The 107th Australian Open will be held from Jan. 14-27 at Melbourne Park in what will be the first edition of the tournament with a 10 points tie-break when the final set reaches 6-6.
Can Djokovic Deliver as Odds-On Favorite?
Novak Djokovic leads the field at the 2019 Australian Open after winning the last two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and at the US Open. Djokovic ended 2018 as the world No.1 and playing at Melbourne Park brings back many happy memories to the Serbian. The 31-year-old is the most successful man at the Australian Open in the Open Era with six titles in 14 appearances.
Djokovic is available at +130 to win the Australian Open title with BetOnline, a good distance ahead of second favorites Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at +650 to win outright at Pinnacle. Last year, Federer was the singles champion for the sixth time in his career. The Swiss won back-to-back titles in Melbourne for the first time since 2007 and has yet to lose a match at the Australian Open since the tournament organizers increased the court speed in 2017.
In 2008, the Australian Open changed the surface from Rebound Ace to Plexicushion, which offers a slower and more predictable bounce. Djokovic was the main beneficiary of a slower surface, winning all his six Australian Open titles since the change to Plexicushion. The world No.1 dominated this tournament in recent years, winning five titles between 2011 and 2016. However, Djokovic has yet to lift a trophy in Melbourne since the court speed increased two years ago.
Federer only won one of his last seven Grand Slam encounters against Djokovic and it won’t be easy for the 37-year-old to defeat such a tough competitor as Novak in a best-of-five set match. Nevertheless, the fast conditions at Melbourne Park suit Federer’s style with the Swiss losing only two sets in the last edition of the Australian Open. Djokovic is the obvious choice but the value is on Federer’s side to win the title and rewrite history at +650 with Pinnacle.
Dimitrov Looking to Bounce Back in Melbourne
Grigor Dimitrov had a breakthrough season in 2017. Not only did he win the Nitto ATP Finals and his maiden Masters 1000 title at Cincinnati, Dimitrov also reached the Australian Open semifinals for the first time in his career. Unfortunately, the 27-year-old failed to meet expectations in 2018, ending the year outside the Top 15. Dimitrov desperately needs to turn things around after a disappointing year and will have the help of Andre Agassi in the Australian swing. The former world No.1 accepted Dani Vallverdu’s invitation to help Dimitrov regain his confidence.
Dimitrov will open his 2019 season at the Brisbane International before heading to the Australian Open. The Bulgarian superstar won the title in Brisbane two years ago and is always a serious contender for the title. Dimitrov is currently at +5000 with Intertops to win the Australian Open but this price should drop if Grigor has a good week in Brisbane. Adding to this, the world No.19 holds an impressive 90.48% winning record throughout his career in Melbourne when priced as favorite. Dimitrov has proven to be a solid investment at the Australian Open and his tennis betting odds present a great opportunity to edge in the final stages of the tournament.