Two of the shining stars in men’s tennis event- Novack Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are prepping up for yet another battle for the Australian Open title on Sunday night. The 53rd installment of the 13 years long history will continue at Melbourne Park since these two men have met each other at more majors than others.
Djokovic is trying to cement his reputation forever as he is barging on to a record seventh Open title, moving ahead of both Roy Emerson and Roger Federer. Nadal, on the other hand, will become only the third player in history after Rod Laver and Roy Emerson to win all four slam titles at least twice.
What’s more interesting in this high-stakes game is that both players have met 14 times at the grand slams, nine of which were finals. However, in their bid to glory, they haven’t seen each other in such a sticky situation in major in about five years. After the semi-final win over Lucas Pouille, Djokovic said that this is the kind of matches that you live for, playing one of your greatest rivals at their prime.
The players last competed against each other at the Wimbledon semi-final last year in which the match was stretched all the way to the fifth set. In their previous outing at Melbourne, the players again competed for five sets in a match lasting five hours and 53 minutes. In both cases, the Serbian won over Nadal.
The betting odds are heavily in Nadal’s favor this time since hasn’t conceded a set during this tournament. The bets are favoring $2.20 for Nadal and $1.70 for Djokovic. The set betting suggests a $4.20 bet on Djokovic winning in four sets and $4.60 for him winning in three sets. Another $5 goes for him winning in five sets.
However, for Nadal, the bets turn topsy turvy. There is a $5.50 bet for him to win in five sets, $5 for a win in four sets and $7 for him winning in just three sets. Nadal appears refreshingly good in this tour after retiring from the US Open semi-finals with a knee injury. With milestone wins for both players set on the line, it will be interesting to note who wins and if the Australian betting market gets their odds right this time.