Murray’s recent work with Ivan Lendl appears to be paying off and a fourth round clash against the unseeded Mikhail Kukushkin should pose few problems to the number four seed, who is now a 5/1 chance (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim his first Grand Slam victory.
Kukushkin will have nothing to lose and the Kazakh did beat Gael Monfils in the last round after a five set epic, although Murray is improving with every match and looks set to meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter finals.
However, Djokovic casts a rather large shadow over the top half of the draw and the world number one is looking typically devastating after conceding just ten games in the first three matches of his Australian Open campaign.
The Serbian is potentially going to improve in 2012 which is a worrying prospect for the other players on the men’s tennis circuit and the even money (William Hill free bet) about him claiming victory in a week’s time looks too good a price to pass up.
Djokovic might have won two Australian Open titles, although Roger Federer has won double that amount and this legend of tennis is performing to a high level after a comfortable fourth round win against Bernard Tomic.
The world number three is yet to drop a set although he did have a second round bye and Juan Martin Del Potro lies in wait for a place in the semi-final. Federer can be backed at odds of 4/1 (Ladbrokes) to go all the way and claim a 5th title at Melbourne Park.
Then there is the irrepressible Rafael Nadal, who was very much the top dog twelve months ago before Djokovic started his season of dominance. The Spaniard is scheduled to play Federer in what should be a thrilling semi-final encounter between two legends of the game and perhaps odds of 6/1 about the world number two will prove to be too big.
Nadal has also yet to drop a set and was fairly comfortable when beating Feliciano Lopez in straight sets, although Tomáš Berdych will surely test his mettle in their forthcoming quarter-final.