2021 Australian Open Tennis Betting Odds and Preview

Is Djokovic the one to beat again at Melbourne Park - 2021 Australian Open Tennis Betting Preview

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Has there ever been a more difficult overview of Men’s Australian Open Tennis betting to make than on this year’s outright market?

With so little tennis played last year and with no clear indications of form through warm-up events played, we have to try and sort out Australian Open tennis betting somehow.

Some players have been quarantining more than others and pretty much everyone in the field is turning up with some rustiness to their game.

The one thing we do know is that it is Novak Djokovic who is back for a title defence.

He is the favourite in the outright winner market for 2021 Australian Open tennis betting.

Australian Open Tennis Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 6/5
Daniil Medvedev 5/1
Rafael Nadal 5/1
Dominic Thiem 5/1
Stefanos Tstispas 12/1
Alexander Zverev 16/1
Andrey Rublev 25/1
Nick Kyrgios 25/1
Jannik Sinner 33/1
Denis Shapovalov 33/1
Alex De Minaur 40/1
Milos Raonic 50/1
Felix Auger Aliassime 66/1
80/1 bar
* (betting odds recorded a 04:53 GMT on February 3rd, 2021 at Bet365)

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An overview of Australian Open tennis betting

The lack of tennis is a big factor ahead of the Australian Open of course.

Usually, players would have been working their way up to fitness in the early year, on an Australia and New Zealand swing of the tour.

That hasn’t been there this season.

The first really big sign of the stars coming out is at this week’s ATP Cup where Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev to name but a few, are in their respective country’s squads.

So is the lack of overall tennis likely to hamper or help the big guns in the field?

Well, looking at the 2021 Australian Open betting market for the outright, it looks just like any other year’s.

The bookmakers aren’t thinking that a major upset is going to happen.

If it was just the big names in the field who had had their preparations hampered, it would be a different story.

But it’s not, it’s everyone so the playing field is level in that regard. So you would still expect the cream to rise to the top.

Tournament Info

The 2021 Australian Open will run from February 8th – 21st.

The top eight seeds in order are Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman.

Djokovic 6/5 FAV in Australian Open Tennis Betting

Novak Djokovic is in the field and he is the 6/5 outright favourite in Australian Open tennis betting* (betting odds recorded a 04:53 GMT on February 3rd, 2021 at Bet365).

Djokovic has won the Australian Open eight times before and he is looking for his third straight title at Melbourne Park.

The Serbian did win it in three consecutive years between 2011 and 2013. He is the only man to have achieved that at the Grand Slam.

It is such a brilliant record from him. Djokovic has won the title on half of his sixteen appearances in the tournament.

He is in the draw so Djokovic is the one to beat.

Dominic Thiem

Austria’s Dominic Thiem is now certainly well and truly on the radar.

He is among a clutch of players at 5/1 in the outright* (betting odds recorded a 04:53 GMT on February 3rd, 2021 at Bet365).

After coming so close to breaking his Grand Slam duck at the French Open, it was at least the year’s US Open that it finally happened for Thiem.

Thiem was the runner up to Djokovic in last year’s Australian Open as well.

That was a huge step forward for him in terms of performances at Melbourne Park.

Despite that long effort last season, Thiem’s win rate of 70% at the event is low.

Only his win percentage at Wimbledon is lower among his Grand Slam efforts.

But then, while he doesn’t have the greatest of track records at the Australian Open, neither did he at the US Open before winning there last year.

Rafael Nadal

It is hard to know really where Rafa stands in Australian Open tennis betting for 2021* (betting odds recorded a 04:53 GMT on February 3rd, 2021 at Bet365).

The Spaniard is obviously one of the greatest in the game and over the last couple of years has been back at his bullish and brilliant best.

He is a former Australian Open winner, claiming the title in the 2009 edition, but that’s the only time he has triumphed at Melbourne Park.

Nadal has been to the final four times since then and has failed to win. It was a quarter-final finish for him last year.

The Spaniard is one of the fittest players still on the tour and will be expected to be in the second week of action of course.

But are there better betting options in the field?

Daniil Medvedev

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev has been knocking on the door of much bigger things in the game.

He is waiting to make his Grand Slam breakthrough.

Medvedev has made it into the final four in his last two appearances at the US Open, his career highlights.

But then at the end of the last campaign, he lifted the ATP Finals trophy.

So can he carry that through and get his hands on the title?

He is another of the players in the tournament outright in tennis betting at 5/1* (betting odds recorded a 04:53 GMT on February 3rd, 2021 at Bet365)

Medvedev has the game, he has the concentration to pull it off.

He hasn’t been past the fourth round yet at Melbourne Park but this will be just his fifth appearance in the main draw.

Other potential contenders in 2021 Australian Open Tennis betting

So those are the big four in the field for Australian Open tennis betting.

They are the only four players who are heading to the Grand Slam tennis action as single figure options in the betting market.

Again, we would expect one of the top players to come through.

We don’t see a big outsider tearing through the field and causing shockwaves at the event.

There are still too many good players in the draw obviously for that to happen, ever again, if everyone is rusty.

But let’s look at some of the other names from the chasing pack?

Alexander Zveverev

The German had a good time in the Grand Slams in 2020.

He made a run to the semifinals of the Australian Open, his career-best there.

Then he went a step forward at the US Open later in the year to reach his first-ever Slam final.

He does remain a threat but perhaps a little risky from a tennis betting perspective in the latter stages of the event.

Zverev is definitely one that is capable of making the quarter-finals at least and is a 16/1 option to go all the way to the title* (betting odds recorded a 04:53 GMT on February 3rd, 2021 at Bet365).

Felix Auger-Aliassime

The young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime is a big dark horse in the field as he possesses so much potential.

He is capable of an upset or two and has every chance of making it through to the second week of action.

Going all the way to the title though is still a big ask at this stage of his young career.

But Auger-Aliassime is an exciting one to watch in the field.

We are talking a big each-way 66/1 punt on the young Canadian* (betting odds recorded a 04:53 GMT on February 3rd, 2021 at Bet365).

Stefanos Tsitsipas

We are yet to be fully convinced by the Grand Slam form of Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas.

He made the semi-finals here at the Australian Open in 2019 but followed up last year with a disappointing third-round exit.

A semi-final at the French Open last year was another step forward but then he fell flat on the hard courts at Flushing Meadows in the US Open.

Tsitsipas has the potential to be a future Grand Slam champion.

He may need a few in the field to falter, however in the 2021 Australian Open.

Stefanos Tsipsitpas is a 12/1 option in the outright* (betting odds recorded a 04:53 GMT on February 3rd, 2021 at Bet365).