Australian Open 2019 Men's Favourites
The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam in the tennis calendar; a chance for the top players in the world to lay down their marker for the year ahead. So what lies in wait in January at the Melbourne Park complex? The last decade and a half of men's tennis has been largely dominated by three players - namely Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. What makes the Australian Open so intriguing is that all three of those men claimed Grand Slam titles last year and will have their eyes firmly fixed on the first big prize of 2019.
Here we take a look at the Australian Open 2019 men's betting favourites, ahead of one of the most eagerly anticipated tennis showpieces in recent memory. Bet UK also has the latest tennis betting odds for all events this year on our online sportsbook.
Novak Djokovic To Win The 2019 Australian Open - 6/5*
Djokovic, the current world number one, rebounded fully from a difficult 2017 last year by picking up two more majors to add to his amazing tally. Wimbledon and the US Open became Grand Slams number 13 and 14 respectively, as the Serb put the problems with injuries and his coaching team behind him. Djokovic's return to form, which also included several Masters titles, simply spells danger for the rest of the field. One of three men - along with Roger Federer and Roy Emerson - to win six Australian Opens, Djokovic is surely in pole position to get his hands on the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup once again.
Rafael Nadal To Win The 2019 Australian Open - 7/1*
Another one of the major forces in men's tennis who has overcome injury problems is Rafael Nadal, who has proved over the last two years that he still has what it takes to take the top honours. After claiming the French Open and US Open in 2017, Nadal followed those wins up in 2018 with an incredible 11th French Open triumph, along with a 33rd Masters title. Melbourne Park has not always been the happiest hunting ground for Nadal - he has lost four of the finals he has played in - but the Spaniard will be keen to repeat his 2009 triumph, which was sealed with an epic five-set win against Federer, providing he can shake off some recent abdominal concerns.
Roger Federer To Win The 2019 Australian Open - 5/1*
How many chapters does the Roger Federer story have left? There can't be many more, but the reigning Australian Open champion keeps proving that he has the fuel in the tank to win Grand Slam titles. He won his 20th major in 2018, as well as reclaimed the world number one spot for a period. Federer loves the Australian Open, and the Australian Open loves Federer - the Swiss has a joint-record six titles Down Under, and despite being 37 years of age, has to be seen as one of the main contenders again.
Andy Murray To Win The 2019 Australian Open - 30/1*
You might not have typically got odds of 14/1 with some bookies for an Andy Murray Grand Slam win over the years, but the Scot is facing up to a different stage of his career after battling back from major hip surgery. The former world number one dropped out of the top 800 and did not have sufficient playing time towards the back end of last season to indicate whether or not he is back in top form. Murray does, however, have a fantastic record of reaching the final in Melbourne, having come runner-up no fewer than five times. He will be desperate to rediscover his best game and put in another top showing.
Alexander Zverev To Win The 2019 Australian Open - 8/1*
After his countryman's recent win at the ATP Finals in London, tennis legend Boris Becker crowned Alexander Zverev as "the best of the next generation". If Zverev is able to carry the weight of expectation which has come with his capture of tennis' 'fifth Grand Slam', he will surely be figuring in the latter stages of the majors soon enough. The 21 year-old's furthest run at the Australian Open thus far is to the third round, but should his ATP Finals triumph represent a 'coming of age', in 2019 he is set to go deeper. We can expect to see Zverev take a lot of confidence from his big ATP Finals wins against Federer and Djokovic. No player looks more likely than Zverev to break their Grand Slam duck in Melbourne.
Going by recent Grand Slam form, Novak Djokovic looks like a shoo-in for the 2019 Australian Open, but as we all know, the major events have a history of throwing upsets up along the way. Djokovic himself was on the receiving end of a shock in 2017, when he was dumped out by number 117-ranked Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan. It proves that even the greats can fail, and if he does exit early, that will leave the door wide open for the likes of Federer and Nadal, as well as others such as Zverev and Murray.
Whether or not you’re planning to back one of the men’s favourites with a bet on the 2019 Australian Open, one thing is for sure - this year’s tournament is shaping up to be a classic.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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