2010 Australian Open Quarterfinals: Murray vs Nadal Betting Odds: The world's number two and number four ranked men's singles players will meet this evening at the Rod Laver Arena in Australian Open Quarterfinals. Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, who has yet to drop at set in Melbourne, are scheduled to hit the court at 3:30am ET on Tuesday morning. Murray vs Nadal Betting Odds at online sportsbook BetUS.com have the Scotsman Murray listed as a slight -135 moneyline favorite.
Andy Murray, who is vying for his first Grand Slam title, reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne for the first time in his career by beating American John Isner in straight sets 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 over the weekend. Murray overcame Isner's power game by winning 83 percent of the time on his own first serve. The 22 year old Dunblane native also had just eight unforced errors compared to Isner's 41.
Murray, who has dropped all four of his Aussie opponents in straight sets, will, obviously, be facing his biggest challenge of the tournament tomorrow morning. Still, he expressed confidence in his ability to overcome the Spaniard.
"I know my match against Rafa is going to be difficult," Murray said. "But I think I can win, so…[I] just need to make sure I play my best."
Rafael Nadal's quest for a seventh Grand Slam championship and his second consecutive Australian Open title continued after he defeated Croatian Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday. Nadal survived, despite 22 aces and 55 winners from the 6'10" Karlovic, largely due to his mistake free play. The 23 year old committed just 15 unforced errors while Karlovic unwillingly executed 42.
Tomorrow will mark the tenth meeting between Murray and Nadal. Rafa has gotten the better of things thus far, winning seven of their first nine matches, which included a five set battle at the 2007 Australian Open. Murray's two wins over Nadal came at the U.S. Open in 2008 and at Rotterdam in 2009.
Despite his success versus Murray in the past, Nadal indicated he is taking nothing for granted against the capable Brit.
"He's one of the most talented players on tour," Nadal said. "He can play offensive, he can play defensive [and] he can do a lot of things during [the] same match…I have to play my best tennis."
Andy Murray -1.5 (-105), Over 40.5 (-125), -135 (Moneyline)
Rafael Nadal +1.5 (-135), Under 40.5 (-115), -105 (Moneyline)
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