The Australian Open is arguably the best tennis grand slam of the year and it all kicks off this Monday in Melbourne.
All of the world’s best players will be on show for the men’s division, including tournament favourite Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. There’s also a host of local Australian chances, including the always-popular Nick Kyrgios.
We have expert tournament winner tips and value picks for the 2019 Australian Open.
2019 Australian Open Men’s tournament winner tips
Novak Djokovic @ $2.10 – BET NOW
Novak Djokovic hasn’t been in the best of form coming into the Australian Open, having not won the Paris Masters, ATP World Finals or the Qatar Open in preparation for this, but he did win the Shanghai Masters in October.
Preparation for the Australian Open always varies from player-to-player, so it can be hard to judge the form coming into the first grand slam of the year.
Luckily for punters, Djokovic is reliable when it comes to going deep in grand slam tournaments and we’re not surprised to see his odds so short with bookmakers.
Punters will get better value with other players in this tournament, but he’s the best bet for tournament winner players who are expecting their man to go deep in the tournament.
Being the top seed will allow him to get a good trip through to the semi-finals without having to face someone too tough.
Roger Federer @ $5 – BET NOW
For many punters, Roger Federer at $5 is a great price and although the 20-time grand slam winner isn’t at his very best, he has experience and a stack of quality to call upon.
The Swiss master hasn’t played a competitive tournament since losing to Alex Zverev in the ATP World Finals but he has had some good hit outs at the Hobart Invitational.
Federer will always be a popular pick in the betting and we expected him to be paying around $4, so getting an extra dollar is a bonus. He represents good value and he only needs his backhand to be going well to win this tournament.
Realistically, there are only three players who have shown time and time again that they are capable of winning a grand slam. That’s Djokovic, Nadal and Federer – and Federer should have every chance to score number 21.
Rafael Nadal @ $10 – BET NOW
We talked about Roger Federer being value at the $5 but it’s not often punters see Rafael Nadal paying double-figures to win a grand slam.
He’s paying $10 because he has endured a luckless summer with injuries, with countless cancellations to note. That’s not great news coming into the Australian Open but when the chips are down, Nadal likes to pull off the incredible.
Despite having bad knees throughout his career, Nadal has won 17 grand slams and could well have won many more if he was healthy. His playing style doesn’t help his cause but he’s not without a winning chance here and punters could sell their ticket on Nadal for a profit later in the tournament.
Nadal plays local chance James Duckworth in the opening round.
2019 Australian Open Men’s value picks
Nick Kyrgios @ $41 – BET NOW
We are not the biggest fans of Nick Kyrgios but he’s usually much shorter in the market and he’s a value pick at his current price.
The key match for the Australian is his opening round game against Milos Raonic. If he beats the 16th seed, he takes his spot in the draw and will get a better trip through the tournament.
We all know the talent he possesses but we all know the demons inside his head. Will he care about winning his home grand slam? Or will he be happy to cash his cheque and call it a day?
$41 is worth the risk.
Borna Coric @ $41 – BET NOW
Borna Coric is another young stud but this 22-year-old has a will to win that Kyrgios doesn’t have and it works in his favour.
The fighting Croatian has been defeated in the first round in all four attempts at the Australian Open but he’s a confidence player and he could make a run here.
The Australian Open has been known to throw in the odd upset and Coric could be that man.
Stefanos Tsitsipas @ $41 – BET NOW
The 20-year-old from Greece was beaten by Andreas Seppi in the quarter final of the Sydney Invitational but he’s a streaky player who can upset a few of the top seeds.
He won the Next Gen Finals and although playing against the younger stars, he defeated Australia’s Alex De Minaur in the final.
He has over $2 million in earnings and that could increase with a solid performance this January.