Australian Open 2019 – Men’s Finals – Predictions & Odds Update
2019 Australian Open
Sunday, January 27th 2019, 3:30 am
Rod Laver Arena
The first men’s grand slam final of the year is a tantalising prospect as two of the sport’s greatest rivals – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – collide on the iconic Rod Laver Arena.
There are no more tantalising prospects in tennis than a matchup between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Prior to the Australian Open, all the talk was of the changing of the guard in 2019 with a plethora of youngsters set to displace the so called ‘old timers’ of Nadal, Roger Federer, Djokovic and Amdy Murray.
However, not so, as although injury and age may be about to catch up on Murray and Federer, Nadal and Djokovic remain at the height of their game – especially after both breezed through their semi-final opponents with aplomb.
Spaniard Nadal has brushed aside Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to reach the final whilst Djokovic defeated Frenchman Lucas Pouille in just 1 hour and 23 minutes to set up the Nadal tie.
If Nadal does prevail over Djokovic, he will complete the astonishing feat of having won each of the four Grand Slams at least twice, something Djokovic and even Federer has failed to do.
Remarkably, Nadal is yet to lose at set at the tournament this year although Djokovic will provide a far sterner test.
However, Nadal appears to have upped his game and has had an extra day recovery time which could prove crucial, expect this one to go all the way just like it did in 2012 but expect the result to be reversed with a top of his game taking the 2019 Australian Open title in a gruelling five sets.
Head to Head
The pair met in the final of the Australian Open in 2012 in one of the most historic tennis contests of all time.
Djokovic emerged the winner 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7 (5), 7–5 but only after a record 5 hours and 53 minutes of court time with both players requiring chairs during the trophy presentation.
Overall, the pair have met 52 times in competitive action with Djokovic just edging the head to head record with 27 wins to Nadal’s 25.
Nadal to win 3-2 is 9/2 with 10bet
Both players look back to their absolute best and the last time they met in the Australian Open Final five sets were needed.
However, this time around, Nadal has played less sets than Djokovic and had had more rest which looks like being the deciding factor in a harsh, heated contest.
Over 47.5 games are 39/20 with Unibet
The last time the pair played the Australian Open Final, the pair shared 55 games in the longest ever Grand Slam men’s final game.
Even the last game they played against one another saw 59 games during the semi-final of Wimbledon last year.
Expect this contest to last a long time.