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Nic Ladds 1st Jan 2009 - 14:59

'09 looking just fine for Murray

Andy Murray put in a simply stunning performance in the Capitala Championship and moves into the semi-final where he is 11/10 to beat Roger Federer.

Murray entered his first round match against world number ten James Blake expecting a hard game.

The American however put in a dismal performance and folded early on.

Murray repeatedly broke Blake's serve and capitalised on any errors Blake dared to make coming out the 6-2 6-2 victor in what seemed like minutes

He comes up against much stiffer opposition in the form of world number two Roger Federer who is 8/11 favourite despite having a poor record against the Scot.

The Swiss ace and Murray collided on no fewer than four occasions in 2008 with the Scotsman prevailing on three of those four occasions.

Federer however recorded his victory over Murray in the final of the US Open to deny the Scot his first Grand Slam win.

Federer was complaining of being tired at the end of last season so it will be interesting to see in what kind of condition and mindset he returns with this season. Having lost the world number one spot to Rafael Nadal, Federer will need to draw on all his experience and skill to get that spot back this season.

One thing for sure is that it is likely to be close and the 2-1 in set victory is priced up at 11/4 for both players. A Federer 2-0 win is 2/1 and a Murray 2-0 win 11/4.

Murray is improving all the time and his beatings of Federer last season will give him the belief and confidence to repeat feat once again and really get off to a flying start.

The winner of this game will face the winner or Rafael Nadal and Nikolay Davydenko after the Russian sailed passed Andy Roddick 6-4 6-4.

He faces a tough task against the Spanish world number one though and Davydenko is priced up at 13/8 to shock the 1/2 favourite Nadal.

Whoever wins it will set up a fantastic final four of the best players in the world gearing up to get their season off to a flying start.

This tournament is great preparation for the Australian Open so whoever wins this should be watched for in the betting for the Aussie Grand Slam.

Recommendation:
Andy Murray to win 2-1 - 11/4

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