now 7/4 from 9/2 in the Australian Open winners betting market.
With Nadal out, Murray is odds-on to make the final and a £25 stake on Murray winning in Melbourne would return £68.75 and new customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.
Nadal’s loss has had a huge impact on the Australian Open betting and David Ferrer is now 12/1 to win the Australian Open but is still the outsider.
The betting market had been unable to split Novak Djokovic (4/1) and Murray throughout the tournament, but Murray now looks the better value at 7/4 because of his easier semi-final line-up.
Djokovic struggles to beat Roger Federer and despite the Serb’s incredible form, Federer looked back to his imperious best in his straight sets win over Stanislas Wawrinka.
Federer is 6/5 to win the Australian Open and following Nadal’s exit, all eyes are on the world number two to see if he can retain his Australian Open title.
Nadal would have become only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, but in the end the fitness concerns rang true and Nadal misses out on the opportunity to rewrite history.
Fans of the British number one will be upbeat about his chances now he faces Ferrer and the Scot’s current form suggests he should have no problem in reaching the final.
But Federer and Djokovic are the two in-form stars in men’s tennis and Murray faces a tough fight to win his maiden Grand Slam title.
A £25 stake on Andy Murray winning the Australian Open would return £68.75. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.