Andy Murray started the Australian Open (16th – 29th Jan) seeded number one for the first time.
He hasn’t won the competition before, and the fact he has lost in the final five times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016) will ensure he is determined to add the first Grand Slam of 2017 to his collection.
His path to doing so has been made easier easier with Novak Djokovic having been knocked out of the tournament. He won the tournament the previous two years (in both instances beating Murray), and holds six Australian Open wins in total. However, he lost to wildcard Denis Istomin in the second round. Fans will be concerned that he is showing signs of possible burnout, a lack of motivation and prioritising his life outside of tennis.
There will be some old faces too, trying to cause an upset. Roger Federer returns for his first tournament since Wimbledon, pleasing many tennis fans. His low seeding of 17 will mean he will have a tougher path through to the final should he progress. His first difficult match will be against Tomas Berdych in the third round.
Former winner Rafael Nadal is seeded number nine, and will also want to win, what many may perceive to be one of his last chances to win a Grand Slam. He has shaken off a wrist injury which has plagued his recent tournaments including Wimbledon and the ATP World Tour Finals, and is looking to regain confidence and restore his world ranking status.
Outsider Dan Evans, British number three remains an outsider at odds of 150.00 but has surprised many progressing to the fourth round, beating Sam Querrey. It’s the furthest progress he has made in a Grand Slam.
Where to watch the Australian Open live on TV
For those in the UK, you can pretty much forget about going to bed. Coverage starts at around 1:30am each day, and runs throughout the night. Early birds will get to see a match early in the morning. All matches are broadcast on Eurosport.
Bet 365 have the games live to stream too.
Australian Open Betting Odds
With Novak Djokovic being knocked out in the second round, bookmakers now fancy Murray to win. Odds correct as of 20th Jan. Here is the top ten for the outright winner of the Australian Open.
- Murray – 1.80
- Raonic – 7.00
- Wawrinka – 7.50
- Nadal – 11.00
- Dimitrov – 17.00
- Federer – 19.00
- Nishikori – 26.00
- Zverev – 41.00
- Tsonga – 41.00
Australian Open Betting Offers
There are loads of offers available for the Australian offer.
- Boylesports – Money back if the match goes to a 5th set. Applies to all games, and there is a maximum of £25 that bet will be awarded.
- 10Bet – Similar to Boylesports, 10Bet have money back if the match goes to a 5th set. Slight difference, in that the maximum awarded bonus is £20.
- Paddy Power – If your player goes two sets up, then Paddy Power will pay you out as a winner. This is kind of similar to the above two offers, in the sense that if your player goes two sets up, but loses the match, it would have gone to five sets. The Paddy Power offer is strong through because your winnings are paid as cash, and there is no limit on that.
- Bet Victor – Place a £10 Australian Open multiple with at least three selections, and Bet Victor will give you a free £5 in-play multiple bet.
- Accumulators (Various) – There are a few bookmakers who offer bonuses on tennis accumulators. All the details can be found here.