Australian Open 2020 Men’s Preview and Predictions | 20 Jan – 02 Feb

Najim Najim Omniscient sports guru who breathes and lives sports.
Updated Updated: January 20, 2020
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Once again we enter a Grand Slam tournament with Novak Djokovic as the undisputed favourite. With Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer featuring as well, we might have entered a new decade, but the old giants are still expected to compete for the ultimate honours.

In 2019, Djokovic defeated Nadal in a rather anti-climatic final (6-3, 6-3, 6-2). We take a look at some of the favourites, outsiders, and main storylines, before the Australian Open starts on January 20.

Australian Open Overview and Schedule

The Australian Open is scheduled to start on January 20 with the final planned for February 2.

Djokovic has been drawn in the bottom half of the tournament, which has been hailed by many as the most competitive one. Featuring both 6-time winner Roger Federer and rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Serb will have his hands full in getting to the final and replicating last year’s win.

Notable names in the top half of the draw include Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem. Veteran and fan favourite Juan Martin del Potro was supposed to feature as well, but had to withdraw due to an ongoing knee injury.

Nadal will feel confident about his chances in the top half of the draw, but remains the number two favourite for the overall win, with the bookmakers confident about Djokovic’s chances with the best odds being offered by 10Bet at 6/5.

Australian Open Betting Tips and Predictions

  • Rafael Nadal to Win the Australian Open

Nadal hasn’t won the Australian Open for more than a decade, securing his first and only win in 2009. Nadal is not exactly uncomfortable playing in Melbourne. Despite only winning the tournament once, he has finished runner-up in four of his last seven appearances. Additionally, he registered wins in both Roland Garros and the US Open last year, while also finishing the year as the World No. 1. There is no better time to back Nadal than this year.

Most punters would be cautious to back Nadal at 9/2 with Paddy Power, but he has rarely had a better chance of winning than this year.

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas to Win the Australian Open

Tsitsipas is an intriguing bet for this year’s Australian Open. Tsitsipas started last year’s season by defeating Federer on the way to his first ever Grand Slam semi-final and later rounded off the season with an impressive victory at the ATP Finals in London.

Tsitsipas is a rising star and enters the new decade with a lot of momentum, which makes the 13/1 at Betfred an appetising price.

Favourites and Outsiders, Latest Odds

There are other favourites and outsiders to the title as well, with the Russian Daniil Medvedev rated the third biggest favourite by the bookies with the best odds offered by Skybet with 7/1.

Below we have listed the best current odds for this year’s Australian Open – then you can decide for yourself!

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