Published: 11:59 25/01/2012
Andy Murray meets Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi final and 888sport will refund losing stakes on the match if it goes to five sets. Punters can get up to £50 free bets on 888sport if their player loses in the fifth set at the Australian Open.
MURRAY FACES DJOKOVIC IN AUSTRALIAN OPEN SEMI FINAL
Novak Djokovic stands in the way of Andy Murray when the pair clash in a re-run of last year’s Australian Open final. Murray must beat the defending champion in their semi final on Friday if he is to progress to a third Australian final for the chance to fulfill his dream of winning a grand slam title.
Djokovic has looked uncomfortable at times having recently recovered from injury, but won his quarter final against David Ferrer with some of the best tennis of the tournament to set up a showdown with Murray. The Serb's fitness had been severely tested by Leyton Hewitt in the previous round but the Australian succumbed to the indomitable world number one in four sets on Monday.
In contrast to the tough battles Djokovic has endured in his last two matches, Murray’s progress through the tournament has been serene. After dropping the opening set in his first round match against Ryan Harrison, the Scot has cruised to the semi final without dropping another set. Having teamed up with Ivan Lendl before the start of the Australian Open, Murray has looked more relaxed and confident than at any time in his career and is generally rated 9/2 to win his first grand slam in Melbourne at the weekend.
First, Murray must find a way past Djokovic before he can take on the victor between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the other semi final. Murray has a good record against Djokovic, winning four of their last five meetings on hard court. The one reverse came in the final of last year’s Australian Open which triggered a phenomenal season for the Serb who went unbeaten in 2011 until the semi finals of the French Open in May.
888sport will refund losing stakes on a men’s singles match if the selected player loses in the fifth set. With the world’s top four players competing against each other in the Australian Open semi finals the offer could afford punters a free bet on 888sport for Sunday’s final and the chance to recover semi losses should they lose out in a five-set thriller.
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