With the 2018 Australian Open getting underway in earnest on Monday, January 15, tennis bettors across the globe need to know which ATP players are the most likely suspects to claim the first major of the year and cash in on their Aussie Open odds.
2018 Australian Open ATP Odds & Pick
- Roger Federer +210
- Rafael Nadal +500
- Novak Djokovic +600
- Grigor Dimitrov +1000
- Nick Kyrgios +1600
- Alexander Zverev +1600
- David Goffin +1800
- Juan Martin Del Potro +2000
- Marin Cilic +3300
- Milos Raonic +5000
- Dominic Thiem +5000
- Stanislas Wawrinka +5000
The Favorite: Roger Federer +210
There’s a reason why the greatest male tennis player of all-time is the favorite to win the 2018 Australian Open. Since the start of the 2017 season, a healthy Federer is virtually unbeatable Federer. The sweet-swinging Swiss won a whopping seven titles in 2017 and claimed last year’s Australian Open title en route to a two-slam campaign that also included wins at Indian Wells, Miami, Halle, Wimbledon, Shanghai, and Basel.
More importantly, Federer looks like he has a manageable quarter of the draw. His toughest obstacles to the semis would appear to be a potential date with either, Juan Martin Del Potro or David Goffin, two players that both beat him the last time they played. Del Po beat Federer at the US Open while Goffin pulled off the big upset win at the ATP Finals in London. While both players reside in Federer’s quarter, they’re also both on the other side of the section, meaning he can only face one of them. Federer will kick off his 2018 Australian Open against Aljaz Bedene and could face either Richard Gasquet, Milos Raonic or Sam Querrey. Along the way. However, Federer says he’s fully healthy right now – and that certainly isn’t a good thing for the rest of the field.
The Smart Pick: Alexander Zverev +1600
The 6-foot-6-inch German went 55-22 in 2017 and won five titles a year ago including Masters 1000 wins at Rome and Canada. The still, 20-year-old has gone 2-3 in five career matches against Federer and beat the World No.2 6-3, 6-4 at the Rogers Cup last year en route to the title. The World No. 4 has plenty of motivation after struggling late last season by suffering consecutive losses against Jack Sock and Federer in the ATP Finals after losing to World No. 43 Robin Hasse in Paris and both, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin Del Potro in Vienna and Shanghai, respectively, while failing to advance past the quarterfinal round in each tournament.
Still, for the 2018 AO, I love Zverev’s mentality and ability to control his emotions on the court and I can see him making an even bigger push to win his first grand slam title. Make no mistake about it, Sascha, as he’s called, has a ton of talent and looks like a clear-cut future No. 1 at some point in the near future to me.
The Longshot: Borna Coric +50000
Let me start by saying the 21-year-old Croatian is undoubtedly one of the best young players in the game today. As a reference, you should know that Coric dispatched Zverev in the second round of the U.S. Open last season and has taken two of his four career matches against World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, whom he could meet in the third round at this year’s Aussie Open.
While Coric went a modest 24-26 last year, he did manage to win on the title in Morocco while recording wins against Andy Murray and John Isner. Coric also reached the quarterfinals at Qatar earlier this month and has both, the firepower and attitude to beat anyone in the world on any given day.