One of the great sporting events of the week has been the Australian Open.
It has already featured some of the top tennis players in the world today heading out to the hard courts of sunny Melbourne Park.
As the tournament progresses one is guaranteed thrills and spills all along the way, and no tournament would be complete without an upset or two and the odd bit of controversy. It always comes in equal measure and invariably happens, just when least expected.
Taking a look at the Men's line-up for the quarterfinals Wednesday the 28th on Sports Interaction, Canada's Milos Raonic has an interesting encounter with top seeded opponent, the Serbian Novak Djokovic. Raonic is coming off a tough 5 set match against Spain's Feliciano LÃ³pez over the weekend. Djokovic won in straight vs Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. The Canadian is a serious underdog in this matchup with odds against Raonic currently at 5-1.
Another Canadian, Vasek Pospisil, lost in straight sets to Guillermo GarcÃa-LÃ³pez of Spain in a 3rd round match. "I just didn't feel good on the court, right from the beginning. I was really struggling with my timing, with my serve, in general it was a really bad start. He came out really sharp. I didn't. I just got beat, yeah, pretty much," Pospisil said.
These games played out in the gruelling heat of Australian summertime, will be a true test of endurance as well as skill. There are plenty of things a gambler has to factor in before making their wager, they also have a grand selection of games from which to choose from as well. The weather is forecast to be a moderate 25C/78F for Wednesday's quarterfinal match.
The winner of Raonic /Djokovic looks forward to meeting either Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland or Japan's Kei Nishikori. Nishikori is slightly favored 8/11. (Every $11 wagered returns $8)
For gamblers following the tournament closely another great place to gamble is Bodog. Their ATP Tennis odds are competitive and their website is easy to navigate. For those wishing to follow the action live, then look no further than Bet365. There's a wide range of In-Play and Pre-Match markets to choose from and the game is streamed live to their website, so everything's there in one spot.
This year amongst the Women's, sees the return of 20 year old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. Tipped for future major honors, last year being relatively little known outside Canada, she reached the Semis of both the French and Australian Opens. She made the final at Wimbledon and became Canada's first ever to reach a Grand Slam Final. Eugenie's already started tongues wagging thanks to an on-court interviewer's request for her to give the crowd a twirl on the Margaret Court Arena. A Final Winner here this year? Don't bet against it! However, the 7th seeded Canadian faces the 2nd seeded Russian, Maria Sharapova Tuesday the 27th. Eugenie is a 2 to 1 underdog. Finger's crossed!
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