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Tennis Betting: Murray to face wild card in Qatar Open
By Andrew Scott Friday, 3 January 2014 02:15
Murray’s campaign opens against local wild card player Mousa Zayed, who is ranked 2,099 in the world, and pay per head sportsbooks believe that the player is not expected to cause too many problems for Murray when they face each other on Tuesday.
Price per head services saw that the 26-year-old Scot did not play on Tour since losing his US Open quarter-final to Stanislas Wawrinka, although the following week he did represent Great Britain in their Davis Cup battle against Croatia.
Pay per head sportsbooks know that it has already been five years since Murray played in Doha – previously deciding to warm up for the Australian Open in Brisbane.
The world No 4, who’s a favourite in the tournament with many tennis betting fans and pay per head sportsbooks alike, and who makes great tennis odds, missed last season’s final a few months after deciding to receive back surgery, and it is still not certain whether the player will turn up in Melbourne next month for the year’s first Grand Slam.
Tennis betting fans learned that the Scot, who during the past few days already played several exhibition games, said: “I just need more matches because the intensity’s a lot higher than in practice.
“It’s been a perfect start (to my comeback) and hopefully I’ll get better.”
In Qatar, the top seed is Rafael Nadal – world No 1 and reigning US and French Open champion – who will first take on Lukas Rosol. Pay per head sportsbooks can’t wait to see what will happen in this match, and will closely follow the tennis odds all along.
Tennis betting fans saw that in 2012, the Czech created one of the sport’s biggest upsets of when he defeated Nadal in Wimbledon’s second round.
The Scot is in the same half of the draw as David Ferrer, who is seeded second and starts against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.
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And if Murray makes it to the last eight, he could take on the No 8 seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.