Murray second favourite for Australian Open behind Djokovic

David Cox in Tennis Offers 7 Jan 2013
Murray is hoping to reach his third Australian Open final (credit: Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Andy Murray has been rated as second favourite for the Australian Open behind defending champion Novak Djokovic.


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Coral are offering 9/4 on Murray winning his first Australian Open title, placing the Brit as second favourite behind world number one and three time champion Djokovic who is 6/5 to defend his title.

Murray has twice made the final in Melbourne, losing to Roger Federer in 2010 and Djokovic a year later. And the Serb thwarted his ambitions once more in last year's semi-finals when Djokovic outlasted him in a five hour five set classic.

But in the past six months,the British star has grown under new coach Ivan Lendl - winning the US Open, Olympic gold and becoming the first British male in 76 years to reach the Wimbledon final. He's now more than just a contender, he's a champion.

It's still slightly surprising to see him placed as favourite over four time champion Federer who's 9/2 to win a fifth title this year. However Federer has performed best on clay and grass in the past couple of years with his hard court displays becoming increasingly inconsistent. He was well beaten by Tomas Berdych in the US Open quarters back in September.       



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