Quarter Betting: Men’s Main Draw
The first Grand Slam of the decade is hotting up in Melbourne with much of the opening round furore centring round Novak Djokovic and whether he can win his 8th title in Australia. The usual suspects in the form of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have eased through the opening rounds in Melbourne whilst youngsters Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem have also progressed along with home hope Nick Kyrgios. It has been a seemingly routine week for most of the big names in the game so far and it promises to be a fascinating fortnight in Melbourne.
Here are our Quarter Betting Australian Open predictions:
World number 1 Rafael Nadal hasn’t won the Australian Open in over a decade and the Mallorcan will be looking to put that record straight here. Despite not always playing his best tennis on the hard courts, Nadal looks well placed at 8/13 with Bet365 to reach the last 4.
French open runner up Dominic Thiem will be hoping to break his Grand Slam duck in 2020 and the Austrian got off to a flyer in his opening round win in Melbourne and he looks well placed at 9/2 with Bwin to push Nadal all the way.
In light of the desperate bushfires that have plagued Australia in recent weeks, Nick Kyrgios is one of the country’s great sporting hopes currently. The Australian has improved markedly in the last 12 months and he should not be discarded at 6/1 with Ladbrokes to reach a maiden Grand Slam semi-final.
Enigmatic Frenchman Gael Monfils is has enjoyed his best season on the ATP Tour in recent years though 2019-20 and has climbed into the world’s top 10 as a result. He looked in supreme form in his opening round win and at 12/1 with Ladbrokes – he will fancy his chances in Melbourne of reaching the semi-finals.
2019 US Open runner up Daniil Medvedev came of age on the ATP Tour in 2019 and the Russian is seeded 4 at Melbourne this year. He overcame a tricky opening round tie against Frances Tiafoe with relative ease and he looks a decent shout Evens with 888sport to win the second quarter and reach the semi-finals.
Fellow youngster Alexander Zverev is still awaiting his breakthrough at Grand Slam level and 2020 could be his year to crack the elite of the game. The German reached the ATP World Tour Finals showpiece in November and tends to play his best tennis on hard courts and should not be ruled out at all at 5/1 with William Hill.
Russian youngster Andrey Rublev came back to form in 2019 with a bang and climbed into the world’s top 20 following a string of impressive wins following his injury hiatus. His all-round game looks tailor-made for hard court tennis and at 8/1 with Mansion Bet to reach the last 4 – he could be the one to pick in this open quadrant.
David Goffin enjoyed a superb end to 2019 and the Belgian is knocking on the door of the world’s top 10 once more. Often troubled by injury problems, Goffin can be inconsistent but he can beat anyone on his day and at 10/1 with Ladbrokes, he looks to be another reasonable pick in quarter 2.
Six-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer once again looks in decent form in Melbourne – having breezed through his opening round. The Swiss supremo tends to play his best stuff at the Australian Open and he looks well placed at 4/6 with Betfred to reach yet another semi-final.
Italian world number 8 Matteo Berretini enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2019 with big wins over many of the biggest names in the game and an appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. He could be a strong outside pick at 7/1 with Ladbrokes if things don’t go Federer’s way.
2018 semi-finalist, Grigor Dimitrov finished the 2019 season strongly with a run to the semi-finals at the US Open and the Bulgarian looks set to challenge at the very top of the game once more and at 8/1 with Ladbrokes, he shouldn’t be ignored.
Perhaps the most remarkable story of the 2019 season was the emergence of Italian Jannik Sinner – who came from relative obscurity to win the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan. The former skier has made an instant impact on the ATP Tour with the likes of Federer and Nadal quick to sing his praises and this could be his breakthrough event and at 16/1 with Betfred to win the quarter – who knows how far he could potentially go.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic has once again looked in imperious form in his opening exchanges in Melbourne. He has won the event on seven occasions previously and he will be eager to kick 2020 off in style. The Serb is the hot favourite at 3/10 with Ladbrokes to progress from the bottom quarter.
2019 semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas came of age in Melbourne in last season and he will be hoping to repeat the feat again this year. Now the ATP World Tour champion and firmly established in the world’s top 8, the Greek could be the value bet here at 9/2 with Mansion Bet this week.
Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut reached the last 8 in Melbourne last year and he will be hoping to go one better this time around. With a solid game for all surfaces, the 2019 Davis Cup winner looks excellent value at 12/1 with Bet365 to upset the odds this year.
2018 finalist Marin Cilic has struggled for form throughout the past 18 months or so but looks to be hitting the ball well again here in Melbourne. Winning the quarter looks a long shot at 28/1 with Ladbrokes but if he gets up ahead of steam, who knows how far the Croat could go.
Here is our Australian Open Quarter Betting Accumulator in the men’s draw:
Quarter 1 – Rafael Nadal
Quarter 2 – Daniil Medvedev
Quarter 3 – Roger Federer
Quarter 4 – Novak Djokovic