We show you the list of favorites and their odds for bookmakers facing the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season.
2020 arrived and with it, the first Grand Slam tournament of the ATP tour, the Australian Open.
It will be the 108th edition and will be played from January 14 to 27 at the facilities of the Melbourne Park sports complex. Some of the characteristics of this tournament are the high temperatures present in Australia at this time of year and the speed of its hard surface courts; For this reason, for a few years, the surface of them are made of a material that absorbs less heat and slows the court to minimize the physical wear of the players (Plexicushion).
This year the tournament will have some novelties: how to establish a 10-minute break to rest from the heat after the third set, a new methodology will also be implemented to solve the draws in the last set, the player who scores 10 points and has the advantage of minus 2 points takes the victory.
The current champion is the Swiss Roger Federer, but let’s see how he and his main opponents arrive at the tournament.
Among the first sown are:
Novak Djokovic (Fee 2.25)
The 31-year-old Serbian currently tops the ATP ranking with 9045 points, has won 14 Grand Slam titles, including 6 times the Australian Open, for those and other reasons it looks like the big favorite to win the tournament. On hard court, he closed 2018 with a record of 31 wins and only 6 losses, ended the year playing (and winning) a couple of exhibition games in Abu Dhabi as part of the preparation to face the tournament.
Rafael Nadal (Fee 6.0)
Rafa, although he is a specialist in slow courts, he already knows what it is to win the Australian Open, he took the title in 2009 and since then he has been able to play the final on 3 occasions so it is not crazy to give him the chance to win it again. It comes from injuries in one of his ankles and in the abdominal area, but everything seems to indicate that he is already in good shape and hungry to recover the first place in the ranking, after the US Open where he fell against Del Potro, he reappeared playing a game of exhibition before Kevin Anderson and fell defeated 1-2. There are reasons to doubt, but we already know the Spanish class and that is why it is always among the favorites.
Roger Federer (Fee 6.0)
The super veteran is already in Australia, having won the Hopman Cup for Switzerland. He is the top winner of Grand Slam titles with 20, of which 6 have been in Australia, reasons to be the eternal favorite in ATP tournaments.He has been the winner the last two years there and his style of play adapts perfectly to the conditions of the tournament.
Alexander Zverev (Quota 10.0)
This young 21-year-old German is knocking on the door wanting to sneak into the top of the ATP ranking. It is characterized by dominating the game from both profiles and is looking for its first Grand Slam title. Despite not being a hard court specialist, he is going through a great moment in his career and this may be the opportunity to win and continue adding points in the ranking where he is currently in fourth place.
Kevin Anderson (Fee 51.0)
The South African is looking for his first Grand Slam title in Australia. He lives a good moment in his career and that now makes him a candidate, he likes to play on a hard surface so he will feel like a fish in the water in Melbourne, he prepared for the Australian Open by playing exhibition games in Abu Dhabi where he defeated Rafa Nadal before falling to Novak Djokovic.
Marin Čilić (Fee 21.0)
This 30-year-old Croatian loves to play on the hard court and already knows what it is to take a Grand Slam home since he won the US Open in 2014. In the 2018 edition of the Australian Open he reached the final where he fell in 5 sets against Federer, this year he will go for the rematch and it will have to be taken into account, he took a break in the month of December, but if he keeps on pace he will arrive with enough energy to withstand high temperatures in Australia.
Dominic Thiem (Fee 34.0)
This Austrian player is another one who is pursuing his first Grand Slam title and arrives in Australia with good chances of achieving it although due to the characteristics of his game, fast courts are not his forte. He is a young player who will be focused on advancing in the tournament always with the intention of sneaking into the final stages, he played 3 exhibition games to close the year in Abu Dhabi but he lost them all, it is a detail to take into account.
This edition of the 2019 Australian Open promises many emotions, veterans who refuse to give up spaces and emerging young people who point to the top of the ATP ranking, something worth following closely.