Thu, Jan 4, 10:57am by Head Editor
Before Australia’s number one ranked player Nick Kyrgios took the court against Matt Ebden at the Brisbane International on Wednesday, a bet of $40,000 was placed on the Canberra-native to become the first Australian to win his home open since Mark Edmonson in 1976.
The bet was placed through online bookmaker Sportsbet and saw the 22-year-old’s odds come in from $21 to $17 as a result. The customer stands to win $800,000 if the enigmatic Kyrgios can salute at Rod Laver Arena on January 28.
Sportsbet’s Christian Jantzen said “this bet totally took us by surprise. Kyrgios has the weapons to win a Grand Slam, but that’s about it really. Best of luck to the punter…..I think they’ll need it.”
The World No.20 dropped the first set to his compatriot, the World No.76, Matt Ebden, in a tie-breaker, but bounced back to win the second set in another tie-breaker, before closing it out 6-2 in the third.
A quarter-final contest against Alexander Dolgopolov awaits the Aussie on Friday morning, where he is a $1.51 favourite to move through to the last four of a tournament he hasn’t played at since 2014.
Kyrgios is on the eighth line of betting, behind the familiar names of Roger Federer ($3.25) and Rafael Nadal ($4.50) who of course met in last year’s decider. The latter has drifted slightly after it was revealed he is battling a knee injury.
Andy Murray withdrew from his Round of 16 Brisbane International match against American Ryan Harrison on Thursday due to a chronic hip injury that is threatening his participation in the Australian Open.
Murray is at $11 to win the year’s first Grand Slam, behind Novak Djokovic ($6) and young German Alexander Zverev ($10), who is tipped to have a big 2018 after finishing 2017 at the World’s fourth ranked player.
Sportsbet Markets – Men’s Australian Open Champion
Roger Federer $3.25
Rafael Nadal $4.50
Novak Djokovic $6
Alexander Zverev $10
Andy Murray $11
Grigor Dimitrov $11
Juan Martin Del Potro $15
Nick Kyrgios $17
David Goffin $26
Stan Wawrinka $26
Marin Cilic $31
Dominic Thiem $34
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