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Australian Open tennis odds

Australian Open tennis odds

Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in straight sets in the 2011 final to win his second Australian Open

If any of the four tennis Grand Slams are likely to throw up an unexpected winner then it is likely to be the Australian Open.

As the first Grand Slam of the year, players are often shy of tournament practice, meaning an outsider in the Australian Open betting is perhaps given a better chance of success…

Players with long Australian Open odds have a track record of reaching the final

In the last 20 years there have been a number of somewhat surprising Australian Open finalists.

Thomas Enqvist, Arnaud Clement, Rainer Schuttler, Marcos Baghdatis and Fernando Gonzalez may have all been beaten finalists, but punters backing them each-way in the pre-tournament Australian Open betting would still have benefited from valuable payouts.

Meanwhile, Petr Korda, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Thomas Johansson have all won the Australian Open, showing how unfancied contenders can triumph in Melbourne.

Despite this, punters would do well not to think any of the current top three players will win the men’s Australian Open as it is hard to look beyond Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, who has lost two of the last three finals and is arguably due a change of luck.

Murray heads to Melbourne as the last Grand Slam winner after his 2012 US Open victory and can be backed at 11/4 to claim a first Australian Open title.

Remember both the men’s and women’s US Open odds are worth backing

As well as attempting to find the winner in the men’s draw, punters may want to double up and predict the women’s winner – and this could prove a far tougher task given the lack of a dominant women’s player in the current game.

Therefore, it may be a safer option to focus on the individual match betting markets in the Australian Open odds.

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