Oh, yes, things are really heating up in anticipation of the Australian Open – especially in the wild world of sports betting. Most of us Statesiders don’t participate in the cash transactions, but it’s still telling that the bookmakers abroad have made Murray the favorite for the title.
This from OLBG Sports:
Murray successfully defended his Qatar Open crown recently and is all set to take on the best in the Australian Open. Murray is the 5/2 favourite with Stan James, Coral and Paddy Power and this marks his immense improvement over the 12 months. Murray’s best performance in the Australian Open came in 2007 when he reached the fourth round. William Hill offer 4/1 that Murray finishes as runner up and Boylesports go 5/1 that he is eliminated in the semi final.
Roger Federer is second favourite to win the Australian Open and can be backed at 3/1 with Boylesports whilst Rafael Nadal is 9/2 with Totesport and Blue Square. Last year’s Australian Open winner, Novak Djokovic, is 7/1 with VC Bet to retain his title.
Murrays only third favorite to win Wimbledon according to the odds set on popular betting sites – Roger and Rafa still have the edge in that one.
Roger’s take? Predictably nonplussed: “Being favourite doesn’t help him (Murray) a whole lot. I’ve been in that position before and didn’t make it.”
Yeah, Roger, except for that short period between 2003 and 2007, when you won everything in sight and it was impossible to make any money betting on you.
(Personally, I love Roger’s testy demeanor – it shows us all that he still cares. Fed fans should rue the day he says something like “It’s Murray’s planet. The rest of us just play on it,” or whatever.)
But all this betting talk really makes me wonder – who would I risk my last twenty bucks on? Those insider predictions touting Tsonga or Gulbis stop sounding so clever when there’s hard-earned cash on the line.
I’d put it on Murray.
How about you?