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Australian Open: Djokovic aiming to join magestic Murray in semis

| 27.01.2015

Andy Murray (5/2 tournament chance) is through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open, after a straight sets victory over young home hope Nick Kyrgios, and he next faces Tomas Berdych (8/1), who defeated returning-from-injury Rafael Nadal.

Title favourite Novak Djokovic (odds-on at 8/11), meanwhile, has a far harder path to the final, as he has to beat rising star Milos Raonic (25/1) in the quarters before facing the winner of defending champion Stan Wawrinka (14/1) and last year’s US Open finalist Kei Nishikori (12/1) in the last four.

In the women’s draw, meanwhile, there is a strong possibility that Williams sisters Serena (6/4 title chance) and Venus (12/1) could meet in a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon in 2009, if they beat their respective opponents Dominika Cibulkova and Madison Keys (both 14/1).

Stan Wawrinka v Kei Nishikori
Swiss number two and defending Australian Open champion Wawrinka (11/10 for victory) has gone about his business quietly in this tournament, dropping just one set, and has the chance to perhaps cause another shock. He is up next rising Japanese star Nishikori, who is the slight odds-on favourite at 8/11, for only the fourth time.

Their last meeting was at the US Open in 2014, with Nishikori winning in five sets, and he is a 5/1 chance to beat him 3-2 again.

Novak Djokovic v Milos Raonic
Four-time champion Djokovic (odds-on 1/8 favourite) will need to wary of his upcoming opponent, with other top seeds Nadal and Roger Federer already suffering shock defeats. Big-serving Canadian Raonic (5/1 chance) will be no pushover either, having reached the semis of Wimbledon last year, despite his poor record against the world number one Serb.

Djokovic has won all four of their meetings including both best of-five matches without dropping a set, and he is odds-on at 5/6 for another 3-0 victory.

Madison Keys v Venus Williams
Williams, 34, had reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2010, after defeating Polish number six seed Agnieszka Radwanska, and next faces compatriot and teenage sensation Keys, who is just under half her age.

The duo have met just once before, with 2003 finalist here Williams the victory in straight sets. She is the slight odds-on favourite at 4/6 to win again, and 13/8 to do so 2-0. Keys, meanwhile, is 6/5 to reach her first Grand Slam semi.

Serena Williams v Dominika Cibulkova
Women’s top seed Serena is a more clear cut odds-on 1/5 chance to win her battle against Slovakian Cibulkova (7/2), who is bidding to reach her second successive final here.

This duo have met four times before, with Williams triumphing in all of them. The American is 11/4 to come through this test in three sets.

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Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.