Murray vs. Nadal Highlights Quarterfinals in Australian Open Betting

December 2nd, 2010 Tennis

Australian Open betting begins the second week as the best players in the world try and win the first Grand Slam event of the year.

On the men’s side, one of the most popular matches for those making an Australian Open bet will be the quarterfinal match between Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.

Australian Open betting has Nadal as the defending champ but Murray is actually a very slight favorite.  It is the first time that Murray has reached the quarterfinals in Australian Open betting. To advance into the semifinals he will have to get by last year’s winner, Nadal.  Australian Open bet stats show that things have not gone smoothly for Nadal recently as he has lost 10 of his last 11 matches against top 10 players. "The numbers are the numbers," said Nadal. "So it is probably not the best moment in my career against the top 10, no?"

Last season, when Nadal won in Australian Open betting over Federer, he was playing great tennis. That is not the case this time in Australian Open bet action.  Nadal had injuries late last season and many who make an Australian Open bet do not believe he is all the way back yet. Murray is not convinced that Nadal is simply going to roll over and lose. "If he is physically fit, and he seems to be, it’s going to be an incredibly tough match. I’m not going to say that he is looking vulnerable," said Murray.

Murray is coming off a nice Australian Open betting win over John Isner, winning 7-6, 6-3, 6-2.  Murray has reached at least the quarterfinals in each of the last three Grand Slam events.  He has not done well against Nadal in his career though, losing seven of the previous nine matches. Nadal believes Murray will present a tough challenge in the quarterfinals. "Playing Andy is one of the toughest matches you can have on the circuit. To beat him you have to be able to fight at every single moment and then see what happens," Nadal said. "He can play every single shot well. He serves very well. He can play defense, he can attack, he has good hands.” Nadal was solid in his Australian Open betting win against Ivo Karlovic to reach the quarterfinals. The other quarterfinal on that side of the Australian Open betting draw has Andy Roddick matched up against Marin Cilic. 

One half of the women’s quarterfinals are set as Justine Henin will face Nadia Petrova in Australian Open betting while Jie Zheng plays Maria Kirilenko.

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