January 14th, 2013 will see the first major of the new Tennis season serve up a treat, with 2013 Australian Open tennis betting stepping into the limelight.
Last season’s action in Melbourne saw Novak Djokovic breeze to his second consecutive Australian Open title and the Serbian is lining up as favourite with the bookmakers to take the title again this time around, with online bookmaker Paddy Power offering him at odds of 6/4. The sole fact the back to back champion is still being offered at some early positive value means that punters should be jumping all over this price before the tournament is upon us. That is some tremendous value for Djokovic, who has taken three of the last five Australian Open titles. The past two seasons in the finals at the Australian Open, the World Number One has beaten Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, so he is firmly at home on the blue courts of Melbourne. He should take some stopping and the price of Novak Djokovic Australian Open betting is value at the moment because of the waves of optimism about Andy Murray.
Britain’s Number One Andy Murray, who took his first Grand Slam title at the US Open at the back end of last season is trading at 5/2 in Australian Open tennis betting. What this is doing is adding value to Novak Djokovic, which is a good thing for punters. The thing about Andy Murray is that he is not proven himself just yet as a consistent Grand Slam titlist. His one title cannot stack up against the volumes of titles that Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have each gained. So Murray still has to prove himself and ultimately while that breakthrough victory at Flushing Meadows last season should step him up another level, 2013 is going to be crucial in his real status of a Grand Slam champion. He has a good track record at the Australian Open where he has reached two of the last three finals. He exited at the semi final stage last season. Still not a bad shout and should be in the semi finals, and needs to come out of the blocks fast. Still has to prove himself a number of times against the other big three having suffered four losses and just that one win in Grand Slam finals.
Who will win the (Womens) Australien Open 2013 ?
Roger Federer also hit the semi final stage last season in the Australian Open. The four time winner last held aloft the trophy back in 2010. His took his 17th Grand Slam title when he won at Wimbledon last season, but that remains his only Slam in the last ten contested. So while he enjoyed something of a renaissance last season, you have to suspect that each year it will get harder and harder for him to last the distance and take more major titles. The player himself would probably hear none of that though. Andy Murray has just started to swing an advantage against the Swiss superstar and Federer will probably lose more often than not when he goes up against Djokovic. You have to suggest that the younger legs of Murray and Djokovic will be more of a threat in Melbourne for Australian Open tennis betting.
So on to the great Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard only has taken the Australian Open title once before, for one reason or another. He reached the final last year but couldn’t deal with Novak Djokovic. Not since his shock second round exit at Wimbledon last season has Nadal played a competitive match, so you have to wonder about not only fitness but match sharpness as well. That is a long time to be away from the game, and he will only have a couple of weeks to find his feet, stamina and accuracy before the start of the first Grand Slam of 2012. That is why Rafael Nadal Australian Open odds are pretty long. If he had a bigger track record at the event, he may have been worth an outside shot. Can’t back him with any confidence though, not until he has some wins under his belt.
Any outside shots worth looking at in 2013 Australian Open Tennis betting? Really only Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. After a long while out of the game, the big server had a very steady season last term and is probably not far away from challenging for major honours. The former US Open winner could be the one to capitalise the most if Federer and Nadal are not on top of their games. Best genuine outside shot beyond the big four, but the scrappy Spaniard David Ferrer should also be a solid quarter finalist.
2013 Australian Open Tennis Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Novak Djokovic 6/4, Andy Murray 5/2, Roger Federer 5/1, rafael Nadal 13/2, Juan Martin del Potro 16/1, Jo Wilfried Tsonga 33/1, Tomas Berdych 40/1, David Ferrer 50/1,
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