Australian Open Tips
Dates - January 20th - February 2nd 2020
Location - Melbourne, Australia
Venue - Melbourne Park
Surface - Hard (Plexicushion)
Novak Djokovic (Mens)
Naomi Osaka (Womens)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut (Mens Doubles)
Samantha Stosur & Zhang Shuai (Womens Doubles)
Barbora Krejčíková & Rajeev Ram (Mixed Doubles)
The first of this year's four Grand Slam events is the always entertaining Australian Open where the winner can walk away with a whopping £2,237,000. Now, whether you’re a tennis novice or an expert - everyone knows the impact and dominance that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have had over the last 15 years when it comes to Tennis Betting. However, those that watched the tournament last year know the best games down under usually don’t feature those players. Even though Djokovic vs Nadal was a good game last year, our favourite was in the first round where Filip Krajinovic came back from two sets down to eliminate 17th ranked Marco Cecchinato in what was a fantastic contest.
If you’re unfamiliar with Tennis, we’ll mark this down as you would see it in Football Betting terms, this was the equivalent of Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal. Not quite the level of Liverpool vs Barcelona, but still very impressive all the same.
Singles Winners since 2000
|Year||Mens Winner||Women’s Winner|
|2000||Andre Agassi||Lindsay Davenport|
|2001||Andre Agassi||Jennifer Capriati|
|2002||Thomas Johansson||Jennifer Capriati|
|2003||Andre Agassi||Serena Williams|
|2004||Roger Federer||Justine Henin|
|2005||Marat Safin||Serena Williams|
|2006||Roger Federer||Amélie Mauresmo|
|2007||Roger Federer||Serena Williams|
|2008||Novak Djokovic||Maria Sharapova|
|2009||Rafael Nadal||Serena Williams|
|2010||Roger Federer||Serena Williams|
|2011||Novak Djokovic||Kim Clijsters|
|2012||Novak Djokovic||Victoria Azarenka|
|2013||Novak Djokovic||Victoria Azarenka|
|2014||Stan Wawrinka||Li Na|
|2015||Novak Djokovic||Serena Williams|
|2016||Novak Djokovic||Angelique Kerber|
|2017||Roger Federer||Serena Williams|
|2018||Roger Federer||Caroline Wozniacki|
|2019||Novak Djokovic||Naomi Osaka|
It is amazing to see that as it stands only three men have won the Australian Open since 2010 with Novak Djokovic claiming six of those wins. Only Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer have been able to stop the dominance of the Serb after he beat 2009 winner Rafael Nadal in the final. However, Wawrinka did have an absolute classic contest with Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the tournament which was the moment that many believed gave the Swiss player the confidence to win the entire thing.
You have to go back to the 1960s to find a decade that saw the Australian Championships dominated by just three men. That’s right, as long as the competition has been the Australian Open there have been at least four male winners in a decade. Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, there hasn’t been back-to-back winners for six years, which is the first time this has happened since the 80’s. Here Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert traded wins for five years straight, which only demonstrates that the women’s game is more competitive than ever before, and when it comes to online betting the odds for some of your favourites to win, should be especially high.
Our Predictions - Men's Singles
In the decade that has just passed, the Australian Open was dominated by two men Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Now, perhaps surprisingly you can find the latter at a price of 19/2 to win the tournament for the 7th time. However, considering that Federer has underperformed in two of the last four majors including last years Australian Open, it perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise. We’re not going to open with who we think is going to win the entire thing, but with who we think could be the best outside bet.
Who could provide a shock win?
Now, before I give you the answer I’ll ask you a short question: Who was the last person to take a set off Novak Djokovic during the 2019 Australian Open? The Serbian dominated every single round, but two players managed to take a set off him, the first was Denis Shapovalov who is also a good shout as an outsider as he made his first final last year in the Paris Masters, but the man we’re talking about is none other than the man who Aleksander Zverev described as the “best player in the world right now” - Daniil Medvedev. The 6 ft 6, 23-year old has all the makings to be one of the greatest of all time, and we think that after making his mark in the US Open, he has a fantastic chance of getting his first tournament win at the Australian Open.
Who we’re backing
Now, who we think could cause a shock and who we actually think will win are two different things entirely. In fact, our projected winner hasn’t won the Australian Open since 2009 and it’s the only major that he hasn’t won more than once despite making the final four times since that first tournament victory. Yes, our projected winner is Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard is one of the greatest of all time and has had an absolutely fantastic year, winning two majors and making the final in the other. We think he’ll start 2020 in a similar fashion.
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