After sending a message to world No. 1 Andy Murray just over a week ago, the big question heading into the 2016 Australian Open is whether or not world No. 2 Novak Djokovic will regain the stranglehold on the ATP World Tour that he’s displayed for the better part of the last three years?
With the first grand slam event of the season set to get underway in sunny Melbourne, Australia on Monday, January 16, tennis betting enthusiasts across the globe need to know what’s going down at this year’s Aussie Open.
Thanks to the expert predictions that you’re about to get on the top favorites to win this year’s first major, you’re going to be able to maximize your chances of cashing in early and often over the course of the ATP portion of the 2017 Australian Open. Now, let’s get down to business.
Here’s A Closer Look At The 2017 Australian Open Men’s Round Overview And Picks
Men’s Singles Title Odds
Novak Djokovic 11/8
The Djoker brought Andy Murray’s impressive 28-match, five-tournament winning streak to an abrupt halt at the Qatar Open just over a week ago, winning 6-3 5-7 6-4 to gain some confidence heading into the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic has won this grand slam event a whopping six times, including each of the last two years and will have plenty of motivation after losing the No. 1 ranking last year.
Andy Murray 13/8
Murray not only made it to No. 1 in the world for the first time last year, but he also was the runner-up at the first two slams of the year before winning Wimbledon. In 11 Aussie Opens, Murray has been a finalist five times. Odds are, the whiny Scot is due for a win at some point.
Stan Wawrinka 12/1
Wawrinka, the world No. 4, went 46-18 last season and won the U.S. Open in four sets over Novak Djokovic. The sweet-swinging Swiss also won this event in 2014, so nothing’s out of the question for Stan the Man.
Rafael Nadal 12/1
Currently ranked ninth in the world, Rafael Nadal is clearly no longer the force he once was. Rafa got bounced out of last year’s event in the first round and has managed to win just one title (2009). I say it’s not likely to happen for Nadal this year.
Milos Raonic 16/1
The big-serving world No. 3 made the semifinals here last year and the quarters the year before. After falling to Murray at Wimbledon in his first career grand slam final, I say the future looks bright for Raonic and he’ll have another good chance.
Roger Federer 16/1
After losing to Raonic at Wimbledon, Federer shut down his season, but could be an even bigger threat to bag another slam title in 2017 because of it.
“I do believe it (rest) could be very beneficial for the future of my tennis career,” Federer said. “I feel rejuvenated, refreshed. Mentally I needed this rest, maybe more than I thought I would – and maybe also my body needed the rest more than I thought it would.
Fed made the semis at last year’s Aussie Open for the fifth time in the last six years and has bagged this grand slam title four times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010).
Kei Nishikori 25/1
The world No.5 had an anticlimactic 2016 campaign but did make his best run at a grand slam at the Australian Open and has made two straight appearances in the quarterfinal round.
Nick Kyrgios 33/1
The world No. 13 is talented, but has yet to rein in his wild temperament and has never gotten past the quarterfinal round (2015), though he certainly has the talent and firepower to do so.
Grigor Dimitrov 33/1
While world No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov has never made it past the quarterfinal round (2014) he’s gotten his 2017 campaign off to a fantastic start. Dimitrov claimed his first title in over two years last week as he beat Kei Nishikori in three sets to win the Brisbane International.
Marin Cilic 50/1
Marin Cilic has the game to bet anyone on the planet, but he’s never performed very well at the Australian Open, with an appearance in the semifinal round in 2010 being his best outing yet. Cilic got knocked out in the first round last year and hasn’t made it past the third round in since 2011.
Overall Analysis: I’m going with a pick for Novak Djokovic to win his seventh Australian open title and get his 2017 campaign started off with a statement-making victory that he, and not Andy Murray, is still the best player on the ATP World Tour. Djokovic’s win over Murray will provide the belief he’ll need and the loss of his World No. 1 ranking is added motivation.
Speaking of Murray, I’m thinking he’s getting bounced out in the quarters. My other trio of stars to reach the final four are Kei Nishikori, young Alexander Zeverev and…drum roll please….Grigor Dimitrov.