The 2018 Australian Open begins on Monday, the 15th of January and concludes with the men’s final on the 29th. Today we preview the men’s side of the draw in detail, and give some tips as to who we think will come away with the silverware
2017 will go down as one of the most memorable years in the open era for men’s tennis for many reasons. The main reason being the GOAT (AKA Roger Federer) proving all the haters and naysayers wrong by claiming his first Grand Slam title since 2012, by beating his rival Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. However, he wasn’t done winning just yet, as he also managed to claim his 2nd Grand Slam title in 2017 when he was victorious at Wimbledon. Federer is coming into the new season with renewed confidence and the favourite to take home the silverware ($3).
Federer’s long-time rival, Rafael Nadal, is also coming off a year to remember. He too was able to win his first Grand Slam title in 3 years when he took out the French Open, and he too backed it up by winning a second Grand Slam in 2017, the US Open. Nadal comes into this tournament with the No.1 world ranking and a generous run to the quarter finals. Rafa comes in with short odds ($5) but is always a chance to win.
Novak Djokovic is on the way back from a shoulder injury that side-lined him for the entire back half of 2017. It was no surprise when Djokovic revealed he had been suffering from an ongoing injury, due to his uncharacteristically early exits at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. He looked a shell of the dominant player he was during his dominant 2015-16 campaigns, where he claimed 5 out of 8 Grand Slam titles. He hasn’t played much tennis lately, but we still feel he deserves to be shorter odds than he is ($8).
With Andy Murray out of the Open this year there’s an opening for a young-gun to make a run deep into the second week of the tournament. If this is to occur, then you can’t go past Alexander Zverev Jr. and Nick Kyrgios. Zverev is coming off a terrific 2017, where he won an astonishing 5 ATP titles, placing him in third behind only Federer and Nadal. He comes into this tournament at just 20 years of age, No.4 world ranking and $17 odds to claim the title.
Love him or hate him, Kyrgios is a budding superstar of men’s tennis and is a real chance of making a deep run in this year’s Australian Open. He recently claimed his first ATP title after defeating Ryan Harrison in straight sets in the final of the Brisbane International. Kyrgios oozes natural talent and comes into the Open with $15 odds and a desire to perform in front of packed home crowds.
We’re well aware that Djokovic is coming off a long-term injury that forced him out of action for a lot of 2017. However, he is now back to full fitness and loves playing in the Australian Open. He has a relatively easy Quarter and is a major chance of claiming the silverware.
TIP: Novak Djokovic to win - $8 at Sportsbet
If there’s to be a surprise winner in this year’s Open then it may just be Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. He loves the big stage and looks to have matured a lot in his 2017 campaign. Is it possible he can become Australia’s first Grand Slam winner since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002? We think he’s a real sniff.
Value Play: Nick Kyrgios to win - $15 at Ladbrokes
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