Andy Murray Favourite for Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam

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The Australian Tennis Open Championship begins next week in Melbourne which is the first tennis Grand Slam of the year. For British tennis fans it could be the most exciting tournament ever with Scot, Andy Murray favourite to win it with Bet365 at 9/4.

The Australian Tennis Open Championship begins next week in Melbourne which is the first tennis Grand Slam of the year. For British tennis fans it could be the most exciting tournament ever with Scot, Andy Murray favourite to win it with Bet365 at 9/4. It is the first time since the mid 1930's that the British have had a men's favourite for a Grand Slam tennis tournament, and could also be the first time Britain has had a winner of one since Fred Perry won Wimbledon, more than 70 years ago.

Murray comes into the tournament playing some of the best tennis ever seen from a British player and so far he has been unbeaten in 2009, winning both tournaments he has played in and with only one service break lost and rightly deserves to be at the head of the Australian Open Tennis Betting.

In the Capitala World Championship at the start of the New Year, Murray won and in the process defeated, world number one, Rafael Nadal (7/2) and world number two, Roger Federer (5/2), in the semi final and final respectively. The he followed that up with a successful defence in the Qatar Open, where once again he got the better of Federer in the semi final and then trounced top American, Andy Roddick (40/1) in the final. Murray has now won five of his last six matches against Federer and must have the psychological advantage over the twelve time Grand Slam winner. Andy Murray has also won his last two matches against Nadal on surfaces similar to those at the Australian Open and must be confident that he could do so again with all the UK Online Bookmakers offering free bets on the tournament.

Possibly the major threat to Murray outside that posed by Nadal and Federer, comes from reigning champion, Novak Djokovic (11/2). He won the end of season Masters Cup in Shanghai in November, thus ending 2008 as he started with a big win. The Masters is unofficially regarded as the fifth Grand Slam!

These four players are clearly the ones to beat this year, but lively outsiders and we think an interesting Australian Open Tennis Tip would be runner up from last year, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (14/1) from France, he has an outstanding hard court game and won the Paris Masters in October having only just returned from long term injury, which kept him out of Wimbledon and the US Open.

A second Frenchman, Gilles Simon (40/1) is another who has consistently upset big names in re4cent events, particularly Federer, who beat twice last season. Simon has risen rapidly up to number six in the rankings and has to be respected.

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