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Djokovic v Nadal: Bookies weigh in on Australian Open men’s singles final

Leigh Copson 25 Jan 2019
Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The world’s top two, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, will go head-to-head for the first men’s Grand Slam title of the year on Sunday, but who will leave Melbourne as the Australian Open as champion?

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World number one Djokovic came into the tournament as the bookmakers’ favourite to go all the way in Melbourne, and while he has dropped a couple of sets along the way, it has been largely plain-sailing for the 31-year-old Serb.

Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Medvedev were both able to take Djokovic to four sets in their respective match-ups, but the Serb spent very little time on court in the quarter-finals as Kei Nishikori was forced to retire through injury in the second set, and he made lightning-quick work of Lucas Pouille in the semi-finals.

Pouille was making his first appearance in the final four a Grand Slam tournament and he was taught a harsh lesson by the world number one, who broke his opponent seven times as he stormed to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 victory in just 83 minutes, securing his seventh appearance in the final of the Australian Open.

Djokovic boasts a perfect record when reaching the final of this tournament, but looking to deny him a seventh Australian Open title is four-time finalist Rafael Nadal, who rolled over Roger Federer’s conqueror, Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to book his place in Sunday’s grand finale.

The world number two needed only one hour and 46 minutes to complete a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 win over the Greek youngster, but he faces a gigantic step-up in quality when he takes on Djokovic and he will do it knowing that his Australian Open final record is not all that great.

While Nadal has made it to the final on four occasions, he has not won this tournament since 2009 and has been beaten in each of his last three final appearances, a run that includes a five-set defeat to Djokovic back in 2012.

So can Nadal end his losing ways in the Australian Open Final or will Djokovic repeat his 2012 success against the Spaniard?

The odds are in and bookmaker bet365 has installed Djokovic as the 10/13 favourite for this meeting, but Nadal is yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament and has been utterly dominant in recent rounds, so the firm is not ruling out victory for the Spaniard at 11/10.

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Djokovic v Nadal: Bookies weigh in on Australian Open men’s singles final

The world’s top two, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, will go head-to-head for the first men’s Grand Slam title of the year on Sunday, but who will leave Melbourne as the Australian Open as champion?

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