As expected, Andy Murray breezed through to the second round of the Australian Open and he will be happy with the draw he has been handed as he takes on Joao Sousa in what should be another routine victory.
These Grand Slam tournaments are all about being in form and conserving your energy for the latter stages and Murray looked very good in his straight sets win in the opening round.
He dropped just seven games in total, so will head into this encounter in the early hours of Thursday morning full of confidence.
Betting on tennis number one might not be popular as he is the red-hot favourite for this one at 1/200 with Betfred, it isn’t really worth it. If he didn’t win, it would be one of the biggest shocks Grand Slam tennis has seen for a while.
Of course, he cannot be complacent, but a solid performance in first or second gear should be enough for a comfortable match for the Scotsman.
Sousa is currently ranked 100 on the men’s singles circuit, so he knows he faces a monumental task against one of the best players in the world here.
The pressure is off the Portuguese though and as nothing is expected of him, he can come and attack Murray from the word go.
If you do fancy a bet on the underdog, then you can get odds of 40/1 with Paddy Power that he will make it through to the third round. He just has to hope that he plays the best tennis of his life and Andy Murray plays the worst – something that isn’t likely to happen as the favourite is in fine form right now and determined for success.
For extra value on you bets, head into the correct score market as the expected straight sets victory for Murray is at 1/6 with Stan James.
The Briton is then at 39/4 with BWIN to win 3-1 and 40/1 to win 3-2.
A 3-2 victory for Sousa is then at 150/1 with BetVictor.
The first set correct score is a good market to bet on though in these opening stages and it might be worth backing Murray getting off to a flyer and winning the first set 6-0 as it is available at 16/1 with William Hill.
With Andy Murray in action, you are sure to see some cracking tennis here, even if it might prove to be a stroll in the park for him.
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