The Australian Open has already featured a series of thrilling matches and exciting upsets. Two of the greatest tennis stars of all-time have already been eliminated from the tournament, as Roger Federer fell in the fourth round and Serena Williams was defeated in the quarterfinals. Nevertheless, here is our betting preview for the semifinals.
As mentioned above, the Aussie Open semifinals will be without Federer, but two other all-time greats are still competing for their first major title of the year. Novak Djokovic continued his domination of Japanese star Kei Nishikori, defeating him in straight sets to advance to the semis. Djokovic and Nishikori have met 18 times, with the Serbian winning 16 of those head-to-head matches. Frenchman Lucas Pouille will be waiting for the Joker in the semifinals, after upsetting Canadian Milos Raonic in the quarters. Despite being heavily favored (1.06) at Rush777, Djokovic could be susceptible for an upset, as he has been hindered by injuries that were sustained earlier in the tournament. With that being said, they didn’t slow him down in the previous match against a tougher opponent.
On the other side of the bracket, Spanish legend Rafael Nadal has yet to drop a single set in the tournament on his way to making yet another major semifinal. He must be careful, however, as Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas will be waiting for him. The 20-year-old defeated Federer in the fourth round and will get set to face his second Spanish opponent in a row, after defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. Much like Djokovic, Nadal will enter the match as a big favorite (1.17), so we could be in store for an all-time final if the two top seeds are able to handle their business before the weekend.
Unfortunately, super Serena stumbled in the quarters, preventing us from seeing a rematch of the controversial 2018 U.S. Open Final that ended in Naomi Osaka’s first major title. The budding Japanese superstar handled her business against sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals and will now face the woman who upset the G.O.A.T., Karolina Pliskova. This women’s semifinal could be one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament, as two top-7 players face off, with Osaka (1.72) being slightly favored over Pliskova (2.09).
The other side of the bracket features a more lopsided matchup, as eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova squares off with unseeded American Danielle Collins. The 25-year-old American has pulled off upset after upset on her way to the Australian Open semifinals, including a dominating performance against second-seeded Angelique Kerber in the fourth round. She will be the underdog (4.10) once again, as Kvitova (1.22) gets set for her first Grand Slam semifinal since the tragic stabbing that occurred two years ago, almost ending her professional career. We could be in store for an all-Czech final if Pliskova and Kvitova can handle their business.