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The Punter: Not so handy for Andy Murray

Followers of Andy Murray continue to live in hope that the Scot will one day land a tennis Grand Slam.

It would be foolish to say never, but every year that passes without him making the breakthrough makes it that bit harder.

Although only 24, and ranked number four in the world, I would rather take 4-1 about him not winning one before 2015, especially after his tiresome effort in the US Open at Flushing Meadows when as the 1-10 favourite — and at one point 1-50 — he bowed out tamely to Stanislas Wawrinka.

The Magic Sign (Ladbrokes) are shouting 1-2 Andy to win a Slam during his career and 6-4 not to. Again, the latter is the better option as his career could come to a sudden end through injury or finish simply because he has had enough.

Odds of 10-11 to succeed next year are hardly worth breaking down doors for while it is 11-4 to score in 2012, 8-1 the following year and 20-1 to come good in 2014.

Murray’s latest setback has seen him drift massively in the betting for the BBC Personality of the Year award, being quoted now at 50-1 from 10s. The favourite remains Tony McCoy who has been cut from 5-2 to 15-8 with European heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis at 4-1.

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