Australian Open predictions: How will the Brits fare?
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Daniel Childs
Andy Murray has reached the Australian Open final on five occasions but will do well to make it past the first round this time
Andy Murray has reached the Australian Open final on five occasions but will do well to make it past the first round this time

- Andy Murray no longer has a seeding advantage and faces Matteo Berrettini first up 
- Dan Evans had a good 2022 and could make the second week in Melbourne 
- Emma Raducanu overcame injury to make the tournament but now faces Cori Gauff 
- Cameron Norrie can improve on his best-ever Australian Open result

Jack Draper, Kyle Edmund and Harriet Dart exited the Australian Open on the first day of the tournament, leaving four British players to compete for the trophy, including five-time losing finalist Andy Murray.

Cameron Norrie, who defeated Luca Van Assche 7-6 6-0 6-3 in his first-round match, and Dan Evans are the other British men left in the tournament, while Emma Raducanu is the only UK female contender, having defeated Tamara Korpatsch 6-3 6-2 on Monday.

Murray at risk of early exit

Andy Murray no longer has the advantage of being seeded at major tournaments and has been given a tough first-round draw against big-serving Italian Matteo Berrettini.

The Scot's five Australian Open final appearances were between 2010 and 2016 and four of them were losses to Novak Djokovic, who is in the same half of the draw.

However, instead of thinking of a potential semi-final with the Serbian, Murray will be solely focused on Berrettini, who has beaten him in three of their four meetings, including a 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-3 triumph in the third round of last year's US Open.

Murray gave Berrettini a decent match in New York and is not without a chance in Melbourne, but the size of the task ahead is reflected in the betting.

The Italian will start the contest as a strong 5/19 favourite with LiveScore Bet, with Britain's former world number one on offer at 14/5.

Evans could reach second week

Dan Evans reached the Australian Open fourth round in 2017 (his joint-best effort at a Grand Slam) and is not without hope of making the second week in Melbourne.

The 32-year-old had a decent season in 2022, which included a run to the semi-finals at the Canadian Open — only the second time he had reached the last four at a Masters 1000 level event.

Evans's pre-tournament ranking (30) is only eight off of his career high (22) and he appears to have been given a decent draw.

The 32-year-old is a strong 1/9 favourite with LiveScore Bet to win his first-round match against Argentinian journeyman Facundo Bagnis, who is on offer at 11/2.

Fifth seed Andrey Rublev is a potential third-round opponent but Evans has won three of their six previous meetings, including a 6-4 6-4 success at last year's Canadian Open.

Raducanu set for second-round exit

Emma Raducanu is the most recent British Grand Slam winner but has struggled to build on her sensational triumph at the 2021 US Open and will have to rediscover her best tennis to come through a tough second-round clash against talented teenager Cori Gauff.

The 20-year-old Briton's preparation was disrupted by an ankle injury but she moved freely enough when overcoming unseeded German Tamara Korpatsch 6-3 6-2 in the first round.

However, Raducanu faces a big step up in class against Gauff, who reached the French Open final last year and will be hopeful of registering her first Grand Slam success.

Gauff is expected to progress as the 1/3 favourite with LiveScore Bet, while Raducanu is available at 23/10 to reach the third round.

Norrie aiming for best Melbourne performance

Cameron Norrie is in good form after reaching Auckland Open final last week
Cameron Norrie is in good form after reaching Auckland Open final last week

Cameron Norrie has never advanced past the Australian Open third round in four previous appearances in the main draw, but he has a decent chance of raising the bar.

The 27-year-old registered career best efforts at his last two Grand Slams — reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals and the US Open fourth round — and started his Australian Open campaign impressively, dropping just nine games against Luca Van Assche.

Norrie has been given a decent draw — he has been installed as the 1/7 favourite against 9/2 Constant Lestienne in the second round with LiveScore Bet — and has a good chance of being the best performing Briton in Melbourne this year.


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