Australian Open 2018

January 15th - 28th

The Australian Open is one of the four major Grand Slam tournaments taking place around the world each year offering punters the best tennis betting markets.

Held annually in Melbourne the Australian Open runs in the summer down under over the last two weeks January, sometimes into February, and is the first of the Grand Slam events.

First held in 1905 but officially known as the Australian Open in 1969, the tournament offers around $55 million in prize money and punters can enjoy a share of their own winnings with a Grand Slam bet on the Aussie Open. Like all Grand Slam tournaments the Australian Open is divided up into a number of titles.

Australian Open 2018

  • Dates: January 15 – 28, 2018
  • Edition: 106th
  • Grand Slam: 1st of 2018
  • City: Melbourne
  • Venue: Melbourne Park
  • Sponsor: Kia
  • 2018 Men’s Singles Champion: Roger Federer (2018)
  • 2018 Women’s Singles Champion: Caroline Wozniacki (2018)
 

2018 Australian Open Results

2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles Final Results

  • Result: Roger Federer (2) defeated Marin Cilic (6)
  • Score: 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
  • Date: Sunday January 28, 2018

Further solidifying why he is the greatest tennis player that ever lived, Switzerland’s Roger Federer overcame a fantastic Marin Čilić in the 2018 Australia Open Final on Sunday night. After starting very well in the first set, the Croatian fought back to set up a 5-setter against the defending Aus Open champion. The Swiss master now moves to an unmatched and unrivalled 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles. An emotional Federer lifted the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup for the 6th time in front of an Adoring Rod-Laver crowd.

2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles Final Results

  • Result: Caroline Wozniacki (2) defeated Simona Halep (1)
  • Score: 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-4
  • Date: Saturday January 27, 2018

The climactic 2018 Aus Open Women’s Final between two Australian Open Grand Slam debutants took place on Saturday evening. Dubbed by many as being one of the more impressive Women’s Finals seen in recent times, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki defeated Romania’s Simona Halep in three high quality sets 7-6(7-2), 3-6, 6-4. Caroline’s victory marked the first time a Danish player had ever won a Grand Slam title.

2018 Australian Open Draw & Previews

2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles Final Preview: Day 14

Saturday January 28, 2018

Roger Federer vs. Marin Čilić

This is the 2nd time Roger and Marin have met in a Grand Slam Final with the Swiss maestro being victorious in Wimbledon last year. If he were to repeat the effort once again against the Croatian he will achieve an unbelievable 20th Grand Slam Singles Title. Marin Cilic has had an easy straight sets win over Kyle Edmund to reach the final so he should be firing on all Cylinders. Millions around the world will tune in to see if the greatest ever can achieve a 6th Australian Open Title on Sunday night.

2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles Final Preview: Day 13

Saturday January 27, 2018

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Simona Halep

A debut grand slam winner will come out of the Women’s Final of the Australian Open 2018. Both Caroline and Simona have both made 2 grand slam finals respectively and will look to take a first Australian Open Title on Saturday evening on Rod Laver Arena. Both competitors had very impressive Semi Final performances including arguably the match of the tournament between Halep and the 2016 Champions Angelique Kerber. The women’s division this year has clearly shown the cream has risen to the top with both the no.1 and 2 seeds making the climactic final. Will it be a Dane or a Romanian to achieve ultimate glory in Melbourne?

2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles Semifinal 1 Preview: Day 11

Thursday January 25, 2018

Marin Čilić vs. Kyle Edmund

The first Men’s Singles Semi of the Australian Open 2018 takes place on Thursday night and World no. 6 Marin Čilić is favourite to defeat Kyle Edmund on way to a second Grand Slam success. In the quarterfinals, Čilić was the shock winner over Rafael Nadal who retired with injury from the match. The hopes of Britain meanwhile lie with Edmund who was brilliant in his lead-up victory over Gregor Dimitrov. South African-born Edmund could prove the value here on the hardcourt as he takes on Čilić for just the second time. Čilić won their previous encounter at the ATP Tour Masters 1000 last year, but can he make it two from two?

2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles Semifinal 2 Preview: Day 12

Friday January 26, 2018

Hyeon Chung vs. Roger Federer

South Korean sensation Hyeon Chung has been dubbed the giant-slayer this Australian Open tournament, but taking on the defending champion and 19-time Grand Slam hero Roger Federer is a tough ask. Chung is the $5 underdog for his semi-final on Australia Day night against the outstanding 36-year-old Federer whose lead-up quarterfinal victory over Tomas Berdych was clinical. This should still be a beauty of a game to tune in for, Chung the first Korean to make into any Grand Slam top four and Federer the oldest to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in 41 years.

 

2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles Semifinals Preview: Day 11

Thursday January 25, 2018

 

Elise Mertens vs. Caroline Wozniacki

Both the Australian Open Semifinals in the Women’s Singles play out on Thursday afternoon starting with World no. 2 Caroline Wozniacki as favourite to beat Belgium Elise Mertens. Both women are chasing their maiden Grand Slam success but it is the 27-year-old Dane Wozniacki that the tennis experts are tipping. She is in outstanding form and her hardcourt record over the past year is outstanding. A confident Mertens can make it a close semi, the 22-year-old clinical in her lead-up victory over fourth seed Elina Svitolina.

Simona Halep vs. Angelique Kerber

In the second Women’s Singles Semi-Final of the Australian Open, it’s a close betting battle between narrow favourite Angelique Kerber and World No. 1 Simona Halep. Halep comes off a convincing victory over Karolina Pliskova and plays her first semi-final at Melbourne Park. Halep is after her 10th win on the trot in a brilliant run despite her first round ankle injury, but she’ll need to dig deep after Kerber took under 51 minutes to win her quarter-final against Madison Keys.

Current Australian Open Champions: Major Titles

  • Men’s Singles: Current champion Roger Federer (2018)
  • Men’s Doubles: Current champions Oliver Marach / Mate Pavic (2018)
  • Women’s Singles: Current champion Caroline Wozniacki (2018)
  • Women’s Doubles: Current champions Timea Babos / Kristina Mladenovic (2018)
  • Mixed Doubles: Current champions Gabriella Dabrowski / Mate Pavic (2018)

There are also Australian Open divisions for junior’s championships, wheelchair, legends and exhibition events although betting on these comps is less popular.

In 1988 the Australian Open was changed from a grass tournament to being played on the hardcourt surfaces at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and currently attracts the highest attendance records second only to the US Open. Formerly known as the Australasian Championships and Australian Championships, the title Australian Open was adopted in 1969.

Previous cities the Australian Open has been contested:

  • Melbourne (56)
  • Sydney (17)
  • Adelaide (14)
  • Brisbane (7)
  • Perth (3)
  • Christchurch, New Zealand (1)
  • Hastings, New Zealand (1)

Lead-up tournaments the world’s top seeded tennis players come into the Australian Open via include the Brisbane International, Sydney Open, Kooyong Classic and Hopman Cup. The Australian Open is part of the ATP World Tour and WTA World Tour seasons.

The Women’s Singles Australian Open winner is awarded the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, named in honour of former World No. 3 player and five-time Aussie Open Women’s Singles champion.

The Men’s Singles Australian Open winner is awarded with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, named after former World No. 1 Sir Norman Brookes who won the 1911 Australian Open.

Australian Open Odds & Betting

Australian Open betting is a major event for punters on the annual world sporting calendar and odds on which players will be crowned the year’s Australian Open winners are open months in advance of the summer tennis tournament.

The most popular Australian Open odds are those offered on the Grand Slam matches over the competition at head-to-head pricing. There are also plenty of exotic Aussie Open betting markets on everything from five-set betting predictions and the first player to serve a game to love. Punters can also place bets on their Australian Open tips on other results like the second set winner, total games being odd/even and who will break serve first.

Along with the match-by-match Australian Open winner markets and set betting punters can cash in on juicy tennis odds at futures prices on the Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles and Doubles winners markets at all-in prices pre-tournament.

The 2019 Australian Open is the next edition of this time-honoured tennis tournament and betting on the Men’s Singles Winner and Women’s Singles Winner will be open early next year.

Australian Open Past Winners

While the Australian Open has run since 1905 it has been contested as one of the four Grand Slam tournaments every year since 1987. The Open Era dates back to 1969 and as of 2016 there has been 48 editions.

The Men’s Singles Champion plays for the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup trophy and Serbian champion Novak Djokovic holds the equal most Men’s Singles titles (6) along with Roger Federer (6), as well as the most consecutive titles won (since 1969) of three (2011-13). Novak Djokovic also holds a perfect 6 – 0 record in the final of the Australian Open.

  • Novak Djokovic Australian Open Records
  • Most Men’s Singles titles (6)
  • Most consecutive titles since 1969 (3)
  • Perfect Australian Open Finals record (6 – 0)

Australia won five of the first eight Open Era Men’s Singles titles from 1969-76, but the last local Men’s Singles Australian Open winner was Mark Edmondson (1976). The other most successful male Australian Open champions in the Open Era with six titles is Roger Federer from Switzerland.

Past Australian Open Men’s Singles Winners

Below are the Australian Open Men’s Singles Past Winners dating back to 2000.

Year Country Champion Country Runner-Up Score
2000 USA Andre Agassi RUS Yevgeny Kafelnikov 3–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
2001 USA Andre Agassi FRA Arnaud Clément 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
2002 SWE Thomas Johansson RUS Marat Safin 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2003 USA Andre Agassi GER Rainer Schüttler 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
2004 SUI Roger Federer RUS Marat Safin 7–6(7–3), 6–4, 6–2
2005 RUS Marat Safin AUS Lleyton Hewitt 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
2006 SUI Roger Federer CYP Marcos Baghdatis 5–7, 7–5, 6–0, 6–2
2007 SUI Roger Federer CHI Fernando González 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 6–4
2008 SRB Novak Djokovic FRA Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6(7–2)
2009 ESP Rafael Nadal SUI Roger Federer 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–2
2010 SUI Roger Federer GBR Andy Murray 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(13–11)
2011 SRB Novak Djokovic GBR Andy Murray 6–4, 6–2, 6–3
2012 SRB Novak Djokovic ESP Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
2013 SRB Novak Djokovic GBR Andy Murray 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–3, 6–2
2014 SUI Stan Wawrinka ESP Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
2015 SRB Novak Djokovic GBR Andy Murray 7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–0
2016 SRB Novak Djokovic GBR Andy Murray 6–1, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
2017 SUI Roger Federer ESP Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
2018 SUI Roger Federer CRO Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

The aspring Women’s Singles Champion plays for the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup and in the Open Era, American powerhouse Serena Williams holds the most Open Era titles with seven after her 2017 success. The women’s singles was first contested in 1922 and the all-time record belongs to Aussie Margaret Court (7 Amateur Era titles; 4 Open Era wins) who held the ranking of World No. 1 in 1962.

Court (1969-71) is also one of six women’s singles champions to enjoy three consecutive Australian Open titles in their division along with Evonne Goolagong (1974-76), Steffi Graf (1988-90), Monica Seles (1991-93) and Martina Hingis (1997-99).

In the Open Era Australia enjoyed an early dominance in the Women’s Australian Open Singles with 10 wins from 11 tournaments played from 1969-78. Chris O’Neil (1978) however is the last Aussie to keep the trophy at home.

Past Australian Open Women’s Singles Winners

Below are the Australian Open Women’s Singles Past Winners dating back to 2000.

Year Country Champion Country Runner-Up Score
2000 USA Lindsay Davenport SUI Martina Hingis 6–1, 7–5
2001 USA Jennifer Capriati SUI Martina Hingis 6–4, 6–3
2002 USA Jennifer Capriati SUI Martina Hingis 4–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
2003 USA Serena Williams USA Venus Williams 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–4
2004 BEL Justine Henin BEL Kim Clijsters 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
2005 USA Serena Williams USA Lindsay Davenport 2–6, 6–3, 6–0
2006 FRA Amélie Mauresmo BEL Justine Henin 6–1, 2–0 retired
2007 USA Serena Williams RUS Maria Sharapova 6–1, 6–2
2008 RUS Maria Sharapova SRB Ana Ivanovic 7–5, 6–3
2009 USA Serena Williams RUS Dinara Safina 6–0, 6–3
2010 USA Serena Williams BEL Justine Henin 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
2011 BEL Kim Clijsters CHN Li Na 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
2012 BLR Victoria Azarenka RUS Maria Sharapova 6–3, 6–0
2013 BLR Victoria Azarenka CHN Li Na 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
2014 CHN Li Na SVK Dominika Cibulková 7–6(7–3), 6–0
2015 USA Serena Williams RUS Maria Sharapova 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
2016 GER Angelique Kerber USA Serena Williams 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
2017 USA Serena Williams USA Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4
2017 SUI Roger Federer ESP Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
2018 DEN Caroline Wozniacki ROM Simona Halep 7-6(7-2), 3-6, 6-4

Australian Open Records

Plenty of amazing Australian Open records have been set since the tournament opened up to professional tennis players in 1969, which began the Open Era.

The most Australian Open Men’s singles titles is a tennis record co-held by Roy Emerson, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer with six a piece. Adrian Quist holds the record for most doubles titles – an incredible 10. In the Women’s Singles at the Aussie Open Margaret Court has the most titles (11) of all-time including her four in the Open Era. Serena Williams though has scored seven Australian Open Women’s Singles titles in the Open Era giving her the modern-day record.

Men’s Aus Open Records

  • Most Singles Titles: Roy Emerson (6), Novak Djokovic (6), Roger Federer (6)
  • Most Doubles Titles: Adrian Quist (10)

Women’s Aus Open Records

  • Most Singles Titles: Margaret Court (11), Open Era Record: Serena Williams (7)
  • Most Doubles Titles: Thelma Coyne Long (12)

Youngest Australian Open Winners

  • Men’s Singles: Ken Rosewall in 1953 (18 yrs 2 months)
  • Women’s Singles: Martina Hingis in 1997 (16 yrs 4 months)

Longest Australian Open Match

2012 Australian Open Final: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal (5 hrs 53 minutes – Longest Open Era Grand Slam Final)

Australian Open Betting

Roger Federer won his 20th Men’s Singles Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open.