Men’s Australian Open Tennis PicksJosh Bailey
The first major tennis tournament of the year kicks off on Monday, Jan. 16th when the best in the world head down under for the Australian Open. The Australian Open is the tournament that kicks everything off in the world of tennis.
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This season, the Men’s ATP tennis odds imply that the best male tennis player in the world should be either Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray. Will either step it up starting on Jan. 16?
Keep reading for more Men’s tennis betting tips and advice on how to bet the 2015 on the two faves as well as the longshot, the smart, the sharp, and my pick to win the Men’s Australian Open!
2017 Men’s Australian Open Tennis Picks
The odds-on favorite is Novak Djokovic. But, Andy Murray isn’t that far behind Djokovic in the sportsbook. The seedings follow the world rankings, so Sir Andy Murray is the top seed for the first time ever at a slam, while injuries last year to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer mean they are down at nine and 17 respectively. Federer’s lowly seeding means he is a possible fourth-round opponent of Murray or Djokovic.
The Odds-On Favorite Pick To Win Men’s Australian Open: Novak Djokovic 13/8
Djokovic is a beast on the court. It doesn’t matter the surface. It doesn’t matter if he’s been on the bench for a month. Djokovic is almost always difficult to bet against in any tennis major in any year. Djokovic has won the Australian Open two years running. Therefore, the 13/8 odds are fair. Djokovic goes into the Australian Open after winning in Qatar this past weekend.
The Smart Pick To Win Men’s Australian Open: Andy Murray 7/4
The smart pick might be Murray. Although Murray has never won an Australian Open, he’s finished in the championship match a total of five times. This includes finishing as the runner-up to Djokovic in both 2015 and 2016. He offers slightly better odds than Djokovic. Plus, Murray got in a prep tournament for this when losing to Djokovic in the Exxon Mobile Qatar Open.
The Longshot Pick To Win Men’s Australian Open: Milos Raonic 20/1
Raonic’s odds imply that he’s a longshot that could pull it off. Raonic’s best finish was the 2016 semifinals. To get there, he had to beat David Ferrer. Raonic pushed Andy Murray in 5 sets before losing in the Australian Open semis last year.
The Sharp Pick To Win Men’s Australian Open: Andy Murray 7/4, Novak Djokovic 13/8
The guess here is that the sharps jump all over the favorites to win the trophy in the Men’s Australian Open in 2017. Unlike a team sport, where handicappers always look to make value bets, Murray and Djokovic dominate men’s tennis. Plus, at this point, both are offering above even money odds.
My Pick To Win Men’s Australian Open: Rafael Nadal 14//1
Nadal’s last Australian Open championship was in 2009. His last major tournament championship overall was in 2014. That year, Rafa won the French Open. He’s always been better on clay, like what they play over at Roland Garros, then he is playing over any other surface. Still, if Nadal is right this year, if he’s got his legs under him, he could beat either Murray or Djokovic in Australia. At 14 to 1 odds, I’m willing to see if Rafa can.