2020 Australian Open Preview

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A new decade of Grand Slam tennis gets underway from Melbourne on Monday as the 2020 Australian Open kicks off the New Year.

The leadup to this year’s tournament has been nothing short of challenging for players, organizers and fans alike, but we should be in for some quality hardcourt action with a wide-open field of talent in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

Alongside our preview, we’ll also be providing Daily Australian Open Tips and live-tweeting all the important matches, so be sure to check back for complete coverage!

Men’s Singles Betting

Novak Djokovic @ $2.25

The defending champ returns to Melbourne looking to pick up where he left off in 2019 by winning a record-extending eighth Australian Open.

Djokovic won the ATP Cup over Rafael Nadal last week and it’s hard to argue with the nine consecutive victories he’s earned on the hardcourt leading in.

No player has had more success at this event than the Serb, and the quality of opponent he’s beaten in singles tournaments recently has been nothing short of outstanding.

Djoker owns wins over Nadal, Kevin Anderson, Gael Monfils, Cristian Garin, Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Medvedev to start the New Year, making the favourite almost impossible to back against.

Rafael Nadal @ $5.50

The world No. 1 returns to Melbourne with two things on his mind: revenge and history.

Nadal has looked unbeatable in every tournament recently, but he’ll be hungry to make up for last years shortcomings after losing the Open final to Djokovic in less than impressive fashion.

A win this year for the Spaniard would put him level with Roger Federer atop the all-time Grand Slam singles list, but despite a very strong showing throughout the ATP Cup, it’s difficult to tip Nadal if he comes face-to-face with Djokovic again.

Most of Nadal’s problems in Melbourne over the last decade have stemmed from the weather and the court. Now at 33, Nadal’s knees aren’t what they used to be, which has largely cost him in the dying stages of the tournament.

Fans love a good battle between the Big Three in a final however, so considering there is a bit of a gap between Djoker, Nadal and the rest of the men’s division, don’t be surprised if we’re treated to a rematch. 

Daniil Medvedev @ $9.00

Russia’s finest continues to climb in the world rankings, overtaking Dominic Thiem for the number four spot last week after making the ATP Cup Semi-Final.

Medvedev lost to Djokovic in three sets – the same opponent that beat him in the fourth round of last year’s Open. Things have changed a lot since then though with recent wins at the St Petersburg Open and the Shanghai Masters.

Medvedev finished 59-21 in singles tournaments last year, so the form stacks up for tennis’ brightest young superstar to make a run toward the final.

Roger Federer @ $12.00

Federer and Djokovic have both drawn in the same half this year, potentially setting up another fiery rematch after the pair met in the group stages of the ATP Finals last November.

For the first time in a long time though, the Swiss superstar is largely a mystery though.

Federer hasn’t played a singles match since losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the ATP Semi-Final – the same opponent he lost to in the fourth round of last year’s Australian Open.

If you’ve lost count, it’s been two years since the Fed Express has won a Grand Slam, while his loss in the US Open quarterfinals doesn’t fill us with confidence either.

The hardcourt has posed plenty of problems to Federer in his twilight years, so you’re best off leaving him alone at this price.  

Stefanos Tsitsipas @ $13.00

The world No. 6 returns to Melbourne with revenge on his mind after losing in the Semi’s to Nadal last year.

Tsitsipas won the ATP Tour Finals over Dominic Thiem back in November but proved no match for Nick Kyrgios in the group stages of the ATP Cup a fortnight ago.

Still, at 21-years-old, Tsitsipas remains one of the biggest dark horses to watch in Grand Slams this year. He bounced back from a mid-season form slump last year to meet Nadal in the French Open final for the second year in a row, meaning all these harsh learning curves and close calls in Grand Slams should turn into something positive very soon.

Women’s Singles Betting

Serena Williams @ $5.00

Williams rose a spot in the WTA rankings last week, moving into ninth after securing a win at the Auckland Open over fellow American Jessica Pegula.

Fans are still waiting for the all-time great to win her 24th Grand Slam title – a milestone Williams has been searching for since last winning the Australian Open back in 2017.

A win in Melbourne this year would mark Williams’ eighth Open title, moving her just three wins shy of all-time leader Margaret Court.

The journey up until this point has been anything but easy, however, as Williams continues to choke in Grand Slam finals. Despite opening as the favourite this year, Williams has lost her last four Grand Slam finals, failing to win a set on each occasion.

Ash Barty @ $9.00

Barty will need more than just hometown support if she wishes to become the first Aussie girl since Chris O’Neil in 1978 to claim her home Grand Slam.

The 23-year-old failed to make it past the Round of 16 at the Brisbane International, but fans can find some confidence in Barty’s quarter-final win at the Adelaide International.

Barty still remains atop the WTA rankings after winning the French Open last year. She should have things her own way through the group stages with only Elena Rybakina ranked inside the Top 30, but whether Barty can live up to the heavy expectations in the final stages remains to be seen.

That said, this will be an emotional time for Barty with Australia in the midst of a bushfire crisis. With that playing as a potential motivator, it’s worth playing on the hometown girl to finally deliver Australia a well-deserved win.

Naomi Osaka @ $9.00

Last year’s Australian Open champ returns to Melbourne hoping to pick up where she left off.

Osaka’s form since winning her second Grand Slam title has been spotty at best, but the Japanese superstar has steadied over the last three months just in time to defend her crown.

After losing in the first round at Wimbledon last year, Osaka has since gone on to win the Japan Women’s Open as well as the China Open in succession.

Osaka’s form on the hardcourt at last year’s US Open left a lot to be desired, but she can be forgiven after going through yet another coaching change.

The 22-year-old shouldn’t be short on motivation after losing the Semi of the Brisbane International to Karolina Pliskova last week, leaving Osaka looking well over the odds at this price and worth have a small wager on.

Karlona Pliskova @ $11.00

The 27-year-old is still searching for her first Grand Slam victory and she shouldn’t be short on confidence after making it as far as the Semi-Final at last year’s Australian Open.

Pliskova won the Brisbane International last week over Madison Keys, cementing the Czech’s No. 2 spot in the world rankings. She also made a coaching change in November last year that has so far paid big dividends.

The market is certainly undervaluing Pliskova here and it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see her wind up in the final. Pliskova won the Brisbane International on the hardcourt, meaning she’s fit and firing for a deep run.

Simona Halep @ $11.00

Halep lost the Quarter-Final of the Adelaide International on Thursday in straight sets to Aryna Sabalenka. She also made it only as far as the group stage at the WTA Finals after bowing out in the Round of 32 at the China Open back in September.

Form wise, Halep is far from at her best right now and she is also nursing a back injury. A two-time Grand Slam deserves respect, but Halep’s recent results during this time of year make her one to avoid.

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