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Melbourne Park hosts the first Grand Slam of the season between the 15th and 28th of January. The second round gets underway this Wednesday with all the main contenders to the Australian Open title still in competition. Join us while we analyze their chances to lift the trophy and highlight some valuable players to keep an eye during the next two weeks of action.
Roger Federer is the clear favorite to retain his Australian Open title @2.87 with Bet365. The 36-year-old, who is gunning for a 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne Park, didn’t experience any problems on his opening match with a straight-sets win over Aljaz Bedene. Adding to this, Federer didn’t allow a single break of serve to his opponent.
Whether the decision to speed up the Australian Open courts was intentional or not, the truth is that the new game conditions suit Federer. Nevertheless, the defending champion won’t have an easy task in Melbourne with Novak Djokovic as the toughest opponent on his half of the draw.
The six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic is the most successful player in the tournament’s history, along with Roy Emerson. Despite a long absence, the 30-year-old started his campaign with an impressive victory over Donald Young. Djokovic’s love affair with the Australian Open is well-known, with the Serbian saying that there is no better place for him to start playing again after six months than in Australia.
Even though we agree with Roger’s favoritism, it’s hard to ignore Djokovic’s brilliant career record on this event. On the other hand, he is a nightmare in best-of-five sets matches with Federer winning only 2 of their last 10 encounters on Grand Slam events. For that reason, the value is definitely on Novak’s odds to lift the trophy @7.00 at Betfair Sportsbook.
Rafael Nadal showed no signs of knee problems with a ruthless 6 – 1, 6 – 1, 6 – 1 victory over Victor Estrella Burgos. With Federer and Djokovic on the bottom half of the draw, the 2009 Australian Open champion is the undisputed favorite to reach the championship match on the other half. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to find any value on his current price to reach the final @2.37 with Bet365.
Nick Kyrgios is going through a great moment in his career after winning his 4th career title at the Brisbane International. The 22-year-old is trying to become the first Australian to win the title in Melbourne since Mark Edmondson in 1976. Despite the concerns regarding Nick’s physical condition, the Canberran outclassed Rogério Dutra Silvain with straight-sets on his opening match.
Moreover, the No.17 fired an impressive average of 1.23 aces per service game. Known as one of the best servers in tennis history, it won’t be easy for anyone to break Nick’s serve on these fast court conditions. With this in mind, Kyrgios is definitely the dark horse to keep an eye on this event with Bet365 offering an interesting odd of 13.00 for the Australian to win the title.
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