2021 Australian Open Tennis: Men's Singles Final Preview, Picks and Plays

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February 21, 2021 1:30 AM

The Men's Australian Open final has arrived and for the second day running our top pick pre-tournament is set to battle it out for the first Grand Slam of the season.

The pick: Daniil Medvedev to beat Novak Djokovic - $2

 

Naomi Osaka got the job done for us on the women’s side of the draw, now we’re sweating on Daniil Medvedev to complete the double! We’ll be riding home the 23 year-old to overcome Australian Open immortal Novak Djokovic on the big stage. 

Both players coasted through straight sets victories in the semi-finals, but Medvedev’s performance against the highly talented Stefanos Tsitsipas was particularly eye-catching. His big serve was simply too good, but he’ll need to go to another level again on the big stage because Djokovic’s defence is world class. 

Medvedev’s record over the Serbian is also quite impressive. He’s won three of their last four matches including their most recent match at the Nitto Finals back in November in straight sets. He’ll take a lot of confidence from that performance and if he can overcome the Grand Slam jitters he will be right in this match. 

Djokovic’s form hasn’t been at its absolute best throughout the tournament. He’s grinded out most of his wins and found a way to fight through injury, but the semi-final was his only straight sets win since the first round which is very unlike Novak. If he shows any sign of weakness against someone of Medvedev’s quality it might be all he needs to pounce. 

Maybe it’s our futures tickets talking here, but we think Medvedev is a fantastic chance to break through for his maiden Grand Slam.

Note: If you took Medvedev at +550 at the start of the tournament, throw a saver bet on Djokovic to win to cover your stake!

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