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Murray makes it to third round with Djokovic aiming to join him

| 21.01.2015

Title chance Andy Murray (7/1) is through to the third round of the Australian Open, after an easy win over home hope Marinko Matosevic, losing just six games. The Scot will now next face Joao Sousa, and joins the likes of Rafael Nadal (8/1) and Roger Federer (5/1) at that stage.

Top seed and odds-on 10/11 favourite Novak Djokovic now has the chance to reach the third round too, and he plays young Russian Andrey Kuznetsov next. The Serb is predictably heavily favoured for victory, and is priced at 1/100 to do so. Four-time Australian Open champion Djokovic is a more enticing 1/6 chance to win 3-0.

Elsewhere, defending champion Stan Wawrinka (12/1) tackles young Romanian qualifier Marius Copil, who is playing in his first ever main draw Grand Slam event. The Swiss number two is odds-on at 1/33 for victory and a 3/1 shout for a 3-1 scoreline.

Rising stars in the game Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic are also in action in the second round on day four, and they face potentially difficult respective battles against Ivan Dodig and Donald Young, who have both reached the third round here before.

Last year’s US Open runner-up Nishikori (14/1 tournament chance) is 1/16 for victory against his Croatian opponent, and 11/4 to beat him 3-1. Canada’s Raonic (33/1), who reached the semis at Wimbledon in 2014, meanwhile, is the same price in both markets against American Young.

Other stars in action from the men’s draw include French trio Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet, David Ferrer and home hope veteran Lleyton Hewitt.

In the women’s section, Serena Williams plays fellow thirty-something Vera Zvonareva, who is a former world number two and semi-finals here twice. The Russian is now outside the top 200 in the rankings, but is a tempting 7/1 chance top overcome the American great.

Five-time champion Williams (5/2 favourite), though, is odds-on at 1/16 for victory, and 7/2 to do so in three sets.

Eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki (slight 4/6 favourite) also has a tricky test against double Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka (11/10), who is now down to number 44 in the rankings.

Australian Samantha Stoser and Petra Kvitova are also in action.

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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.