The maiden Grand Slam of 2016 is just around the corner and as always there is a great deal of interest surrounding the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams dominated the Grand Slams in 2015 and they are both set to start favourites in our 2016 Australian Open betting markets, but there is a question mark over the fitness of Williams after she withdrew from the Hopman Cup last weekend.
Can Djokovic and Williams continue their Grand Slam dominance into 2016 or will one of their challengers knock them off the perch?
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Novak Djokovic is playing on another level at the moment and he is a dominant favourite at a quote of $1.67. Andy Murray is on the second line of betting at a quote of $7 from Roger Federer ($10), while the likes of Rafa Nadal ($13) and Stan Wawrinka ($13) available at double figure odds.
Men’s Singles Best Bet
Novak Djokovic ($1.67)
Novak Djokovic extended his dominance in the men’s game in 2016 and it was only an outstanding performance from Stan Wawrinka at the French Open that denied him the Grand Slam. Djokovic was simply scintillating in his lead-up event to the Australian Open and at this stage of his career he has such an edge over his rivals that $1.67 to win a Grand Slam actually represents good value.
Men’s Singles Best Value
Roger Federer ($10)
It has been a while between drinks for Roger Federer at a Grand Slam, but if something happens to Djokovic he looks like the player best-placed to take advantage. Federer not only has superior hardcourt stats to Andy Murray, but there is every chance that Murray will leave Australia in order to attend the birth of his first child.
Men’s Singles Best Roughie
Bernard Tomic ($67)
Nick Krygios is expected to be Australia’s next Grand Slam winner, but Bernard Tomic had an outstanding year in 2016 and his lead-up form has been excellent. With the right draw, Tomic is poised to make a deep run and will end up much shorter than the $67 that is currently on offer.
There are injury concerns over the majority of the leading contenders in the Australian Open Women’s Singles draw. Serena Williams ($4.50) and Victoria Azarenka ($4.50) are currently equal favourites from Maria Sharapova ($9), Simona Halep ($11), Gabine Muguruza ($12), Petra Kvitova ($13) and Belinda Bencic ($15).
Women’s Singles Best Bet
Serena Williams ($4.50)
Williams is struggling with a knee injury, but she has previously shown an ability to fight through a similar injury to win a Grand Slam. She was not as dominant in 2015 as she was the year before, but she was still able to win three Grand Slams and that makes the $4.50 on offer value that can’t be passed up.
Women’s Singles Best Value
Maria Sharapova ($9)
It is no secret that Maria Sharapova can’t beat Serena Williams, but if Williams pulls out early that could clear the path for another Grand Slam triumph for Sharapova. Her stats on hardcourts are the best in the WTA and her injury is reportedly not as bad as those being battled by the other leading contenders.
Women’s Singles Best Roughie
Belinda Bencic ($15)
Belinda Bencic could be the next big thing in women’s tennis. She had a breakout season in 2015 and she has an outstanding record against fellow top ten players. She still needs to improve to win a Grand Slam, but she has a mountain of upside.