2018 Australian Open Betting Tips – 15th – 28th January 2018
The end of 2017 in tennis was characterised by the number of world class players who were absent through injury. As we head into the first Grand Slam of 2018, it is absences that once again dominate the coverage.
Andy Murray will be lucky to be back for the grass court season after undergoing hip surgery while Serena Williams recently pulled out of the Australian Open as she’s not yet quite fit enough to compete following the birth of her daughter in September.
There are other injury concerns over some of the big names who will be competing in Melbourne, but what about those who can kick on to win?
Here’s our pick of the best bets from the 2018 Australian Open.
Full Steam Ahead for the Fed Express
While many of the best men in the world suffered with burn out towards the end of last year, Roger Federer showed the value in carefully managing your schedule.
The Swiss legend was very particular with the tournaments he played in 2017 and even skipped Roland Garros. That management paid off as he won two of 2017’s Grand Slams, including the Australian Open.
Of all the things that went well for Federer in Melbourne last year, the increased speed of the courts at Melbourne Park was perhaps the most important. While many of the younger players struggled with the pace, Federer relished the faster surfaces that allowed him to play aggressive tennis at the net and defend with his sliced backhand.
After winning the Hopman Cup alongside Belinda Bencic, Federer is nicely warmed up and looks the very worthy favourite at 2/1 with Winner.
Two Youngsters Ready to Make the Step Up
Although Federer could well win in Melbourne, time is surely nearly up for the 36-year-old.
It’s time for some of the promising young players to step up. Could Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios do just that in Melbourne?
Both men have the talent required to win a Grand Slam but have had question marks around their fitness.
Zverev went down with cramp in his defeat against Rafa Nadal last year but he’s worked hard on his fitness since and it paid off with his first ATP 1000 win in Rome. At 10/1 with William Hill, the 20-year-old German looks a good each-way option.
The same can be said about 22-year-old Kyrgios. He looked majestic when winning his first ATP tournament on home soil last week at the Brisbane International and, unpredictable as he is, we can’t help feeling he has a chance at 16/1 with Betfair.
Women’s Draw as Open as Ever
You might well think that the men’s draw looks very open but that’s nothing compared to the women’s draw for the Australian Open, especially now that there is no Serena in attendance.
A case can be made for at least 20 players going on to win in Melbourne so the best option could well be picking out a few each-way plays at longer odds.
The first of these is Angelique Kerber at 12/1 with 10Bet.
Kerber had the year of her life in 2016, winning the Australian Open and reaching number one in the world. Unfortunately, she struggled with the weight of expectation last year but has looked much freer recently now that she’s under the radar.
British number one, Johanna Konta, also offers appeal at 22/1 with Boylesports. She has an impressive combination of attack and defence and her mental fortitude saw her make the semis in Melbourne 2016.
Finally, have a small stakes play on home favourite, Ashleigh Barty. The talented 21-year-old is tipped for big things and could go deep at 35/1 with Marathonbet.