2018 Australian Open Men's Semifinal Expert Predictions

2018 Australian Open Men Semifinals Expert Predictions

Written by on January 24, 2018

It’s hard to believe that the two weeks of the first Grand Slam of the season are almost over, but here we are down to the 2018 Australian Open Men Semifinals round. We will be taking a closer look at the women’s semi-finals in a separate piece, but for now, we are going to focus on the men. Defending champion Roger Federer is still very much in the hunt, but we also have a couple of surprise players making an appearance in the final four.There are two seeded players and two unseeded players set to go in the early hours of Thursday morning, US time, so let’s take a look at the two games that are on tap for you to place a winning tennis betting ticket.

2018 Australian Open Men Semifinals Expert Predictions

Marin Cilic (#6) vs. Kyle Edmund

Marin Cilic Card

  • Age: 29 years
  • Turned pro: 2005
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 89 kg
  • Playing hand: Right-handed
  • Prize money: $20,944,791 USD

Kyle Edmund Card

  • Age: 23 years
  • Turned pro: 2012
  • Height: 188 cm
  • Weight: 83 kg
  • Playing hand: Right-handed
  • Prize money: $2,131,588 USD
Croatian star Marin Cilic has played a lot of tennis in this tournament to get into the final 4, with no less than 7 tie-breaker sets played in the early rounds. He was involved in a classic 5-set game against Rafael Nadal in the semi-final, but that one came to an early end in the deciding set when Nadal was forced to retire with an injury.It’s a bit of a backward step into the semi-finals, but to be fair, Cilic was very much holding his own against the Spaniard prior to that injury. Cilic does have some experience of winning, having picked up 17 titles in his career.British tennis player Kyle Edmund is one of the surprise packages in this year’s Australian Open, making it to the final 4 as an unseeded player. He has already played a pair of 5-set games and has already taken out a pair of seeded players on his way to the semi-final. His latest conquest came in the last round, where he took out #3 seeded Gregor Dimitrov in 4 sets.The young Brit really is in uncharted territory at this point, as he is looking for his first career title since turning pro in 2012, which is why he should come in as the Australian Open Men Semifinals betting underdog.

Hyeon Chung vs. Roger Federer (#2)

Roger Federer Card

  • Age: 36 years
  • Turned pro: 1998
  • Height: 185 cm
  • Weight: 85 kg
  • Playing hand: Right-handed
  • Prize money: $111,885,682 USD

Hyeon Chung Card

  • Age: 21 years
  • Turned pro: 2014
  • Height: 188 cm
  • Weight: 87 kg
  • Playing hand: Right-handed
  • Prize money: $1,709,608 USD
The 21-year old Chung has had one of the toughest roads to the semi-final, beating no less than 3 seeded players on his way to a huge match-up against the defending champion. The first two rounds were somewhat comfortable with a straight-set win and a retired opponent to get started.Once again, Roger Federer is the favorite to dominate the Australian Open Men's Semifinal, this year against Hyeon Chung. Things got tougher from that point forward, with Chung registering a 5-set win over #4 Alexander Zverev before taking down Novak Djokovic in a tough battle in the quarter-final. Chung is still very much in the early stages of his career and has 1 title under his belt thus far.Even before this tournament began, the belief was that to win the Australian Open would mean at some point taking down the defending champion Roger Federer. It’s fair to suggest that Federer has not had the toughest path to the semi-final, but he has made it look easy thus far, has not yet dropped a set through the first 5 rounds.He has only had two games against seeded opponents in this tournament but dealt with both Gasquet and Berdych without any real issues. Federer has amassed 95 titles in his stellar career and needs to be considered the favorite to make it #96 at the 2018 Australian Open. There’s no doubt Roger will be the Australian Open Men Semifinals betting favorite.

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  • 2017: Roger Federer
  • 2016: Novak Djokovic
  • 2015: Novak Djokovic
  • 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka
  • 2013: Novak Djokovic
  • 2012: Novak Djokovic
  • 2011: Novak Djokovic
  • 2010: Roger Federer
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