Australian Open Men’s Singles Betting Tips & Preview – 15th to 28th January 2018

Andy Murray did all he could to avoid surgery on his hip, but he eventually decided that going under the knife was the best option to prolong his career. In taking such drastic action, Murray has again shown just how physically demanding competing at the top levels of tennis is.

Murray is joined on the side-lines by Kei Nishikori while many of the men competing in the Australian Open have their own fitness problems that will require management. Those problems have opened up the draw for some of the younger players in the draw but will it be 36-year-old Roger Federer who outlasts the lot?

Tips and Predictions

When Federer won the Australian Open last year it was described as a fairy tale, one last hurrah for a great coming towards the end of his career. 12 months on and Federer is moving as well as ever and, judging by his form in the Hopman Cup, playing hard court tennis from the very top level.

Federer dropped just one set in his Hopman Cup singles matches and won the tournament alongside fellow Swiss, Belinda Bencic. He may not play in every big event any more but when Federer turns up, he turns up to win. There’s little if anything to suggest Federer is weaker than last year so you can’t argue with a price of 15/8 with Coral.

Few fans attending Melbourne would begrudge Federer another success but the passionate Aussie fans are desperate for one of their own to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup. In Nick Kyrgios, they might finally have a player ready to step up. The 22-year-old had his first taste of success on Australian soil recently at the Brisbane International. As well as handling the pressure of the crowd, Kyrgios played some astounding tennis. He is technically sound but it’s his flair that sets Kyrgios apart and makes him a tempting option at 16/1 with Betfred.

Tournament Info

  • 20 up for Federer? - Bookies’ favourite, Roger Federer, is bidding to win his 20th Grand Slam and his fifth Australian Open title
  • Hot, hot heat - The temperature is forecast to get up to 37C during the coming fortnight
  • Open era passes its double century - The 2018 Australian Open will be the 200th Grand Slam of tennis’s Open Era
  • Fast courts to remain - The Plexicushion courts at Melbourne Park played very fast last year and are set to be just as quick this time around

Other Bets and Odds

Novak Djokovic, making his Grand Slam return after an elbow injury, has been talking up his chances of success in Melbourne. Nobody doubts his ability but with question marks about his fitness, he doesn’t really convince at a general 6/1. The same can be said about Rafael Nadal at a general 9/1.

The 16/1 that BetVictor are quoting about Alexander Zverev’s chances is much more like it. The 20-year-old will surely win a slam at some stage. After an impressive 2017, could he spring a surprise by coming of age at the Australian Open?

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