By Anis Bazza
25th January 2019
Sorry Rafa, you’re a legend and your longevity at the zenith of men’s tennis despite countless injury setbacks is as awe-inspiring as your game, but the Australian Open is the preserve of the man you’ll meet in Sunday’s decider at the Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic is 4/5 for victory, with Nadal 21/20 match betting underdog and our Australian Open 2019 predictions can’t see the Serb being denied in his quest for a third successive Grand Slam win.
Australian Open 2019 predictions: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal
A glance at the career Aussie Open ledgers of twin titans of the game that contest its 2019 showpiece can only lead those looking to bet on the outcome in one direction.
It’s the Slam that the Djoker’s won most of all, with six successes in nine years between 2008 and 2016, when his relentless career briefly visited the Bermuda Triangle.
Conversely, it’s Nadal’s nadir Slam – the one he’s landed less than all the others, with his 2009 triumph the only time he’s swept all before him in Melbourne.
The man from Malaga has fallen at the final obstacle three times at the Aussie Open across his incredible career, with Djokovic his conqueror on two of those occasions.
Our Australian Open 2019 predictions of a victory for the betting favourite are further buoyed by the Serb’s domination over their recent head-to-head.
Djokovic has won eight of their last 10 showdowns across all surfaces and his last eight clashes with Nadal on decks other than the Spaniard’s beloved clay.
On hard courts specifically, the surface the Aussie Open decider will be contested on, Rafa has lost all bar one of his last 11 clashes with his long-time rival and failed to take a set off him in each of the last five.
The Spaniard is 4/1 not to win a set, while William Hill are offering Enhanced Odds about Djokovic winning the first set 6-1 or 6-2, pushing it out from 9/2 to 6/1.
Disagree with our pro-Djoker Australian Open 2019 predictions? Think Nadal can make a mockery of our traders’ evaluations? There’s also Enhanced Odds about Nadal to win 3-1, now 5/1 (from 4/1).
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.