Australian Open could pit Murray against Djokovic in final
Andy Murray could well meet world number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open, should both progress from the semis. All the action can be seen on Coral’s live stream for customers.
The Scot is odds-on at 8/13 to beat Tomas Berdych; however, the 29-year-old Czech has a 6-4 winning record over Murray, and beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals.
Despite being the match favourite, Murray says it is actually his opponent, due to him being helped by his ex-coach Dani Vallverdu .
“Dani knows my game inside out. I would expect he would come up with a great game plan,” said the 27-year-old. “It should be perfect with how much time I’ve spent with Dani. He knows my game probably better than anyone.”
“I think it’s a huge advantage. With the way Tomas has been playing, I would expect that he would go into the match probably as the slight favourite.”
Murray beat home favourite Nick Kyrgios last time out in straight sets, with the second going to a tie-break. There are odds of 2/1 available for this to happen against Berdych.
In the other semi-final, 27-year-old Djokovic is heavily odds-on at 1/5 to get past Stan Wawrinka, who won the tournament last year.
The Swiss star claims he is playing better than 2014, and self-belief will clearly be key if he is to retain his trophy.
“I think I’m playing better [than last year],” Wawrinka said. “But I think we all improve every year. I’m more aggressive. I’m more confident with my game when I come to the net.
His biggest chance of winning is to do it in straight sets, be relentless from the start and not give Djokovic anything. Although he is 7/2 to win, a clean sweep is priced at 14/1 in Wawrinka’s favour, with 9/4 offered on him winning the first set.