2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles Preview
The 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles (15-28 January) may be remembered for being the tournament in which so many good players returned from injury. Therefore, it’s no surprise to see last year’s winner and number two seed Roger Federer installed as favourite by the bookies, whilst last year’s runner-up and number one seed Rafa Nadal is second favourite.
2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles Betting Guide
Roger Federer 2/1, Rafa Nadal 9/2, Novak Djokovic 6/1, Grigor Dimitrov 11/1, Nick Kyrgios 14/1, Alexander Zverev 16/1, Juan Martin Del Potro 22/1, David Goffin 22/1, Marin Cilic 33/1, Dominic Thiem 40/1, Milos Raonic 50/1, Stan Wawrinka 50/1, Kevin Anderson 75/1
Number one seed Rafa Nadal heads the first-quarter, and last year’s runner-up looks to have a very plausible route to the semi-finals if he’s in the same sort of form as last year. However, after not being seen since limping out of last season’s ATP World Finals after defeat by David Goffin, there has to be a doubt as to whether he will have recovered sufficiently from the type of knee injury which has dogged his career recently. If he has, he should see off the likes of Dzumhur and Isner, before possible facing Cilic in the quarter-final. However, if Nadal hasn’t recovered, Cilic could be a big-price at 33/1 after a semi-final finish warm-up in Chennai recently.
2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles First Quarter Tip: Marin Cilic @ 6/1 SkyBet or 11/2 Coral
Grigor Dimitrov will have big hopes of going at least as far as last year’s semi-final, but could face a big early hurdle in Rublev, who beat him at the 2017 US Open, and may do so again here. Rublev could then also take care of Tsonga. However, those tough matches may take their toll on whichever of those players makes it to the quarter-final, and it may be that number eleven seed Kevin Anderson can put up another big Grand Slam performance after reaching the 2017 US Open Final.
2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles Second Quarter Tip: Kevin Anderson @ 9/1 Betway or SkyBet
A fascinating third quarter with young guns Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem possible having the chance to enhance their reputations against the returning past champions Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic. If fit, Wawrinka may have too much for Thiem on hardcourts, but Zverev is unbeaten against Wawrinka and Djokovic, be those matches at a time when they weren’t at their best, but that again maybe the case here.
2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles Third Quarter Tip: Alexander Zverev @ 4/1 Coral or BetVictor
Reigning Champion Roger Federer would have been hoping for an easy first few matches, but the fourth-quarter looks another intriguing affair. The likes of Richard Gasquet, Sam Querrey and Milos Raonic potentially lay in wait, whilst Goffin and Del Potro would be no pushovers in the Quarter-finals. However, the fast courts seemed to suit Federer so much last season, he should be tough to beat.
2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles First Quarter Tip: Federer @ 8/11 Coral or SkyBet
Semi-Finals and Final
The third-quarter potentially looks that tough on paper, that the winner looks sure to have been worked-over enough to leave them vulnerable to Federer, who may well get a replay of the 2017 Wimbledon Final against Cilic; and we all know what happened there. Therefore Federer, despite the short-price, still looks the most-likely winner.