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Djokovic Headlines Australian Open Odds

Djokovic Headlines Australian Open Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open in each of the last two seasons and six times over the course of his career. Djokovic  has +135 odds to win the tournament again this year.

He had little trouble in his first-round match against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco on Tuesday night in Australia, winning 6-1, 7-6, 6-2 to advance to play Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in the second round of the tournament. Istomin was matched up against Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the first round Tuesday and used four sets to pick up the 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory.

Djokovic has faced Istomin five times in his career, winning all five matches. That includes two victories at the Australian Open; Djokovic got past Istomin 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 at the tournament in their first meeting back in 2010, and in straight sets again 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 at the event in 2014.

Despite being the defending Australian Open champion Djokovic was set as the second seed for the event behind Andy Murray, who overtook him in the rankings late last season. Djokovic lost to Stan Wawrinka in the finals of his last major tournament, the 2016 U.S. Open, and fell in the third round at Wimbledon last season. He won both the Australian and French Opens.

Overall Djokovic has won six of the last 10 major tournaments on the ATP Tour dating back to Wimbledon in 2014. Djokovic first won the Australian Open in 2008, lost in the quarterfinals the next two years at the event then bounced back with wins in each of 2011, 2012, and 2013.

 

Nadal, Raonic Tied on Aussie Betting Lines

Elsewhere in the bracket, Rafael Nadal is +1400 odds and Milos Raonic is holding down +1600 odds to win the Australian Open after they both won their first-round matches at the tournament.

Nadal, seeking his first Grand Slam victory since 2014, knocked out Germany’s Florian Mayer  in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the second round. Nadal’s most recent Grand Slam win came in the 2014 French Open, and his only Australian Open win came in 2009 – since then he’s made the final at the event twice but failed to get past the quarters the other years.

Raonic, who beat Nadal at the Brisbane International earlier this month, topped Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in his first-round matchup.  He had his best showing at the Australian Open last year when he made the semifinals, after reaching the quarters in 2015. Raonic was also a finalist at Wimbledon last season, losing that tournament to Andy Murray.

Murray sat at +160 on the Australian Open odds heading into his second-round matchup with Andrey Rublev. Wawrinka rounded out the top contenders on those betting lines at +1000.

 

*Odds as of January 18, 2017

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