Will world No. 2 Novak Djokovic go ‘back-to-back’ Down Under after winning it all a year ago? Could world No. 1 Rafael Nadal hoist the hardware by winning his first Aussie Open title since 2009? Could world No. 3 Roger Federer get back the title he won in 2017 and 2018 to claim his first major in two years or could one of the ATP Tour’s up-and-coming young stars like Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas break the Big Three’s dominance to hoist the first grand slam trophy of their respective careers? With 2020 Australian Open betting set to get underway on Monday, January 20, let’s find out who’s looking good in the Men’s first round.
2020 Australian Open Men’s Round 1 Betting Preview & Predictions
No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. Jan-Lennard Struff
The reigning champ and seven-time Australian Open champion comes into this year’s Aussie Open having won all six of his matches at the inaugural ATP Cup last week while taking out the likes of Kevin Anderson, Gael Monfils, Denis Shapovalov, Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic is 2-0 in head-to-head matches against Jan-Lennard Struff while never dropping a set. Points blank – it would take a series of major miracles for Djokovic to drop his opener.
Pick: Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 Roger Federer vs. Steve Johnson
The incomparable Roger Federer won it all here in consecutive years before getting knocked out in the fourth round a year ago. Still, Federer is looking good as he gets set to make his 2020 debut.
The 38-year-old Federer has taken on ‘NCAA legend’ Steve Johnson twice while winning both times without dropping a set. While Johnson possesses some firepower, he’s not nearly versatile to beat Federer no matter where they play. This opener looks like another easy win for Mr. RF Forever!
Pick: Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. Hugo Dellien
While Rafael Nadal hasn’t won an Aussie Open title since 2009 and has never played unheralded Bolivian Hugo Dellien in his stupendous career, this opener looks like an absolute cakewalk matchup for the world No.1, seeing as how Dellien was eliminated in first round qualifying at Auckland while winning just one game in the match. Nadal will be motivated after dropping two of his last three matches against David Goffin and Djokovic at the ATP Cup in Brisbane and he’ll get the easy, three-set win in this mismatch.
Pick: Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Daniil Medvedev vs. Frances Tiafoe
Daniil Medvedev took the only ATP meeting against Frances Tiafoe 6-2, 7-5 in Washington last year, but it was Tiafoe that got the win when these two squared off as juniors. While Tiafoe has a ton of firepower, Medvedev showed last year that he is undeniably ready to take on the Big Three. Consistency and superior strategy will be the reasons why Medvedev gets it done here – in a five-set thriller.
Pick: Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4