We’re down to the last eight in Melbourne as both the men’s and women’s draws of the Australian Open reach the quarter-final stage.
Pre-tournament favourite and Novak Djokovic remains in the competition, as does Andy Murray in his first major tournament since an operation on his back.
Tuesday Men’s Betting Odds
Defending champion Djokovic takes on Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in the second of the quarter-finals on Tuesday morning.
The Serb has not yet dropped a set in any of his first four matches and has lived up to his pre-tournament odds in the outright betting, remaining 3/4 favourite with Sportingbet.
He takes on number eight seed Wawrinka who has only completed two matches so far, with his first round opponent Andrey Golubev retiring in the second set before receiving a bye through the first round after Vasek Pospisil pulled out of the tournament.
He defeated 17th seed Tommy Robredo in straight sets in the last 16 but is priced at long odds to beat Djokovic, Boylesports providing the best value at 15/2. Paddy Power provide the best value on a Djokovic win at a short 1/10. The match is live on British Eurosport 1 from 8am.
That quarter is preceded by Tomas Berdych’s clash with third seed David Ferrer. Berdych hasn’t dropped a set in the tournament yet but will have to be on the top of his game if he’s to beat Ferrer who reached the semi-finals here last year.
Despite his lower ranking, Berdych is in fact 4/6 favourite with Paddy Power, but I think there’s value in a Ferrer win. He’s my BET OF THE DAY with Bet Victor at 11/8. This match is live on British Eurosport from 3:30am.
Wednesday Men’s Betting Odds
Andy Murray faces a tricky challenge on Wednesday if he’s to make it through to the semi-finals as he takes on four-times Australian Open winner Roger Federer.
Murray made it past Frenchman Stephane Robert in the last 16 with relative ease and has looked to deal with the Melbourne heat with comfortable wins in his previous three matches.
Federer meanwhile eased his way past tenth seed Joe-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets on Monday morning and will be a tough test for Murray.
In the final of the quarter-finals, Rafael Nadal faces a simple enough looking match against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who has really impressed last week, including a 3-1 win over 11th seed Milos Raonic.
Nadal should still make it through and he’s priced as big 1/14 favourite with Bet 365, with Sportingbet providing the best odds on a Dimitrov win at 10/1. Nadal is also available at 5/2 with William Hill as men’s outright winner.
The women’s draw has been blown wide open with the shock departures of favourite Serena Williams, and third seed Maria Sharapova in their respective fourth round matches.
Second seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka is now favourite to take the title for a third year in a row, Bwin providing the best value of 6/5.
Ana Ivanovic was the woman who knocked out favourite Williams and she faces Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in Tuesday’s second quarter-final.
Ivanovic is 4/11 favourite with Bet Victor to win this encounter with the same website offering the best price on a Bouchard win at 23/10. This match is live on British Europsort 1 from around 1:30am.
On before is the first women’s quarter-final between Li Na and Italian Flavia Pennetta. Na is 11/4 second favourite with Coral in the tournament outright betting and is 1/4 favourite with Paddy Power to beat Pennetta. This game is live from midnight Tuesday on British Eurosport 1.
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