The 2022 Australian Open is set to kick off on Monday, January 17, meaning we’re less than a month away from the opening Grand Slam of the year. And this is as good a time as any to check the ATP Betting Odds and locate the best bets against the Australian Open Odds.
2022 Australian Open Betting News and Updates
Djokovic Expected To Collect His 10th
Novak Djokovic is the most successful tennis player of the Australian Open, with nine titles, including three back-to-back in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Due to his past success, it is no surprise that the bookmakers have a lot of faith in Djokovic to collect his record-10th Australian Open title.
Priced at +151, the 34-year-old is by far the largest favorite, and it would be hard to argue with the bookies.
Not only has Djokovic won all of the last three iterations of the Australian Open, but he is also a three-time Grand Slam champion from 2021 and is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time list with 20 Grand Slams to his name.
As one of the most successful tennis players in history, it’s fair to believe that Djokovic can win his 10th Australian Open title and cement himself as the GOAT. However, his performances towards the end of the 2021 season and the rise of younger tennis players could make you believe that perhaps it’s time for Djokovic to step aside and let youngsters take over.
Daniil Medvedev Could Be a Threath
Daniil Medvedev is priced as the second favorite to win the 2022 Australian Open, at +275, which is still a fair bit below Djokovic but low enough to make you believe he can actually do it. Admittedly, he is not as successful on the Australian clay as the Serb, but the Russian tennis star has proven his worth in 2021 and heads into the new season, ready to cause some damage.
The 25-year-old enjoyed the best year of his career in 2021, culminating with Medvedev winning the 2021 U.S. Open. However, before claiming his maiden Grand Slam, the Russian left quite an impression with a finals appearance in Australia, round four appearances in Wimbledon, and QF in France.
To put it into a perspective of how much Medvedev has improved in 2021, he has never made it further than R4 in Australia, he has never made it past R1 in France, and he could only manage two R3 appearances in Wimbledon. Perhaps his title-winning run in the United States was the least shocking, seeing how he already made finals in 2019 and semi-finals in 2020.
Regardless, beating Djokovic in the finals with 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, and denying the Serb his Grand Slam truly was a sight to behold.
Will Medvedev manage to keep his wheels spinning and look as good in 2021 is anyone’s guess. But if his performances towards the end of the last season are any indication, the Russian could prove himself as a serious threat for at least one more Grand Slam title.
Alexander Zverev Shouldn’t Be Ignored
Like Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev has had a breakthrough year in 2021. Admittedly, he was considered an excellent player before, but he truly broke out of his shell last year.
As someone who has never come even close to winning a major tennis tournament, the 24-year-old German made a serious statement very early into the season. He made QF in Australia and added a phenomenal performance in France, where he made it all the way to the semis.
Grass courts didn’t suit him as much, as he could only manage R4 in Wimbledon. Regardless, it marked his best placement at the third Grand Slam of the year since 2017.
The 2021 U.S. Open was Zverev’s time to shine, and while he was unable to claim his maiden Grand Slam, the German did not fail to impress. He made it all the way to the semis, again proving that while he might not be the best player in the world, he is very close to that status.
Perhaps claiming that Zverev is in the conversation for the best in the world isn’t fair, especially if we consider that he is the reigning Olympics gold medalist and the 2021 ATP Finals champion. And if you were to argue that he isn’t as good as Djokovic and Medvedev – he beat them both in Turin in November.
We don’t know what the future holds in store for Zverev, but if he can build on what he has shown at the end of 2021, he just might find a way to gran his maiden Grand Slam in 2022. And his first real test begins in January when he will begin the quest to join the Open Era champions list.
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