Murray Cut to 5/2 for Spoty

  • Last Updated: September 11 2012, 9:49 BST

Andy Murray is 5/2 to win the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year award after he won the US Open last night.

Andy Murray: Cut for SPOTY and next year's Grand Slams

The Scot overcame Novak Djokovic to win in five sets at Flushing Meadows, in a match that equalled the longest US Open final in the modern era.

Having edged a closely-fought tie-break for the first set, Murray broke Djokovic to win the second 7-5 for a 2-0 lead.

However, the defending champion rallied to win the third 6-2 and when he broke Murray to take the fourth 6-3, the writing looked to be on the wall.

But Murray regrouped to break in game one of the fifth and final set before serving out for a 7-6 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 win, in the process becoming the first Briton to win a Grand Slam in 76 years.

And although he was trimmed for next season's Slams, it was the Sports Personality market which received the biggest shake-up.

Coral cut him to 5/2 from 8/1, Sky Bet went 9/4 from 7s, while Paddy Power, bet365 and sportingbet all quoted 5/2 having offered 7/1 prior to the final.

The move for Murray means that, for the first time since he added Olympic time trial gold to his Tour de France victory, Bradley Wiggins has drifted to odds-against and a standout 6/5 with William Hill and Paddy Power.

Double athletics gold medallist Mo Farah has also been eased to a high of 3/1 with bet365 and BetVictor, while Jessica Ennis is out to 12/1 with the latter firm and Ladbrokes.

Four-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir has been edged out to a general 25/1 from around the 16/1 mark and it's 80/1 bar the five.

Steve Freeth, spokesman for bet365, said: "In any normal year the likes of Wiggins, Farah and Ennis would be home and hosed by now after their achievements this summer in what has been an unbelievable few months of top class sport.

"Now we have Andy Murray back in the mix - he was 7/4 before the Wimbledon final but 20/1 at the start of the US Open - and he could have served his Sports Personality ace at just the right time as far as this award is concerned."

Meanwhile, Sky Bet and Stan James make Murray a standout 7/2 second-favourite for next year's Australian Open, with Djokovic now a general 7/4.

BetVictor cut him to 8/1 for the French Open but, with odds-on favourite Rafael Nadal so dominant on the clay, Stan James are still prepared to lay 20s about Murray.

Paddy Power make Murray their 2/1 joint-favourite for Wimbledon alongside Djokovic, but Sky Bet, Ladbrokes and William Hill offer 7/2 about Murray going one better than he did this year.

At the time of writing, no firm are offering prices for next year's US Open.