Apart from Roger Federer’s injured finger, which the classy Swiss refused to blame for his shock exit, most of the men’s Australian Open has gone to plan leaving us with 3 of the four expected quarter-finals.
It will be a big shock if Murray or Djokovic exit at this stage, though the other two-semis may be harder fought.
Here’s our best tennis betting tips for all four quarter-finals.
Berdych (7/4) vs Nadal (4/7)
Our ante-post aspirations lie in the hands of Tomas Berdych who needs to win his quarter-final to win his quarter (our bet @ 5/2). However, he faces a difficult task against Rafa Nadal, who I hoped would have gone out in an earlier round.
Nadal has won an amazing 18 of their 21 encounters, and the fact the Spaniard has won the last 17 head-to-heads makes you wonder whether Berdych has any chance at all.
Indeed, Nadal has won 13 of those last 17 encounters in straight sets – and that has to be the bet here at 3/1.
2 points Nadal 3-0 @ 3/1
Murray (1/6) vs Kyrigios (6/1)
After expecting to have had to knock Roger Federer out for a place in the semi-finals, Andy Murray must be cock-a-hoop at having to face only the world number 53 instead. 19-year-old Australian Kyrgios is definitely a star of the future, but Murray should have too many guns for him at this stage of his career unless the Australian crowd can lift Kyrgios to a new level.
Murray won their only head-to-head 6-2 6-2, also on a hard court, and even-money looks a fair price for him to take this 3-0.
4 points Andy Murray 3-0 @ even-money
Djokvic (1/7) vs Raonic (13/2)
24-year-old Canadian Raonic has certainly improved in the last 12 months, but this is a clash of the world’s biggest servers versus the world’s best returner. In their three career matches so far the Djokovic’s has won each time, twice to nil, and conceding one set on the other occasion. It’s evens for Djokovic to win 3-0 and 29/10 for Djokovic to win 3-1, so with the chance Raonic will pinch a set the latter has to be the value.
2 points Djokovic 3-1 @ 29/10
Wawrinka (15/13) vs Nishikori (10/11)
The final quarter-final looks to be the toughest on paper, with the winner most likely to get to play Djokovic in the final. Head-to-heads are 2-1 in Wawrinka’s favour but Nishikori won their last encounter in an epic 5-setter in last year’s US Open quarter-final.
It really is a tough call, and I’m happy to play 3-2 for both players in the hope they produce another thriller.
1 point Wawrinka 3-2 @ 11/2
1 point Nishikori 3-2 @ 6/1