Even if you are not the biggest fan of tennis, there is something about the major tournaments that makes you want to watch and wager. It is probably because the Grand Slam events are where all the top players come to play, which means we get to see the very best of the best go head to head in every round. The 2018 Australian Open is the first major tournament of the season, which gets underway in Melbourne on Monday, January 15. We will take a look at the women’s event in another piece, but for now, we are going to focus on the men.Roger Federer is back to defend his crown, and he may have some help, as Andy Murray is out injured, while the likes of Nadal, Djokovic, and Wawrinka are all carrying niggling little injuries. The bracket is broken into 4 quarters, so let’s take a closer look at each one, such as the tennis odds for the top contenders.
2018 Australian Open Men’s Round by Round Betting Preview
- Founded: 1905
- Editions: 105
- Location: Melbourne, Australia
- Venue: Melbourne Park
- Surface: Hard – outdoors
- Prize money: A$55,000,000 (2018)
2018 Australian Open Top Contenders
- Roger Federer: +160
- Rafael Nadal: +330
- Novak Djokovic: +375
First QuarterThis section of the bracket is home to Rafael Nadal, and while the Spaniard has looked good coming into the Australian Open, there is always a concern about how his knees will hold up over the course of a two-week event. Nadal made it to the final last year before losing to Federer in a 5-set classic, and he is certainly the favorite to come out of this quarter.That is not to say that is path will be easy, though, as there are some really good players in here, with Marin Cilic being the biggest threat. He and Nadal would meet in the quarterfinals, and if it is those two, keep in mind that Cilic has not beaten Nadal since 2009.
Second QuarterGrigor Dimitrov, the winner at the ATP Finals last November, is the top seed in this quarter and is seeded #3 overall in the tournament. Of the four quarters in the Australian Open draw, this may be the one that is the most open.There is no denying that Dimitrov is a big talent, but he has always found a way to underwhelm in the Grand Slam events. If he does indeed falter, that could well open the door for Jo-Wilfred Tsonga to come out of here and into the semi-finals.
Third QuarterQuarter three is another one that has the potential to be incredibly competitive. You have Dominic Thiem and Sascha Zverev in as the top seeds here, but neither one of these players ended the 2017 season on a high note, which suggests that they may be a little vulnerable here.This quarter is also where you will find Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, both of whom would be ranked much higher if both were not dealing with injuries. This quarter really is a coin flip, and it may be the player who gets on a roll early who comes out of this one.
Fourth QuarterThis is the quarter that is home to Roger Federer, a player who appears to have turned the clock back over the past 12 months, a period that saw him win two Grand Slam events. Looking at the list of players included in this section of the bracket, it’s tough to see anyone who could really topple Federer when he is on his game.Juan Martin del Potro and David Goffin are the most likely challengers, but since they are on the other side of the draw, Federer would only face one of them, which would come at the quarter-final stage. The defending champion should survive and head to the semi-finals of the 2018 Australian Open.
Last 10 Champions
- 2017: Roger Federer
- 2016: Novak Djokovic
- 2015: Novak Djokovic
- 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka
- 2013: Novak Djokovic
- 2012: Novak Djokovic
- 2011: Novak Djokovic
- 2010: Roger Federer
- 2009: Rafael Nadal
- 2008: Novak Djokovic