Mon, Jan 30, 11:18am by Head Editor
It was an amazing two weeks in Melbourne that was capped off brilliantly by a five-set thriller between two of the all-time greats in the men’s final on Sunday night.
Roger Federer claimed his fifth Australian Open and 18th Grand Slam title by downing Rafael Nadal in a contest that lasted over three and a half hours. The stunning match lived up to all the hype of the occasion and the 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory handed Federer his first major title in four-and-a-half years.
In one of the most highly-anticipated Grand Slam finals in history, Federer’s victory looked unlikely when Nadal broke serve in the opening game of the fifth set and built a 3-1 lead.
It was a final that many had hoped to see but few thought was possible, the 35-year-old Federer and the 30-year-old Nadal came into the tournament on the back of injury ravaged 2016’s but proved many pundits and punters wrong.
Speaking of punters, let’s take a look at how the rest of the majors in 2017 are shaping up from a betting angle.
Unsurprisingly, the Australian Open runner-up Rafael Nadal is right up the top of the French Open market. The nine-time winner of the French title is second favourite at $3.75 behind world number two Novak Djokovic ($2.63) who’ll be eager to bounce back after his second-round exit at Melbourne Park.
Despite his success on Sunday, Federer is $21 for the French, a trophy he won in 2009.
The Wimbledon market has a slightly different look about it with world number one, Sir Andy Murray a $2.63 favourite for back-to-back All England club titles. Djokovic ($2.75) is second favourite with Australian Open winner Federer at $8 to win his first Wimbledon title since 2012.
Nadal is on the fifth line of betting at $19 to win in London for the third time. The best Aussie chance for the year according to the bookies also comes in this tournament with Nick Kyrgios rated a $31 chance. His best result in this tournament was in 2014 when he made the quarterfinal.
Onto the final Grand Slam of the year and the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York. As is the case for the French Open, Djokovic is a $2.63 favourite with Andy Murray right behind him at $3. Defending Champion Stan Wawrinka is at the juicy odds of $17 for back-to-back titles.
N Djokovic $2.63
R Nadal $3.75
A Murray $4.50
S Wawrinka $9
R Federer $21
D Thiem $23
K Nishikori $31
JM Del Potro $34
N Kyrgios $34
A Murray $2.63
N Djokovic $2.75
R Federer $8
M Raonic $13
R Nadal $19
G Dimitrov $21
JM Del Potro $23
S Wawrinka $26
N Kyrgios $31
N Djokovic $2.63
A Murray $3
R Nadal $11
R Federer $13
JM Del Potro $15
S Wawrinka $17
K Nishikori $26
M Raonic $26
G Dimitrov $31
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