Australian Open winner odds: Murray recaptures old magic
Australian Open winner odds: Murray recaptures old magic

Australian Open winner odds: Murray recaptures old magic

Andy Murray is 50/1 for grand slam glory in the 2023 Australian Open winner odds ahead of his third-round clash with Roberto Bautista Agut.

The Scot, who has claimed Wimbledon and US Open triumphs in his stellar career, is a five-time finalist at Melbourne Park.

He has overcome numerous injury problems to carry on playing and is looking to roll back the clock to 2016, when reaching three major deciders.

The 35-year-old battled for nearly five hours to upset Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday in his best result since those halcyon days.

Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis served for victory at 5-3 in the third set of his second-round encounter, but Murray rallied to prevail 4-6 6-7 7-6 6-3 7-5.

At five hours and 45 minutes, it was the longest match of his whole career and didn’t finish until 4.05am Melbourne time.

“The match was obviously very up and down,” said Murray. “There was frustration and there was tension, there was excitement and all of that stuff.

“It’s obviously amazing to win the match but I also want to go to bed now. I’m like, ‘It’s great, but I want to sleep’.”

This was the 11th time Murray has fought back from two sets down to win, an open era record.

“I have done it before, I have experience of it, and I just rely on that experience and that drive and that fight,” added the former world number one.

“Add on my love of the game and competing and my respect for this event and the competition, that’s why I kept going.”

Murray must now somehow try to recover for his clash with 40/1 shot Bautista Agut, the player he lost to in 2019 when it appeared his career was over.

Djokovic aiming for perfect 10

Novak Djokovic is 11/10 for outright success in the Australian Open betting odds prior to taking on Grigor Dimitrov in round three.

The 35-year-old Serbian superstar has secured nine of his 21 grand slam singles titles at this tournament.

Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas is the highest-ranked player remaining following the exits of Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud and can be backed at 11/2.

The Greek ace arrived in Melbourne full of confidence following an unbeaten start to the season.

He is yet to drop a set and defeated another in-form player in Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6-2 7-6 6-3.

Tsitsipas has made the semi-finals in three of the previous four years at Melbourne Park and is hoping to seize his chance of going further this time.

He said: “It’s always up to me. I believe there are no presents. You should be going after it, you should be creating those opportunities, and aiming big within yourself, sometimes surpass your own abilities.

“That is something that I enjoy. When I see myself getting beyond that, it is a very beautiful feeling.”

His first big test will come in the fourth round against Italian 15th seed Jannik Sinner, who is 11/1 to go all the way.

Sinner became the latest player to fight back from two sets down in a 4-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-0 victory over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics.

Tsitsipas and Sinner have played five times before, including in the quarter-finals here last year, when the Greek won in straight sets.

Sinner, 21, said: “I’m looking forward always for these kind of matches, knowing that he is one of the best players in the world.

“But I’ve changed a little bit for sure my game. It’s going to be hopefully a good match. We’ll see how it goes this year.”

Sebastian Korda is 9/1 after he stunned Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, 25 years after his father Petr claimed the title.

Melbourne Park has been a happy hunting ground for the family, with Sebastian winning the junior title five years ago, while his sisters Nelly and Jessica have both won the Australian Open in golf.

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