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Craig Porter 26th Jan 2010 - 12:10

Murray backers get paid as Nadal withdraws

Andy Murray is in the semi-finals of the Australian Open after defending champion Rafael Nadal was forced to retire through injury.

Murray was two sets in the lead, needing just three more games to win the match. As he was so close to winning we're paying out as a win for Murray in our Match Betting and Match Betting Live markets and returning stakes on Nadal, contrary to our normal rules which state that bets would be void if the match is not completed.

The Scot had his serve broken in the first set by a very determined looking Nadal but broke straight back and went on to win the first set 6-3. The second set went to a tie-break which Murray comfortably won. Rafa received medical treatment in the third set and despite the Spaniard trying to carry on, his knees would not let him and he retired 3-0 down in the third.

Despite not completing the game Murray has still not dropped a set all tournament and can be backed at 14/1 to win the Australian Open without losing a set.

He's now ben cut to 6/4 favourite to win the tournament.

"Murraymania is beginning to kick in and we are looking at a hefty six figure payout should he break his Slam-duck in this event," said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

We have already slashed Murray's odds from 4/1 to 2/1 clear favourite for the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. First things first though, Murray is now 2/7 favourite to win his next match against Cilic, offered at 5/2, and get one step closer to his first Grand Slam title. You can bet in-play on this match and watch live on your PC with William Hill TV (subscription required - read more).

There are a range of special bets available including how far he will get in the Australian Open, and Wimbledon for that matter? Will be number one in 2010? How many Grand Slams will he win this year?


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