Novak Djokovic has failed to even make the finals of the Australian Open the past two years, but he is still entering the 2019 tournament as the prohibitive favorite. Djokovic has a decorated history at the Australian Open and will aim for more success. He has won this tournament an impressive six times and is playing really good tennis.
While Djokovic may be the one to beat, there are plenty of other talented players in the field. Roger Federer is the two-time defending champion and also has favorable odds to win for a third straight time, although not nearly as good as Djokovic.
Federer also has six career victories at the Australian Open but he is older and on the back side of his career. It will be interesting to see if the favorites Djokovic and Federer come away with the win or if one of the underdogs will emerge.
The Australian Open will be held from January 14th through 27th, 2019, at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The tournament will be nationally televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel.
Djokovic has strong odds to win the Australian Open at +115. His last tournament title here came in 2016 when Djokovic knocked off Andy Murray in the finals by a score of 6-1, 7-5, 7-6. Djokovic also has titles in 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2008.
Federer has odds of +500 to win a third straight tournament. He picked up last year’s Australian Open championship by defeating Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Federer beat Rafael Nadal in 2017, while also picking Aussie Open titles in 2010, 2007, 2006 and 2004.
The player with the next-best odds is Nadal, who has a 2009 tournament title to his credit, knocking off Federer. Nadal also has three runner-up finishes. His odds to win the Australian Open are listed at +830.
While that is a look at the Big Three, there are other players who are hoping to pull the upset. Chief among them is Alexander Zverev, who has odds listed at +950. Kevin Anderson has +1902 odds, while Grigor Dimitrov and Stefanos Tsitsipas have +2302 odds.
Cilic has been good at the Australian Open in the past and comes in at +2502 odds. Murray has +2702 odds, as do Kei Nishikori and Karen Karen Khachanov, followed by Nick Kyrgios at +3004 odds and Dominic Thiem at +4195. Borna Coric has +4195 odds as well, while Milos Raonic is listed at +4300.
There are other players listed but they are some big-time longshots and it would take a huge turn of events in order for anyone else to capture the Australian Open.
Our 2019 Australian Open Pick
OurPick: Novak Djokovic to win the Australian Open at +115 odds
Even though Djokovic has not won this tournament in the past two years, he is the most talented player and does well on the hard courts. Federer has excelled at this tournament and it seems like every time he is ruled out, the veteran finds a way to come through. However, Djokovic will likely be too much to handle in this matchup.
Keep an eye on the draw, because the better the road for Djokovic the easier it will be for him to claim the championship. Whether or not he has to knock off some top opponents, he is the most talented tennis player in the field. Djokovic is the choice to beat Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open to win a seventh career crown at this prestigious Grand Slam event.
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