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The serving stats that suggest you should back Andy Murray

by Paul Mallon | January 31, 2015

If you listened to Andy Murray you’d never back him, the glum but lovable git.

The Scot (15/8) faces Novak Djokovic (4/9) in the men’s final of the Australian Open at 8.30am on Sunday (GMT).

“I’ve never won against him here before [in Melbourne],” chuckled Murray.

“I’ve lost to him each time that we’ve played. I think I’ve lost to him the last four or five times we played against each other, as well.

“I’ve maybe only won one set in those matches. It would be a big turnaround.”

No huge lols there, or in our graphic which gives a glimpse of their head-to-head record.

Australian Open Final


But cheer up, Andy (a bit, anyway). Not only does your fiancee, sweary Kim Sears, think you’re fucking great, Paddy Power’s online punters are behind you too.

As of 5pm on Saturday, just over 54% of the stakes were on Murray to win his third grand slam. And those looking for a crumb of in-running value might take a peep at Murray’s first serves, in particular.

  • Andy Murray is winning 36.6 per cent of first-serve return points in Australia, compared to 34 per cent in Melbourne last year.
  • Djokovic made 80% of backhand returns against Stan Wawrinka but just 64% of forehand returns.

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