Australian Open – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
The Australian Open has been thrown a real curve ball recently with key injuries to more than a handful of the world’s best. In their absence, a number of veterans and young up-and-comers are putting their hands up to win the first Grand Slam of 2018.
Federer and Nadal’s 2017 final was one-to-remember and with so many of the top men falling by the wayside, Federer looks primed for Grand Slam number 20!
The 2018 Australian Open originally held hope of regathering Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stanislas Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori back to the court. However, Williams, Murray and Nishikori are all still missing and Djokovic is still struggling for form and fitness in his recovery.
Will a new Grand Slam star be born? The young brigade made significant progress in 2017, in particular, Alexander Zverev and Aussies Nick Kyrgios and the teen revelation of the first two weeks of 2018, Alex De Minaur.
On the women’s side, the good form of Svitolina, Kerber, Wozniacki and the Aussies Ash Barty and Daria ‘Dascha” Gavrilova stand them all in good stead.
There is no shortage of headlines coming into the 2018 Australian Open.
Men’s Chances & Odds
Rafael Nadal – $5.00 to win with Ladbrokes
Not fully fit and recovering from a sore knee, the world No.1 will be out for revenge.
Roger Federer – $3.00 to win
A 20th major title would make the gap over Nadal & Novak as the greatest player ever beyond reach.
Grigor Dimitrov – $12.00 best value bet with William Hill
Winning the ATP finals crown in 2017 suggests Dimitrov can win a Grand Slam.
Nick Kyrgios looks to have matured a lot and appears happy-in-himself. Is it possible he can become Australia’s first Men’s Grand Slam winner since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002? Great price of $15.
Women’s Best Bet
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, who won in Brisbane last week, has played fantastically over the last year. She looks ready to make her first deep run at a major. Outstanding value at $8.50.