The Australian Open Tennis tournament takes place in Melbourne and is the first leg of the grand slam. After problems with the heat the tournament sees the introduction of tie-breaks in the final set. This will reduce match times and help out players suffering from fatigue. Men’s singles players also will be allowed 10-minute breaks if the temperatures are very high in this new Extreme heat Policy.
Australian Open Tennis: The Main Contenders
Novak Djokovic is back to his best and he is the clear favourite at odds of 2.25. He will be very difficult to beat and has got his confidence back.
Roger Federer is going for his third Australian Open in a row. He has a good draw but is 37 years old and he should reach the last 4, but winning the tournament might be too much. Odds 6.00.
Rafael Nadal has declared himself fit and at odds of 10.00 seems decent value. He may have the ability but his body might not withstand 2 weeks of Tennis in the soaring heat.
Alexander Zverev played very well in the ATP World Tour Finals but is he ready for his maiden Slam win? He is priced up at 13.00 but he lacks Grand Slam experience. One Quarter-Final appearance at Roland Garros is the best he has offered, there he got thrashed by Dominic Thiem.
Australian Open Tennis: Some Interesting Outsiders
Karen Khachanov had a good 2018 and rose to 11th in the World Rankings. He won three titles last season, including the Masters Series in Paris during October when he beat Djokovic in the final. He is a good hard court player and has a decent draw. Odds 30.
Daniil Medvedev is an up and coming talented player who reached the final in Brisbane last week but has Djokovic in his side of the draw.odds 67 but best to bet on matches.
Dominic Thiem is much better suited to the clay courts and shouldn’t make too much impact here. Best odds 50.00.
Kevin Anderson reached the final in two of the last five Grand slams and has a good style of play on this surface with a dominant serve. Odds 33.00
Grigor Dimitrov faded since a good 2017 year he reached the Semi-Finals at the Australian Open but his confidence has faded and although very talented needs to improve mentally. Odds 80.00
Australian Open Tennis: Key First Round Matches
There are some interesting first round matches:
2016 semi-finalist Raonic takes on Aussie home favourite Kyrgios.
2017 Finalist Marin Cilic takes on another Aussie, the talented Bernard Tomic.
Kyle Edmund, a rising UK player, takes on former Veteran Tomas Berdych who reached 2 Semi-Finals
Bautista Agut, the 22nd seed from Spain, takes on Andy Murray in his comeback. Murray could be vulnerable after a long battle with a hip injury.
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