2018 Australian Open Preview, Betting Tips and Predictions
The 2018 Australian Open Top Betting Tips
Roger Federer to win the men’s tournament at 2/1 with Boylesports
Angelique Kerber to win the women’s tournament at 12/1 with Betfair
The starting pistols for the 2018 tennis season were fired a couple of weeks ago with the Hopman Cup but for most fans the action really kicks off with the Australian Open.
Held at Melbourne Park, the first Grand Slam of the year is a chance for players to either build on an impressive season or put last year firmly behind them and rediscover former glories.
With so many world class players ready to start their season with a bang, punters have a huge choice for their bets. But who to choose?
You can go ahead and check out our 2018 Australian Open Betting page, for extensive betting tips and info. And here are a couple of quick betting tips punters can use heading into the 2018 Australian Open.
Can Anybody Stop the Fed Express?
What a 12 months it’s been for Roger Federer.
The 36-year-old had been written off by some when he arrived in Melbourne last season but he proved there is still life in the old dog yet by lifting the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for the fifth time.
Federer may be carefully picking and choosing his tournaments as he approaches the end of his career but he’s doing everything possible to ensure that he is capable of winning every event he enters.
The bookies certainly believe he is capable of winning the 2018 Australian Open. In fact, Federer is the favourite with the best price you’ll find about him the 2/1 that Boylesports are quoting.
Clearly, Federer has some hugely talented opposition standing between him and a 20th Grand Slam title.
However, there are question marks about the fitness of Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal while it may be a little early for the likes of Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios to make their Grand Slam breakthrough.
Federer is still moving well and remains the man to beat on the fast Melbourne courts that suit his game perfectly.
Kerber Ready to Bounce Back from Tough 2017
While tennis fans were expecting Federer to decline last year, the opposite was true of Angelique Kerber.
The German claimed the number one ranking in 2016 thanks to wins in the Australian Open and Wimbledon and it was thought that she’d be able to kick on and dominate the women’s game.
Alas, it was not to be and Kerber lost form as the pressure of expectation apparently became too much.
Never one to take things lying down, Kerber has been proactive in the off-season. She’s hired the influential Wim Fissette as her new coach and the initial results are promising.
She reached the final of the Hopman Cup along with Alexander Zverev and won her singles match against Belinda Bencic. She’s also played some good stuff in Sydney before jetting to Melbourne so things are looking good for a return to her best.
This is arguably the most open Australian Open of all time with up to 20 women capable of going all the way. None of them quite offer as much appeal as Kerber at 12/1 with Betfair though.
Kerber has the technical attributes and the mental fortitude to send out a message that she’s back and ready to reach the pinnacle of the game once again.