The 2018 Australian Open starts on the Monday 15th Jan with the final hosted on the Sunday 28th.

Federer starts the tournament as the favourite, looking to pick up his 20th Grand Slam title. He will become the first men’s player to do so.

A strong 2017 season and a combination of withdrawals and injuries to other players have seen him emerge as the favourite.

One of those notable withdrawals is Andy Murray. Murray started the Australian Open seeded number one for the first time last year. This year he has had to pull out after hip surgery. His omission will be especially painful for him. This has been a tournament he has nearly won on so many occasions. He has reached the final five times since 2010.
 
Kei Nishikori is another notable withdrawal. Some of the top players who haven’t withdrawn still have lingering problems.

Questions remain about the fitness of Djokovic. He hasn’t played since retiring early in his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych in July. Following surgery on his right elbow, he went four months without even picking up a racquet.

He will compete in the Australian Open, but his elbow is still not 100%. Djokovic is still managing the elbow, and stated he doesn’t “know how it’s going to behave”. Doctors have convinced him that he won’t be doing any further damage to the elbow by playing, so it remains to be seen whether the elbow will be an issue for him.

The elbow was causing him pain for 18 months prior to the surgery. There is a good chance that if it is just pain when serving, that he will be able to play through it.

The uncertainty though has lengthened his price. If he does win, he will pick up a record seventh title, and become the most successful player in the tournament’s history.

Another player looking to make history will be Nadal. If he wins the 2018 Australian Open, he will become the first player to win every Grand Slam title twice. Some injury demons plagued him at the end of last season, but he has now had two months to recover having withdrawn from the Brisbane International. A kind draw saw the odds for Nadal reduce a little, and there is an expectation that he should make the final.

How to Watch the Australian Open Live on TV

For those in the UK, you can pretty much forget about going to bed.  Coverage starts at around 1:30 am each day and runs throughout the night. Early birds will get to see a match early in the morning. All matches are broadcast on Eurosport.

Bet 365 have the games live to stream too.

Australian Open Winner Odds

With Novak Djokovic being knocked out in the second round, bookmakers now fancy Murray to win. Odds correct as of 20th Jan. Here is the top ten for the outright winner of the Australian Open.

PlayerOdds to win Australian Open ’18
Roger Federer2.87
Rafael Nadal4.50
Novak Djokovic7.00
Grigor Dimitrov11.00
Nick Kyrgios12.00
Alexander Zverev15.00
Juan Martin Del Potro17.00
David Goffin19.00
Marin Cilic29.00
Dominic Thiem34.00

Australian Open Betting Offers

There are quite a few betting offers for existing customers.

  • Boylesports – Double winnings if your player loses the 1st set, but goes on to win the match. This will be paid in cash, up to £500.
  • Betway – Betway has a similar offer to the one above, in that you’ll receive double winnings if your player loses the 1st set but wins the match. However, the Betway promotion is paid as a free bet and has a limit of £25.
  • SunBets – If your player goes two sets up, then SunBets will pay you out as a winner. This is available for all men’s matches.
  • Paddy Power – They have a couple of ongoing offers which are available for the tournament. If a player retires early, Paddy Power will refund losing stakes as a free bet. After discussing some of the injury problems in our preview, this one might be relevant. They are also awarding free bets equal to your average stake over 50 bets.
  • Accumulators (Various) – There are a few bookmakers who offer bonuses on tennis accumulators. All the details can be found on our tennis accumulator page.