Australian Open Men’s Finals Odds: Djokovic Going for Perfect 10
Stefanos Tsitsipas Going After First Grand Slam Singles Title on Sunday
Djokovic Can Tie Rival Rafael Nadal for Most Men’s Grand Slam Singles Titles
Novak Djokovic was in the headlines at last year’s Australian Open even though he never played a point. The three-time defending men’s singles champion had his visa revoked since he was not vaccinated against COVID-19.
There are no such issues this time around. Already the record holder with nine men’s singles titles at the Australian Open, he was one of the Australian Open favorites going into the tournament and he is one match away from his 10th title in Melbourne.
He would join 14-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal as the only men’s players to win at least 10 singles titles at the same Grand Slam event. He is the favorite to make that happen according to the Australian Open men’s finals odds.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No. 3 seed, will meet the fourth-seeded Djokovic at 3:30 a.m. ET on Sunday with Djokovic going after his 22nd Grand Slam singles title and that would tie him with Nadal for the all-time record.
The winner of the match will ascend to the top spot when the new ATP rankings come out. It would be the first time that Tsitsipas would be ranked No. 1 while Djokovic already owns the record for being on top of the ATP rankings for 373 weeks.
Australian Open Men’s Final Preview
Eyes On the Prize
When Stefanos Tsitsipas won the 2019 ATP Finals with wins over Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem, it seemed to be just a matter of time before he won his first Grand Slam singles title.
After falling in the 2021 French Open final, he gets a second chance at Grand Slam glory, even if he is listed as the underdog according to the Australian Open men’s finals odds.
Tsitsipas didn’t face a seeded player until the fourth round as he had to work for a five-set win over Jannik Sinner after winning the first two sets.
In the semifinals against Karen Khachanov, he had 18 aces and won 84% of his points on the first serve to power his way to victory.
The win was a little harder than it needed to be since Tsitsipas converted on just five of 12 breakpoint opportunities.
Tsitsipas won all four matches he played in the United Cup event so he was clearly ready to make this run.
Date With Destiny
Djokovic has looked better as the tournament has moved along so it is not a surprise that he is the favorite when it comes to the Australian Open men’s finals odds.
Djokovic did lose a set in the second round to Couacaud and then promptly finished off the match by dropping just two games in the final two sets.
Grigor Dimitrov gave the former world No. 1 a bit of a tussle in the third round; however, he barely had to break a set while dropping a total of 12 games in the next two Tennis matchups.
Djokovic ended the hopes of an American men’s Tennis player reaching a Grand Slam singles final for the first time since Andy Roddick lost in the 2009 Wimbledon title match as he topped unseeded Tommy Paul in straight sets to reach his 32nd Grand Slam singles final.
Djokovic converted on seven of his 11 breakpoint opportunities. After committing 24 unforced errors in the first set, he had just 15 the rest of the way. Djokovic has won five of the last six tournaments (not including the Laver Cup) that he has entered and opened 2023 by winning the title in Adelaide.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Novak Djokovic Betting Verdict
Tsitsipas is a worthy adversary as Djokovic looks to make some more tennis history. However, the 24-year native of Athens, Greece likely won’t get as many free points on his serve as he has at times during the tournament.
There is no middle ground when it comes to Djokovic and his father hasn’t made things easy as he was photographed with a flag with the image of Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia. That has resulted in the Ukrainian ambassador calling for his father to be banned from the tournament.
Djokovic said his father has been “misinterpreted” but that his dad will not be in the stands for the final.
Nobody has more experience playing through controversy than Djokovic; however, don’t be surprised to see the fans being on the side of the underdog in this one.
This has the makings of another championship run for Djokovic.
Djokovic has won the last nine meetings with Tsitsipas and lost just one set in the four matches they pair played in 2022.
When looking at the current tennis odds, Djokovic is priced at -500 to make history with the game total set at 37.5.
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