Angelo Montilla | Fri 12/01/2018 - 21:41 EST

2018 Australian Open Outright Winner Prediction

Odds courtesy of Bovada.lv.

Men's Australian Open - Outright Winner

ATP

Roger Federer (+180)

The all-time leader in grand slams will attempt to add another major trophy when the Australian Open begins on Monday. Roger Federer, who won the Australian Open last year, goes into the 2018 tournament as an enticing +180 favorite. The defending champion will enjoy a favorable draw as well and will open against Aljaz Bedene in the opening round. Federer will likely get through to the quarter-finals with ease, but it will be a challenge going forward from there. Even so, it’s worth putting your money on the 5-time Australian Open champion.

Rafael Nadal (+400)

The master of clay has not had much success at the Australian Open since winning the tournament in 2009 — the only time Rafael Nadal has captured the title in Melbourne. However, expect money to come pouring in on Nadal — the World No. 1 who is an intriguing +400 favorite to win outright. Only Federer has better odds to win the championship. Nadal reached the finals a year ago but fell short against Federer in the championship match.

Novak Djokovic (+500)

The Australian Open has been dominated by the former World No. 1, who has captured the title six times in the last 10 years. However, for the first time in a long time, Djokovic went a full year without winning a grand slam — the first time since the 2010 ATP season. That is due to the fact the Croatian star taking six months off to recover from injuries. He may enter this tournament as the 14th seed, but Djokovic is still among the heavy favorites.

Player to Watch

The Canadian rising star is making his way through the qualifiers but will be a player to keep a close watch on when the championship rounds begin on Monday. Denis Shapovalov reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open in 2017 and has proven to be a threat on hard court surfaces. If you’re looking for a long shot, take Shapovalov at +10000.

Australian Open Pick: Novak Djokovic (+500)

Women's Australian Open - Outright Winner

WTA

Elina Svitolina (+750)

There’s a new rising star on the WTA Tour and it’s Elina Svitolina, the Ukrainian who is ranked third in the world and is still seeking a first grand slam title. That could come as soon as the couple weeks as Svitolina enters the Australian Open as the +750 favorite to win it all. Fresh off a championship in Brisbane this season, Svitolina will be looking to keep rolling when she hits the hard court at Melbourne Park. Svitolina won five tournaments in 2017 — Taipei City, Dubai, Istanbul, Rome and Toronto.

Simona Halep (+750)

The World No. 1 is also a frontrunner to win the Australian Open as Simona Halep comes in at +750 to capture her first Grand Slam title. Halep is off to a strong start in 2018, winning one tournament — already matching her titles from last season. Halep has reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on two occasions — 2014 and 2015 — but has not been able to get past that point. With Serena Williams still out of the fold, this may be Halep’s time to shine and finally get a taste of Grand Slam glory.

Angelique Kerber (+1000)

A former World No. 1, Angelique Kerber has rediscovered the success that earned her 2 Grand Slam crowns in 2016. The German star goes into the Australian Open as a 21 seed and a +1000 underdog. Get in on that line while you can as it will drastically move once Kerber starts advancing through the competition and challenge for a second career Aussie Open title. Kerber struggled last season but has already made it to the Sydney finals and has regained her championship form.

Player to Watch

Don’t count out Maria Sharapova from the Australian Open championship discussion. Coming in as a +1200 underdog, that is a bargain price for Sharapova, who has captured four Grand Slam titles in her career. Sharapova won her third grand slam championship in 2008, winning at Melbourne for the first time. However, it’s been four years since the Russian star has won a major.

Australian Open Pick: Angelique Kerber (+1000)

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