Since the Open of Australia's 2016 Edition will begin on Monday the 18th of January and run through Sunday the 31st of January we feel it's time to preview the tournaments starting off with the Men's Singles.
The tennis fans who Bet on Tennis at an online sportsbook, who were watching the 2015 season, think that this 2016 season will be very explosive this season as it begins with the Australian Open. This tournament starts the season with the top tennis players on the planet. This Men's Singles appears to be red hot with as the Top 4 are planning to return, and leading the top 4 is the Planets No. 1 N. Djokovic accompanied by A. Murray, R. Federer and R. Nadal coming behind.
While the Big Four take up most of the spotlight, there are some viable contenders who could steal their thunder, and S. Wawrinka is one player that could. The hard court could also have a sleeper move up in this tournament.
Let us 1st take a look at the favorites, and start with the World No. 1 N. Djokovic whom in the ultimate 8 years has won 5 of the Australian Opens and has a 89.30 winning percent for his grand slam tournaments to date. Thus that dominance has the odds makers listing as the pure favorite at -120 to start. He has a very good 2015 season playing in 91 matches in 2015 and winning 84, as he made it to the finals in 15 or the 16 events for the ATP in which he participated. Last season he won some 11 titles that included the 3 that are part of the Grand Slam Tournaments, winning the Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon in 2015. Now he seeks to start his 2016 season with a Down Under Title.
Next is A. Murray at betting odds of +550 who in the last 6 Australian Opens he finished 4 of those opens in 2nd place. This season he seeks to finish 1st in this Australian Open since his game saw improvement in 2015, as he finished 2015 with wins for 77 of the 91 matched he competed in.
On the hard court he played 42 matches winning 31 in 2015 and in 7 ATP Singles finals he won 4. In order to taste the victory in this Australian Open he will have to overcome No. 1 N. Djokovic unless he gets upset Djokovic get upset early in the Tournament. Murray lost last season to Djokovic some 6 times in their seven matches.
Then there is R. Federer who at 33 still could be the one to upset N. Djokovic the defending champion since Federer beat Djokovic some 3 times on the hard courts in 2015. Plus Federer defeated Djokovic in the both the Wimbledon and the Cincinnati Masters semifinals in 2015.
Remember R. Federer is well known the Australian Open's bright lights. In his career he has won the Australian Open some 4 times and therefore the oddsmakers have him at a solid +650 to win the Grand Slam for the 18th time.
Then we have the sleepers category starting with R. Nadal who more so than the top 4 he had a real tough 2015 season as he lost for the first time since the 2003 season some 20 matches. This return to the Down Under may be what Natal needs to bring back his winning ways. In his last 3 times at the Australian Open he made the finals in 2 of those 3 appearances in 2012 and 2014, while in 2013 he was with an injury and didn't participate. The oddsmakers expect Nadal to make some waves in this tournament and have him at +900 to take the Down Under Title.
Another sleeper is Swiss S. Wawrinka at 30 years of age who last season made a lot of waves as he moved up in the tennis world and is at +1,000 to win his 1st Grand Slam tournament in 2016. He actually won his 1st Grand Sam as he beat Djokovic in 2014 and T. Berdych and R. Nadal as he won the Australian Open that season. Fans are expecting Wawrinka to pull off some upsets at this Australian Open.
Then a long shot is N. Kyrgios the 20 year old Australian who can play with the top single players, but they say he is a brain case. But don't overlook him because when he's at his best, he is a challenge for any top tennis players. To date he has had 2 quarterfinal shows in the 2014 Wimbledon and the 2015 Australian Open Grand Slams.
He started 2016 with a win over the World No. 2 A. Murray and that victory can give the young star a lot of confidence heading into the years 1st Grand Slam of 2016. He is a heated pick to win his 1st Grand Slam at +5,000 on his home turf.
The sports betting prediction for the Men's Singles for this 2016 Australian Open is that the No. 1 N. Djokovic at -120 will win his 5th Australian Open as he overpowers his opponents.