2019 Australian Open Tennis Betting Preview

2019 Australian Open Tennis Betting Preview

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2019 Australian Open Tennis

The 2019 Australian Open kicks off another highly anticipated year of Grand Slam tennis in the middle part of January as the 107th edition of the competition is set to get underway at Melbourne Park in Victoria. The hard-court tournament is riddled with history and this year’s competition is set to no doubt throw up plenty more thrills and agony across the two weeks of play. The always-impressive Roger Federer won this competition last year and he’ll be looking for yet another Grand Slam trophy to add to his magnificent collection. This year’s tournament might also be the platform for the emergence of one or two of the fringe and up and coming players on the circuit to either reach a major final or even go on to win this major. Below is our four picks for the tournament, with our two favoured bets at shorter prices and two outside picks at a bigger price – as well as the two best chances from Great Britain.

Novak Djokovic – 11/10 with William Hill – BET HERE

World number one in the ATP rankings as of 2019, Novak Djokovic is once again coming into another tournament as a big favourite and rightly so after the Serbian strutted his way to some magnificent title wins in 2018. The biggest of them all came in his fantastic Wimbledon win in the summer with his destruction of the big serving Kevin Anderson, whilst he also took home the US Open trophy with a 14th Grand Slam title against Juan Martin del Potro. As a result of his two major wins last term, the Serbian right hander is number one seed heading into this competition and having not won this tournament since 2016, he’ll be desperate to get his hands on his 73rd career title and his seventh Australian Open.

Roger Federer – 5/1 with Sky Bet – BET HERE

It wouldn’t be a Grand Slam preview if Swiss ace Roger Federer wasn’t talked about as one of the contenders and given his price of 5/1 with Sky Bet, the world number three is a fantastic bet to win this title. Talks of retirement are rife amongst the tennis media, but the 37-year-old will be desperate to win his 100th career title before he does so and what better way to sign out in what could be potentially his final season with a seventh Australian Open. The right-handed legend of the game won this title last year, beating Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, but a disappointing Wimbledon exit and a slip down into third from his previous number one ranking back in 2017 will be something he’ll want to bounce back from here. Federer made over £8m in prize money in the calendar year, but the Swiss star is far fonder of legacy in his latter stages of his tennis career and a win to silence the few doubters will be sweet if he can pull it off.

Kei Nishikori – 28/1 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Having just won a tournament in the same country, Japanese star Kei Nishikori will be more than confident of defying the odds to pick up his first Grand Slam title. The 29-year-old beat Daniel Medvedev over three sets in the Brisbane International only a matter of days ago at the Pat Rafter Arena and his price of 28/1 with Bet365 to win here is a bet we like. The number-nine ranked player reached the quarter-final here on three occasions – in 2012, 2015 and 2016 – and having reached his first Wimbledon final in 2018, the right-handed entertainer will be keen on having success on the hard court to start the season.

Alex De Minaur – 100/1 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Home favourites are often spoke about ahead of Grand Slam tournaments and this one is no different with teenage star Alex De Minaur set to take part in his second Aussie Open. The 19-year-old is with little doubt up against it if he can manage to progress through the early rounds, but with the backing of the home crowd and having gained some much-needed experience in the four major tournaments in 2018 – De Minaur will be more than confident of going out onto court and playing with little pressure in order to make it past the second-round where he fell in 2017. De Minaur is a huge admirer of the legendary Federer and the Swiss ace has been quick to praise his admirer and with a good win over Jordan Thompson in the Brisbane International under his belt from the start of January, who says this young star cannot go far. Experience certainly doesn’t escape the teen either, with a brilliant run in the Next Gen finals before coming up short against Stefanos Tsitsipas and arguably most importantly, he will step out onto the court under the watchful eye of his legendary Aussie coach Lleyton Hewitt.

Andy Murray – 66/1 with Sky Bet – BET HERE

Currently ranked 230 in the ATP rankings as of 2019, former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has had several problems with several parts of his body and as a result, both his ranking and form has dipped in recent years and talks of even potential retirement have circulated the tennis media. However, the former number one in the world is more than capable of defying the odds in the Aussie Open next week and an attractive first-round match against Spanish player Roberto Bautista Agut is certainly one he can win if at his best. Murray played in the Brisbane International earlier this month, but lost to eventual runner-up Medvedev in the round of 16. However, glimpses of his former self were certainly there for the Scotsman and perhaps the man who is fond of a hard-court tie will go far in this year’s Grand Slam – which he is yet to win.

Kyle Edmund – 100/1 with Betfair – BET HERE

Britain’s number one tennis player Kyle Edmund looks a fantastic outside bet at 100/1 to cause a shock in this tournament and after a solid 2018 which even included a run to the semi-final in this tournament, he’ll be confident of going deep once again here. The right-handed player seems to play his best stuff in the early part of the year on the hard-court and despite his dream of being Wimbledon champion being his priority, Edmund should certainly look at this competition as one which he can win. He plays Thomas Berdych in his first-round match starting next Monday and the match against the man he knows well is arguably the ideal opener. Edmund’s exit to the big serving Cilic in the semi-final last year might have been upsetting at the time, but his experience earned in that match will serve him well in this one and if Edmund can play like he did last season, what is to say he can’t run out a shock winner here?

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