Australian Open 2020 Draw Preview: Betting Tips & Predictions
The first Grand Slam of the season is finally around the corner – the much-awaited Australian Open. Set to start from January 20, the two-week, high-octane tennis tournament in Melbourne is going to feature some of the best tennis players from the ATP and WTA Tour. From a tennis betting perspective, things are going to be really interesting with things shaking up, day by day. The favourites may no longer be able to take the crown, with the underdogs and the rising stars challenging the very dynamics of the tour.
In this article, we will give you the Australian Open 2020 betting tips for major men’s and women’s matches, with the latest odds and predictions. Starting with a draw preview for men’s and women’s half, we will cover the tournament in detail over the next two weeks, to ensure that you’re at the top of your game.
Australian Open Betting Tips and Odds: Final
Mentioned below are our predictions with odds for the final matches of the Australian Open.
|Women’s Final: Garbine Muguruza vs. Sofia Kenin|
|Kenin to win||2.40||10CRIC|
|Over 20.5 games in the match||1.77||Betway|
|Over 33.5 games in the match||1.95||LeoVegas|
You can also check out the in-depth preview of the final women’s match with head to head statistics, past meetings, and player form.
Best betting sites for the Australian Open 2020
Garbine Muguruza defeated Simona Halep in straight sets, in what proved to be one of her most impressive victories in recent weeks. She moved past the Romanian 7-6(8), 7-5, to reach her maiden Slam final since the 2017 Wimbledon. The Spaniard has been absolutely impressive so far in Melbourne. She is yet to drop a set and has already dispatched some big names like Svitolina and Bertens.
As for Kenin, she hasn’t been half bad herself as she defeated the top seed, World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the semis in straight sets. Even though she enjoyed a comfortable bracket, courtesy of early exits of the top seeds, she hardly faced any difficulties against the Aussie in reaching her maiden Grand Slam final.
The men’s quarterfinal lived up to the expectations, with Roger Federer battling Tennys Sandgren for five-sets to win an epic thriller. The Swiss saved no less than seven match points over the course of the game to set up the semifinal clash with Novak Djokovic. In the match, Federer also found himself troubled by groin injury and was consequently forced to take a medical timeout. It is also the second time in the competition that the 38-year-old Grand Slam champion had to battle an underdog for five sets.
As for Djokovic, he hardly faced any difficulties as he battled past Milos Raonic in straight sets with absolute ease. Having won the ATP Cup, he is sailing high on confidence and momentum and has hardly shown any signs of slowing down. He has been in an imposing form, to say the least, and is certainly a bookmaker’s favourite in the Australian Open.
Alexander Zverev also had a comfortable run in his tie against Stan Wawrinka, as he defeated the Swiss in four sets.
In the women’s half, Ashleigh Barty moved past Petra Kvitova in straight sets while Sofia Kenin defeated Ons Jabeur. Garbine Muguruza also found her groove in Melbourne, as she reached her first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2018 French Open. The Spaniard faced a resilient Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova but made easy work of her at the end.
She will now meet Simona Halep, who has been in a pretty terrific form herself and has left in her wake a bunch of impressive victories. Most recently, Halep moved past Anett Kontaveit with a massive 6-1, 6-1 win.
The first week of the Australian Open was a pretty exciting one, particularly in the women’s half. A lot of stunning upsets were delivered, and it is evident that the youngsters are clearly giving the experienced folks a run for their money.
To start off, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki exited from the competition, after falling respectively to Qiang Wang and Ons Jabeur. The two Grand Slam champions and former World No. 1 were on path to meet in the fourth round, but these stunning losses have completely changed the dynamics of the event. Naomi Osaka was also among the top seeds to lose on Friday, as she fell to Cori Gauff – the 15-year-old teenage prodigy, in straight sets. Petra Kvitova and Ashleigh Barty enjoyed an easy path into the fourth round.
Things have been fairly chaotic in the bottom half as well, with Karolina Pliskova and Belinda Bencic succumbing in round three. Number five seed Elina Svitolina had a similar fate but against the former top 10 player Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard showed confidence and resilience in her performance, as she reached the fourth round. Kiki Bertens, Angelique Kerber, and Simona Halep also made it to the week two of the Aus Open after a few terrific performances.
In the men’s half, there weren’t a lot of upsets as all the top seeds reached the fourth-round rather. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are yet to drop a set, while Roger Federer survived a scare against John Millman in round three. The match lasted for five sets, with the final set going into the tie-breaker. Ultimately, Federer came out as the winner, with Marton Fucsovics awaiting him in round four. Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, and Alexander Zverev also made it to the next round.
The most notable exits were those of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roberto Bautista Agut. Number eight seed Matteo Berrettini also fell quite early in the second round. It was also refreshing to see the likes of Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka, and Milos Raonic finding their groove in Melbourne over the last week. The three, former top-10 players are incredibly talented and experienced, and it will be interesting to see how far they go.
1st Round Summary
The first round of the Happy Slam didn’t see a lot of upsets in the men’s half. Defending champion Novak Djokovic started with a four-set win over the veteran German Jan-Lennard Struff. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal got off to a scintillating victory with a straight-set win over Hugo Dellien. Meanwhile, Roger Federer also enjoyed a fantastic run in the opener, with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over the American Steve Johnson.
The youngsters also enjoyed a good field day in the opening rounds. Daniil Medvedev knocked out Frances Tiafoe in four sets, while Stefanos Tsitsipas sailed to a comfortable victory over Salvatore Caruso with 6-0, 6-2, 6-3. The likes of Grigor Dimitrov, Karen Khachanov, and Dominic Thiem also had a comfortable start to their Australian Open Campaigns.
In the women’s half, however, the action was much more intense. Ashleigh Barty, carrying the Australian hopes, shook off a resilient Lesia Tsurenko in the opener to reach the second round in three sets. As for the defending champion Naomi Osaka, she had a breezy start with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Marie Bouzkova. Similarly, Caroline Wozniacki, playing in her last Grand Slam and the tournament, kick-started with a three-set win over Kristie Ahn.
Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Kiki Bertens, and Elina Svitolina got to winning starts as well. Among the upsets were the early exits of Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, and Johanna Konta. Samantha Stosur, another Aussie in the field, also had a bad day with a straight-set loss to Catherine McNally.
Will the Weather Conditions Play a Role?
The gruelling heat of January in Melbourne is no surprise to the players. Through the years, they have been tested to the limits by playing under such intense conditions. This time around, however, things are a bit different with the bush fires also playing a significant part. The smoke haze from these fires has crept into the Australian town, leading to heavy smog and for some, difficulties in breathing.
Case in point, during the Australian Open qualifiers, a few players struggled with the conditions while playing. Matches were abandoned, players had to retire, delays and timeouts were frequent.
Throw in the massive heat, and all of it leads to a new dimension. It is quite likely that we may see matches lasting to 3 sets for women, and up to 4-5 sets for men. And this is where betting gets really interesting. Instead of outright winners, you may want to look into the bets covering the number of matches to be played. After all, with such conditions, it may be difficult for players to wrap up the matches in straight sets.
Easy Path for Nadal
Rafael Nadal (5.00 with 888Sport) has been awarded the top seed for the tournament. After an interesting performance in the ATP Cup, losing to Novak Djokovic in the final, the Spaniard looks determined and ready to fire on all cylinders. He is also looking to become the first player in the Open Era to win a double career Grand Slam – not even Djokovic or Roger Federer have achieved this feat.
He has a fairly easy half, with Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, and Stan Wawrinka possibly standing in his way. Of these three names, Medvedev is particularly interesting to observe, given that the 23-year-old is currently World No. 4. He was in the US Open final last year, losing to none other than Nadal.
Another player to keep an eye out for is Karen Khachanov, the young Russian who had an imposing season in 2019. With him, Gael Monfils, David Goffin, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will also be sure to cause some ruckus and upsets.
If things go according to the plan, he may very well face Alexander Zverev in the semifinal – the young German who is seeking to reinvent himself in Melbourne. However, if history has taught us anything, it’s that anything can happen. The youngsters will definitely challenge the big guns, and Nadal may have a tough fight at his hands.
Djokovic, Federer on Collision Course
Things are much more interesting in the second half of the bracket. The defending champion Novak Djokovic (2.20 with 10CRIC) has been seeded second but will be in high spirits after winning the ATP Cup. His half of the draw is far more difficult, with a prospective quarter-final meeting with Stefanos Tsitispas already on the cards.
The young Greek made it to the semifinal last year in Melbourne and this time, he will be eager to go all the way. He has already cemented his position as a formidable force, with wins over the likes of Roger Federer and other top-ranked players.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer (11.00 with 10CRIC), is seeded third and is in the same half as Djokovic. This means the two players can potentially meet in the semifinal but for that to happen, Federer will have to jump through several hoops. He may have to deal with Denis Shapovalov as early as the fourth round, possibly followed by Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinal.
But more than that, it will be interesting to see how the Swiss will cope with the conditions and the rise of youngsters in Melbourne. It is no surprise that he is now pushing his late thirties and sooner or later, that will come into play. That is, unless, he manages to surprise us once again.
It is also worth keeping a good eye on the likes of Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov, and David Goffin. These players have shown a great deal of promise in the past and have the potential to deliver some interesting results.