Men's Australian Open Predictions
|Men's Australian Open 2022|| |
No Novak Djokovic, no problem for the Men's Australian Open field as several of the world's top stars are Down Under for this tournament.
The favorite is last year's runner-up Daniil Medvedev, who lost in straight sets to Djokovic in the final in 2021. It was still a very successful season for the Russian though, winning his first Grand Slam in the US Open in September where he managed to get a victory back over the Serbian.
Medvedev comes into this tournament as the favorite among all the top bookies and with good reason. He has excellent service, great strokes from both forehand and backhand, and has an aggressive style that suits the hard court surface.
His biggest competition will likely come from German player Alexander Zverev, who had a brilliant 2020 season where he reached the Australian Open semi-finals before losing the US Open final in a five-set thriller against Dominic Thiem.
Zverev is among the favorites this year despite never getting past a semi-final in 2021, but he did win six ATP Tour championships last year to be in good form. If he can match that form this year, then there's every chance he can go one step further and pick up the first Grand Slam win of his career.
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There's also the legendary Rafael Nadal, back on the court in an Australian Open for just the fifth time since he won that legendary final back in 2009 against Roger Federer. He made it to the final in 2019 but was well beaten by Djokovic, and this is his first tournament since a foot injury ended his 2021 season early.
For someone with as much pedigree as Nadal, having him as an outsider is brave from the bookies.
With that said though, it's hard to look past the favorite in this one.
Medvedev was magical en route to the final last year and it took an epic performance from one of the best ever to stop him that day. He bounced back to win the US Open though and comes into this tournament with a target on his back and great momentum.
Already qualified for the second round, where he will face Nick Kyrgios, backing him at +199 with MyBookie looks like the best play for this tournament.
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Women's Australian Open Predictions
|Women's Australian Open 2022|| |
In what shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, the world's number one Ashleigh Barty comes into this tournament as the bookies favorite to leave with another Grand Slam to her name. In 2020 Barty was beaten by eventual winner Sofia Kenin in the semi-finals before bouncing back in 2021 to win Wimbledon for the first time with a win over Karolina Pliskova in the final. Barty has been the world number one since winning the French Open in 2019, but she's yet to be victorious in Australia.
An intriguing return to action for Naomi Osaka is Barty's biggest competition this time around, as the American looks to continue her great run Down Under. Osaka has won at least one Grand Slam event every year since 2018, including the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021. However, after suffering from mental health problems and withdrawing from competitions last year, as well as being eliminated in the second and third rounds of the French and US Open, her ranking has dropped to number 14.
There is always the possibility of a big shock once again just as we saw in the US Open with young British star Emma Raducanu taking home back-to-back Grand Slam titles. Raducanu shocked the world by becoming the first-ever wildcard entrant to win the tournament in September and has since been on a rollercoaster of press hype and media attention. She's got a new coach and can be found at +1200 to win this tournament after dispatching Sloane Stephens in the first round with an impressive victory.
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Ultimately though, it feels like time to return the crown to Osaka.
For my money, she is the most complete female player on this tour and she seems to have overcome her issues of last year to get back to form. Osaka has looked good so far during the tournament and has the ability to beat anyone on her day with excellent serving, forehand strokes, and great speed to get around the court.
At a price of +550, it seems like the perfect way to welcome her back to action by cashing a winning ticket after the final next weekend.
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