Australian Open 2018 Tennis Preview, Betting tips and Predictions

The 2018 Australian Open is scheduled to occur in the second half of January 2018, from 15th through to 28th of the month. It is the 106th edition of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, and it will take place at Melbourne Park. The tournament will consist of both men’s and women’s singles, doubles draws as well as a mixed doubles event. In addition, there will be singles and doubles tournaments for both boys and girls under 18, and also singles, doubles and quad events for men’s and women’s wheelchair tennis players. This first major tennis event of the year will be played on hard courts over a series of 25 courts. The three main show courts are Margaret Court Arena, Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena.

The 2018 Australian Open Wildcard Play-offs and Entries are a group of events to choose the eight men and eight women singles wildcard entries for the final tournament. In addition, seven male and seven female doubles teams plus eight mixed-doubles teams will be selected for the finals. The unseeded players will be involved in a qualifying process between 10th and 14th January, while the official draw for the final tournament will be on 11th.

A brief review of the Australian Open 2017

Last year’s edition of the Australian Open was an interesting tournament as both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were eliminated in the early stages. This paved the way for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to battle it out in the final, which actually was a delightful five-set game. Roger Federer retained the title eventually and now he will be looking to defend it. As for the Women’s Singles category, Serena Williams beat his sister Venus to make history, while Henri Kontinen and John Peers along with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles trophies.

The most recent Australian Open winners:

Men’s tournament:

2017 - Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal

2016 - Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray

2015 - Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray

2014 - Stan Wawrinka beat Rafael Nadal

2013 - Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray

Women’s tournament

2017 - Serena Williams beat Venus Williams

2016 - Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams

2015 - Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova

2014 - Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova

2013 - Victoria Azarenka beat Li Na

Australian Open Trivia - stats and key facts

  • The attendance in the first week of the last year’s edition passed 500,000 fans with 503,382, which was for the first time in tournament history.

  • After winning the title last year, Roger Federer became the first male player to win at least five titles at three different Grand Slams (seven Wimbledon titles, five Australian Open titles and five US Open titles).

  • Margaret Court is the leading winner of the most female titles of Australian Open.

  • Typically there are more than 300 ball boys and girls in attendance each year, while 40,000 tennis balls are used every year in this tournament.

  • Ken Rosewall is the youngest winner to win the championship at the age of 18.

  • Roger Federer is the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall made the US Open final aged 39 and the oldest Grand Slam champions since the same Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open at 37 years and 63 days old.

  • Serena Williams, who won seven Australian Open titles, haven’t dropped a single set in the last year’s edition.

Australian Open 2018 Betting Tips, Predictions and odds

It will come as no surprise to see that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the bookies’ favourites at the head of the betting for the Men’s Australian Open. These two icons dominated the world of tennis in 2017 and they are expected to be at their best at the beginning of 2018. The biggest names in world tennis are set to make their return to the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori have all been sidelined during 2017 due to injury, but all of them have now confirmed they will return healthy for Australian Open 2018.

As for the women’s singles, the defending champion Serena Williams is set to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open. Serena won the title here last year while pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl in September. She hasn’t played competitively since Melbourne, but tournament director Craig Tiley is optimistic that Williams will return here in January. “She’s got her visa, she’s entered, she’s practising and she’s probably just gotta find a bit more space for a bigger entourage,” he told Melbourne’s Herald Sun.

The Australian Open is one of the standout events on the 2018 sporting calendar and every single bookmaker will be offering a range of odds on it. Betting on the Australian Open is popular due to the huge amount of markets throughout the tournament. The event is a great opportunity for gambling fans to make money in tennis sport betting. Gambling is a favourite pastime for most Aussies, which means that loads of money will be at stake in this year’s tournament. Feel free to check out our tennis guide for the Australian Open 2018.

Here are the Australian Open 2018 Outright Betting odds:

Women

Men

Tennis betting is a great opportunity to make money and has become a big ‘business’ over the past few years. The bookies will attempt to outdo each other with offers such as enhanced odds and free bets in order to grab the bettors’ attention. This is a great opportunity for the punters, as usually, the bookmakers provide sign-up offers on both mobile and desktop platforms and loads of free bets. The offers will continue throughout the entire duration of the Australian Open and it will intensify as it reaches the latter stages of the competition. You will get Enhanced Odds for the Big Four players in the Semi-finals and Finals, especially on Britain’s favourite Andy Murray. It’s your choice which bookmakers you will decide to use, but we will be looking to provide you the best free bets and enhanced odds. You can check the latest free bets and enhanced odds for the Australian Open here.

 

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Men's Australian Open 2018 Betting tips and predictions

Roger Federer betting prediction and odds

2017 titles: Seven trophies (Australian Open, Indian Wells Masters, Miami Masters, Halle, Wimbledon, Shanghai Masters and Basel)

Best Australian Open performance: Winner in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2017.

Roger Federer won his 5th Australian Open last year after he mastered Rafael Nadal in the final. This was his first Australian Open title in seven years, but it has to be said that he has reached the Semi-finals on five occasions in this term. Federer has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles in his career, which is the most in history for a male tennis player. Federer has figured out how to handle Rafael Nadal over the past few years, but Rafa isn’t his biggest scare here as the hard-court favourites in the shape of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are back in the game after their injuries.

Back Roger Federer to win the Australian Open 2018 at odds 3/1 with William Hill

Prediction: Roger Federer to be eliminated in the Final

Rafael Nadal chances and betting odds

2017 titles: Six trophies (Monte Carlos Masters, Barcelona, Madrid Masters, French Open, US Open and Beijing)

Best Australian Open performance: Winner in 2009.

Rafa Nadal has been in fantastic shape in 2017, winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the French Open and US Open and also reaching the final of the Australian Open. The Spaniard has struggled against Roger Federer recently, losing the last five meetings with the Swiss, but he still managed to finish the year with the No. 1 ranking. It also need to be said that Rafa withdrew himself from the London ATP World Tour Finals due to a knee injury. Our concern is that the hard courts are always more challenging for Rafa and his record at the Australian Open of one title in 15 attempts suggest that he offers little in the way of value.

Back Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open 2018 at odds  7/2 with William Hill

Prediction: Rafael Nadal to be eliminated in the quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic betting tips and odds

2017 titles: Just two trophies (Doha and Eastbourne)

Best Australian Open performance: Winner in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Novak Djokovic has been the dominant figure at the Australian Open over the past decade, having won six of the last ten Australian Opens. Unfortunately for the Serb, there were some consecutive injuries that caught up with him this year and forced him to have some time off from the ATP circuit. The good news is that Djoko it seems to be fit once again after a long healing process and is ready to hit the courts at the start of next year. Djokovic has won the Australian Open every time when he reached the final round, but never went beyond the quarter-finals when not winning. Despite the fact that he hasn’t played an official game over the past few months, Novak is still the bookies’ third favourite to win the tournament.

Back Novak Djokovic to win the Australian Open 2018 at odds 4/1 with William Hill

Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win the Australian Open 2018

Andy Murray betting predictions and odds

2017 titles: just one, in Dubai.

Best Australian Open performance: Finalist on five occasions (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016)

Similar to Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray hasn’t taken to the court since Wimbledon due to a chronic hip injury. During this term, Andy has chosen to dump his coach Ivan Lendl from his plans for 2018, which means that Jamie Delgado will be the main coach. Andy plans to play the Brisbane International which begins on the 1st of January as preparations ahead of the Australian Open. Although Murray is one of the favourites at Wimbledon next year, Australia will come too soon for him.

Back Andy Murray to win the Australian Open at odds 11/2 with William Hill

Prediction: Andy Murray to be eliminated before the Semi-finals

Stan Wawrinka betting odds and tips

2017 titles: just one, on home soil in Geneva.

Best Australian Open performance: Winner in 2014.

Stan Wawrinka has also struggled with injuries over the past two years, but the Swiss should feel confident ahead of this major tournament. Stan has won three of his last 16 Grand Slams, including two of this last 8 hard court Grand Slams. In addition, Wawrinka has reached the Semi-finals or better in three of the last four years at the Australian Open. Wawrinka has an impressive record at Melbourne, so we fancy him to go deep in the tournament again in January.

Back Stan Wawrinka to win the Australian Open at odds 16/1 with William Hill

Prediction: Stan Wawrinka to reach the Semi-finals

Men’s Australian Open 2018 dark horse - Juan Martin Del Potro

We don’t know how strong Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic will come back, but they all have been in fantastic shape at the Australian Open in the past and this fact couldn’t be written off. Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic can’t be trusted, as they can’t keep their consistency to a high level even if they are in good form. It’s still the Big Four show, but Juan Martin Del Potro is no doubt one of the most talented players in this generation. He has struggled with injuries for the past few years, but he still has Slam winning experience and showed signs of his best game at the US Open. He can definitely go toe-to-toe with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and he proved that at the US Open this summer. The Argentine managed one of the best comebacks in the US Open history, as he fought back from two sets down (1-6, 2-6) to beat Dominic Thiem in the 4th round and followed this up with a tight four sets victory over Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

Back Juan Martin Del Potro to win at odds 22/1 with William Hill

Prediction: Juan Martin Del Potro to reach the quarter-finals

Women's Australian Open 2018 Betting tips and predictions

Serena Williams betting predictions and odds

2017 titles: just one, which was the Australian Open, the only tournament she played last year.

Best Australian Open performance: Winner in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017.

Serena Williams is likely to return to action in Melbourne after a one-year break. She recently gave birth to her first child and it would be an amazing opportunity to defend her title here at the Australian Open. We don’t know how strong she will come back after her recent pregnancy, but she is still the most powerful female player on tour, especially on the hard courts. This means that the ‘GOAT’ is back and she definitely have more than enough to open the new season as the once-again commanding favourite.

Back Serena Williams to win the Australian Open 2018 at odds 4/1 with William Hill

Prediction: Serena Williams to be eliminated in the Final

Garbine Muguruza chances and betting odds

2017 titles: two important tiles (Wimbledon and Cincinnati)

Best Australian Open performance: Quarter-finalist in 2017

Garbine Muguruza looked incredibly solid under the guidance of Conchita Martinez at Wimbledon this summer. She managed to win the tournament and she needs to be grateful to Conchita. The Spanish Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain worked on Muguruza’ serving, including using more slice and going into the body. In my eyes, Garbine is the only player at the moment who can go toe-to-toe with Serena Williams from the back of the court. Actually, Garbine is the only player to beat both Serena and Venus Williams in Grand Slam deciders.

Back Garbine Muguruza to win the Australian Open 2018 at odds 15/2 with William Hill

Prediction: Garbine Muguruza to win the Australian Open 2018

Simona Halep betting tips and odds

2017 titles: just one, in Madrid.

Best Australian Open performance: Quarter-finalist in 2014 and 2015.

Simona Halep is currently the World No.1 in the WTA rankings despite the fact she have only won one title in 2017 and suffered defeats in the first round at the Australian and US Open tournaments. The Australian Open is definitely Halep’s worst major, as she lost in the first round here in the last two appearances and she only managed to reach the quarter-finals twice. The WTA tour was wide open last year, but this year Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are all back on track, while Sloane Stephens and Elina Svitolina have been on a rise over the past few months.

Back Simona Halep to win the Australian Open at odds 9/1 with William Hill

Prediction: Simona Halep to be eliminated in the Semi-finals

Sloane Stephens betting predictions and odds

2017 titles: just one, but the most important in her career as she managed to win the US Open.

Best Australian Open performance: Semi-finalist in 2013.

Sloane Stephens will definitely feel confident ahead of this tournament after her impressive performance at the US Open this summer. However, it must to be said that after winning the US Open, Stephen experienced a slew of first-round losses in both Wuhan and Beijing. In addition, she lost both of her rubbers at the Fed Cup final against Belarus.

Back Sloane Stephens to win the Australian Open 2018 at odds 25/1 with William Hill

Prediction: Sloane Stephens to be eliminated in the Quarter-finals

Maria Sharapova betting odds and tips

2017 titles: first WTA title in two years, as she won the Tianjin Open.

Best Australian Open performance: Winner in 2007, 2012 and 2015.

2017 was a mixed year for Maria Sharapova as she returned from a two-year suspension and has received several wildcards throughout the year. She has struggled with a couple of injuries, but eventually managed to win a first WTA title after two years. She has an impressive record here in Melbourne, winning the title on three occasions and reaching the Semi-finals three times.

Back Maria Sharapova to win the Australian Open 2018 at odds 12/1 with William Hill

Prediction: Maria Sharapova to reach the Semi-finals

Women’s Australian Open 2018 dark horse - Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina’s best performances at the Australian Open have been reaching the third round on three occasions, although she is only 23-years-old. 2017 has been a fantastic year for Svitolina as she have won five WTA titles and reached the World No. 3 ranking for the first time in her career. She managed to defeat big names in the shape of Caroline Wozniacki in Dubai, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep back-to-back at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and beating Venus Williams, Muguruza and Halep at the Rogers Cup.

Back Elina Svitolina to win the Australian Open 2018 at odds 16/1 with William Hill

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to reach the Quarter-finals

For sports enthusiasts out there, this won’t be just a major sports event, but it will be an awesome opportunity for gambling fans to earn big in tennis sports betting. If you are looking to win some money from betting in the Australian Open 2018, then stay tuned because we will provide you with the latest free tennis tips and predictions on this major event.

 

There are a number of factors to consider before placing a bet on the Australian Open in the tennis market and that’s why we have prepared an Australian Open 2018 betting guide. You need to ask yourself if you are backing at the right odds and if your chosen bet is at the right price. If you are serious about betting on the Australian Open, then it’s essential that you have a betting strategy in place. Our tennis experts will try to explain you everything you need to know about how to bet on tennis and the factors that need to be taken into account before placing a bet on the Australian Open 2018. We invest time into knowing how to analyze statistics, odds, players’ form and injuries to deliver you the best tennis tips, predictions and previews. Check out our tennis guide for the Australian Open 2018.