We are in the final stages of the 2011 Australian Open.
Trading wise, it’s been an interesting and profitable Grand Slam so far. At the start of the tournament on the men side I backed Djokovic on the winners market as I saw him as an in form player who does well in the majors and having won here back in 2008 can only help. After yesterday’s match against Berdych I decided to go on and hedge for a profit, as Djokovic will have a tough task getting past Federer in the first semi-final. On the other side of the men’s draw things can become more interesting. We are in the quarter final stages were Murray will be playing Dolgopolov and Ferrer will be facing Nadal. This part of the draw is where we could see Murray progress all the way to the final. Murray can take on Nadal and why not even go all the way this year and win his first major. It’s still a long way to go, but as I have stated before I don’t believe Nadal will win this tournament.
Nadal’s match against Ferrer will be important, to see how Nadal is feeling, as he did state after the last match that that virus that was affecting him in Doha isn’t an issue any more, but I doubt that. The more Ferrer manages to push Nadal the better it will be more Murray, but even if Nadal does have an easy match I still see Murray being a real threat to Nadal and even reaching the final.So, well worth placing a bet on Murray to win the AO and also winning against Nadal in the semi final in case there will be a Murray vs Nadal semi final
As for the women side I see an open contest between Na Li, Clijsters and Kvitova, with the latter being a real threat as she is an underrated player. I see Kvitova playing better and better as the season will progress and winning a few more tournaments but last year she did have a period in which she struggled to win back to back matches, but I believe that was more of a mental problem than anything else.
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