Stefanos Tsitsipas cut from 50/1 to 12/1 to win Australian Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas cut from 50/1 to 12/1 to win Australian Open

Yesterday we may have witnessed the breakthrough of a future star of men’s tennis.

20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas came from a set down to beat 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer 6-7 7-6 7-5 7-6 in the fourth round at the Australian Open. It was a stunning win for the young Greek, against a player who had won the Australian Open in both of the previous two seasons and was enjoying a 14-match winning streak in Melbourne.

The victory has seen bookmakers drastically slash his odds to win the entire tournament too. Before the Australian Open began just over a week ago most bookies were pricing Tsitsipas at around 50/1 to lift the title, but he is now in to 12/1 with most and only Novak Djokovic (1/1 with Betfair) and Rafael Nadal (2/1 with Sky Bet) are considered more likely to win the tournament.

He is now into his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final where he will take on Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut, the man who knockout out Andy Murray in the first round. The 14th seed is a slight favourite to win that match, best priced at 5/6 with Betfair.

Roger Federer had won 14 straight matches at the Australian Open before his defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas has also beaten Matteo Berrettini, Viktor Troicki and Nikoloz Basilashvili en-route to the last eight and is the youngest player left in the draw. It was only the second time that the Greek had made the fourth round of a major but showed maturity beyond his years to produce a stunning display to beat a man who has won this tournament on six previous occasions. 

Many believe that this win, combined with the recent retirement announcement from Andy Murray is the start of a changing in guard at the top of men’s tennis. The likes of Frances Tiafoe, Borna Coric and Daniil Medvedev have also enjoyed strong runs at the Australian Open and all of whom are aged 22 or younger, whilst Alexander Zverev is already competing at the top of the men’s game.

Those players are now starting to make a mark on the major tournaments. Indeed Karen Khachanov won the final Masters 1000 event of 2018, Zverev won the ATP Finals whilst Tsitsipas himself beat the likes of Djokovic and Kevin Anderson en-route to the final of the Rogers Cup.

That said, both Djokovic and Nadal remain strong favourites at the Australian Open so not all of the old guard are quite finished on the ATP Tour just yet!