The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament for the year and one of the biggest
and most prestigious competitions in this sport. At this moment the Australian Open is underway in
Melbourne and we are going to examine it a little bit in our tennis betting tips for today.
In this article we are going to take a look what’s happening with the men’s singles. The legendary
Roger Federer is the current champion in Melbourne. He has won the competition 6 times in his
career so far – the same amount as Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic. This year Federer and
Djokovic will have the chance to win and eventually become the most successful player in the
history of the Australian Open. It’s going to be an impressive achievement, there’s no doubt about
Novak Djokovic is the current №1 in world tennis and seeded as the №1 in Melbourne. In the first
round he started with a pretty comfortable win, beating in three sets the American Mitchell Krueger.
In the next round the Serbian will have a tougher task, because he’s going to meet the experienced
Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga reached the second round of the competition with a win
over Martin Klizan.
Speaking of Roger Federer, the Swiss Maestro also started his participation in the tournament with
a win. Federer faced Denis Istomin in the first round, also achieving a win in three sets. In the
second round Roger will face the British player Daniel Evans, who beat the Japanese Tatsuma Ito
few days ago.
The champion from 2009 Rafael Nadal also began his participation in Melbourne with a win in the
first round. In his first official match since September, El Matador didn’t have any trouble against
the Australian James Duckworth, beating him in three sets. In the second round the Spanish
veteran will face another Australian player – Matthew Ebden, who enjoyed a victory over Jan Struff
in the first round.
The young German Alexander Zverev is another player who is aiming to win the title in Australia. In
the first round Zverev also didn’t lose a set, beating in three the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene. The 21-
years old Zverev is considered as one of the biggest talents in tennis right now, but he’s still trying
to win his first Grand Slam title. His best result in Australia is reaching the third round, which he did
twice – in 2017 and 2018. Now his goals are much bigger, of course. In the second round
Alexander Zverev is going to face the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who achieved a five set win over
his countryman Ugo Humbert in the first round.
In our tennis betting tips we can’t also miss out on saying few words about the №6 in the main
draw Marin Cilic. The Croatian Grand Slam winner already won his first match in Melbourne this
year, defeating the Australian Bernard Tomic in three sets. In the second round Cilic is going to
face the American Mackenzie McDonald, who enjoyed a win over Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the
The №5 seeded Kevin Anderson also started his Australian adventure with a win. The veteran
from South Africa defeated the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in four sets. In the second round
Anderson is going to face the American Frances Tiafore, who enjoyed a three sets win over
Prajnesh Gunneswaran in his first match on Australian soil.
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov is a player who we usually follow with huge interest. The talented
Bulgarian is a player with enormous qualities, but he’s still fighting to reach his first Grand Slam
final in his career. This year Dimitrov is seeded as №20 in Melbourne. In the first round he lost the
first set against Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic, but enjoyed a win. In the second round Grigor will face
Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas, who defeated Dusan Lajovic in the first round.
The №9 in the main draw John Isner suffered a dissapointment in the first round of the tournament.
The heavy serving American suffered a defeat in four sets against his countryman Reilly Opelka. In
the next round Opelka is going to face the Italian Thomas Fabbiano, who defeated the Australian
Jason Kubler in the first round.
The Czech veteran Tomas Berdych is not seeded in Melbourne this year, but he’s usually a player
who can beat everyone. He proved that in the first round, when he defeated the №13 seeded Kyle
Edmund from Great Britain in three sets. In the second round Berdych will face the Dutch player
Robin Haase, who on the other hand won against the Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Although
he’s already 33-years old, Tomas Berdych remains a very solid player. In 2010 he reached his only
Grand Slam final so far, when he reached the fight for the title at Wimbledon. His best
performances in Australia came in 2014 and 2015, when he reached the 1/2-finals. How you can
see, Berdych is a very serious name in the main draw.
The Austrian Dominic Thiem is №7 in the main draw this year. Thiem is a very talented player, who
can cause some upsets in Melbourne. He already won his first game for this year, defeating the
Frenchman Benoit Paire in the first round. In the second round Thiem will face Australia’s Alexei
Popyrin, who on the other hand won against Germany’s Mischa Zverev.
This is our look at the men’s main draw at this year’s Australian Open. In our tennis betting tips we
can conclude that this shall be a very interesting tournament. Players like Federer, Nadal and
Djokovic are the “usual suspects” for winning the title, but in same time you shall not
underrestimate the chances of talented players like Zverev, Raonic, Dimitrov, Nishikori, Cilic and
more. For Roger Federer it’s going to be difficult to defend his title, while Novak Djokovic is aiming
to become the most successful player in the history of the tournament. The same could be
achieved by Federer as well, if the Swiss legend won the competition for 7th time.
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