The final Grand Slam of 2022 didn’t disappoint with Carlos Alcaraz winning in four sets against Casper Ruud in the men’s final, and Iga Swiatek capping a dominant season by winning the women’s singles title.
While the biggest news during the US Open was the swan song for Serena Williams, more recently the retirement announcement by 20-time Grand Slam singles champion Roger Federer had the tennis world buzzing.
It won’t be long before the months turn into weeks and the weeks into days for the Grand Slams to get going again. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the current odds according to the sportsbook for the Australian Open.
Djokovic Ready to Return to the Top
With Novak Djokovic‘s schedule impacted so much by his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine, he has almost become a forgotten man. Djokovic holds the records with 373 weeks being ranked No. 1 and being the top ranked player at the end of the season seven times.
Djokovic has won the Australian Open men’s singles title nine times and can never be counted out in Melbourne.
His bid for a fourth straight title at the Australian Open ended when he was deported before the tournament started as a result of his failure to be vaccinated.
It is uncertain how things will look at the next Australian Open but at the current time he is at +150 to win the title according to the tennis odds.
Medvedev, Alcaraz Ready to Thrive Down Under
Daniil Medvedev is a two-time finalist in Australia and his run to the Aussie Open final in 2022 helped him ascend to the No. 1 ranking.
His play while winning the US Open is a reminder of how brilliant the 26-year-old Russian star can be on hard courts.
Alcaraz has never made it past the third round in Melbourne. However, the newly crowned U.S. Open champion made history by becoming the youngest player to be the top-ranked player in the world after he captured his first Grand Slam singles title. He will look to build on that momentum when the quest for the next Grand Slam championship begins.
This season, Carlos Alcaraz holds…
the most wins: 5️⃣1️⃣
the most titles: 5️⃣
— ATP Tour (@atptour) September 14, 2022
According to the tennis betting lines, Medvedev is at +275 and Alcaraz at +325 in the odds to win the Australian Open.
Don’t Forget About Rafa
Injuries have held Rafael Nadal back, but he looked healthy when he won the most recent Australian Open. It was his second Aussie Open title and first since 2009.
His compete level is off the charts and with some time to rest his body before the start of play down under, he could be primed for another run.
His odds to win the title are at +750.
Is Kyrgios Ready to Let His Tennis Do the Talking?
Nick Kyrgios has been getting closer to winning his first Grand Slam title. He reached the Wimbledon final and the U.S. Open quarterfinals this year. His antics might garner most of the attention, but he has proven that he can play with anybody when his mind is right.
Kyrgios has only made it past the fourth round once in the Grand Slam tournament held in his native Australian. He could change that in 2023.
His odds to win the championship are at +650.
Young Guns Ready to Roll
With Federer retiring, and Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray at the tail end of their brilliant careers, the future of men’s tennis offers players more than capable to make the move from contender to champion.
Jannik Sinner (+1000), Stefanos Tsitsipas (+1200), Casper Ruud (+1400) and Alexander Zverev (+1400) are players with the games to make noise in Australia.
Sinner is just 21 and has yet to advance past the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam singles event. The 24-year-old Tsitsipas is a three-time semifinalist in Australia. The 23-year-old Ruud made it to the French Open and U.S. Open finals in 2022, and he could be close to doing the same in this tournament. Zverev is the oldest member of this quartet at age 25 and was a semifinalist in Melbourne in 2020. He has won the Tour Finals in 2018 and 2021, so he can’t be discounted.
How About the American Hopes?
Taylor Fritz leads the list of American title hopefuls with odds of +2500 to win in Australia. He reached the fourth round in Melbourne in 2022, his best showing there.
Frances Tiafoe reached the quarterfinals in Australia in 2019. However, it was his run to the U.S. Open semifinals this year that has Tiafoe being talked about as a contender for a Grand Slam title in the future.
Tiafoe’s odds to win his first Grand Slam in Australia in 2023 come in at +3300.