Australian Open 2022 Tips, Predictions & Preview

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Australian Open Tips

Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka will attempt to defend their Australian Open titles when the 2022 tournament takes place in January.

Expert tips, predictions and daily best bets for the 2022 Australian Open, live from Melbourne Park.

Who will win the Australian Open in 2022?

The 2022 Australian Open is scheduled to take place in January when the world’s best players return to Melbourne in search of a coveted Grand Slam title.

Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the defending champions.

We will provide daily best bets and multis for the 2022 Australian Open, along with our predictions and tips for the outright winner.

You can read on below for our tipping results from the 2021 tournament.


Daily Best Bets

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TIPS: PREVIOUS RESULTS

MEN ๐Ÿ‘‡

DAY 1: Alex Bolt to beat Norbert Gombos (H2H) @ $1.90ย โœ…
DAY 2: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Gilles Simon: Total Games over 30.5 @ $1.83 โŒ
DAY 3: Denis Shapovalov to beat Bernard Tomic 3-0 @ $1.80 โœ…
DAY 4: Carlos Alcaraz to beat Mikael Ymer (H2H) @ $1.50 โŒ
DAY 5: Denis Shapovalov (-3.5) to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime @ $1.96 โŒ
DAY 6: Stefanos Tsitsipas to beat Mikael Ymer 3-0 & Rafael Nadal to beat Cameron Norrie 3-0 @ $1.92 โœ…
DAY 7: Novak Djokovic (-3.5) to beat Milos Raonic @ $1.96 โœ…
DAY 8: Andrey Rublev to beat Casper Ruud 3-0 @ $1.80 โœ… (Ruud retired down 2-0)
DAY 9: Grigor Dimitrov (-3.5) to beat Aslan Karatsev @ $1.80 โŒ
DAY 10: Daniil Medvedev (-3.5) to beat Andrey Rublev @ $1.68 โœ…
DAY 11: Novak Djokovic to beat Aslan Karatsev 3-0 @ $1.70 โœ…
DAY 12: Daniil Medvedev to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas & both players to win a set @ $2.30 โŒ

WOMEN ๐Ÿ‘‡

DAY 1: Caroline Garcia to beat Polona Hercog (H2H) @ $1.53 โœ…
DAY 2: Elise Mertens to beat Leylah Fernandez 2-0 @ $1.70 โœ…
DAY 3: Veronika Kudermetova to beat Varvara Gracheva 2-0 @ $1.60 โŒ
DAY 4: Jessica Pegula to beat Sam Stosur, Karolina Muchova to beat Mona Barthel & Elise Mertens to beat Zhu Lin 2-0 @ $1.74 โœ…
DAY 5: Simona Halep to beat Veronika Kudermetova 2-0 @ $2.20 โœ…
DAY 6: Jennifer Brady to beat Kaja Juvan 2-0 @ $1.53 โœ…
DAY 7: Simona Halep to beat Iga Swiatek at $1.72 โœ…
DAY 8: Jennifer Brady to beat Donna Vekic 2-0 @ $1.80 โœ…
DAY 9: Serena Williams to beat Simona Halep @ $1.74 โœ…
DAY 10: Jennifer Brady to beat Jessica Pegula 2-0 @ $2.05 โŒ
DAY 11: Naomi Osaka to beat Serena Williams (H2H) @ $1.65 โœ…
DAY 13: Naomi Osaka to beat Jennifer Brady 2-0 @ $1.60 โœ…

Australian Open Men: Best Bet for Friday February 19

Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev: Over 38.5 Games @ $1.67 with Sportsbet

Itโ€™s a blockbuster final showdown and a genuine coin flip when Djokovic and Medvedev square off for the Australian Open title on Sunday night – but I am confident this will be a lengthy affair.

Djokovic has seen over 38.5 games in four of his last five matches and five of the seven meetings between the Serbian and Medvedev have gone past straight sets.

These two will engage in long, gruelling baseline rallies and it will be a definite war of attrition out there – and Medvedev is more than capable of making a real match and perhaps even pulling off the victory.

However, itโ€™s extremely tough to back against Djokovic in Australian Open finals – he is an extraordinary 8-0 after all. But, Medvedev brings a 20-match winning streak into this encounter and has won his last 12 matches against top 10 players – including Djokovic himself at the ATP Finals in November.

Itโ€™s shaping as a classic if both bring their best to the court and I think it will be going at least four sets – making the over 38.5 games market an almost certainty.

Australian Open Women: Best Bet for Saturday February 20

Naomi Osaka to beat Jennifer Brady 2-0 @ $1.60 with Sportsbet

Osaka was my pick at the start of the tournament and I think sheโ€™s set for a routine victory, fourth Grand Slam title and second Australian Open crown on Saturday night.

The World No. 3 is on a 20-match winning streak and playing some unstoppable tennis right now, saving match points to beat Garbine Muguruza before easing past Hsieh Su-Wei and Serena Williams.

Osaka has been serving impeccably and has the experience at this level. Sheโ€™s comfortable in the spotlight and the occasion shouldnโ€™t overwhelm her.

By contrast, Brady has been on a steady decline as the tournament has progressed. The American had an easy draw to make the quarter-finals without dropping a set, but sheโ€™s been heavily tested in three-set wins over Jessica Pegula in the quarters and Karolina Muchova in the semis.

Osaka is an enormous step up in class – and that combined with the pressure of competing in a first major final could see Brady crumble on Saturday night.

Brady has admitted to feeling more nervous as the tournament has gone on and there is a high chance she will be overwhelmed by the combination of playing a slam final and Osakaโ€™s blistering form.

Osaka has swept aside more difficult players in straight sets on her run to the final and should be able to make light work of Brady to secure a fourth major title.


Daily Multi Tips

Our tennis expert will release his ‘Daily Double’ โšก๏ธ, ‘Best Multi’ ๐Ÿ† and ‘Value Multi’ ๐Ÿ’ฐย  for every day of the tournament. We have listed our ‘Best Multi’ below, but be sure to check out and bookmark this page for all our Australian Open multi tipping predictions.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TIPS: DAILY DOUBLE RESULTS

DAY 1: $2.00 โœ…
DAY 2: $2.00 โœ…
DAY 3: $2.06 โœ…
DAY 4: $2.16 โŒ
DAY 5: $1.94 โŒ
DAY 6: $1.92 โœ…
DAY 7: $2.22 โŒ
DAY 8: $1.85 โœ…
DAY 9: $1.95 โŒ
DAY 10: $1.85 โœ…
DAY 11: $2.80 โœ…

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TIPS: BEST MULTI RESULTS

DAY 1: $7.00 โœ…
DAY 2: $8.00 โŒ
DAY 3: $7.00 โŒ
DAY 4: $4.00 โœ…
DAY 5: $6.45 โŒ
Day 6: $4.53 โŒ
DAY 7: $5.41 โŒ
DAY 8: $5.59 โŒ
DAY 9: $7.09 โŒ
DAY 10: $7.50 โŒ
DAY 11: $4.59 โœ…


Australian Open Seeds

MEN

1. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Novak Djokovic
2. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Rafael Nadal
3. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Dominic Thiem
4. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Daniil Medvedev
5. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Stefanos Tsitsipas
6. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Alexander ZvereV
7. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Andrey Rublev
8. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Diego Schwartzman
9. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Matteo Berrettini
10. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Gael Monfils
11. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Denis Shapovalov
12. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Roberto Bautista Agut
13. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช David Goffin
14. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Milos Raonic
15. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Pablo Carreno Busta
16. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Fabio Fognini
17. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Stan Wawrinka
18. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Grigor Dimitrov
19. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Karen Khachanov
20. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Felix Auger-Aliassime
21. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Alex de Minaur
22. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Borna Coric
23. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Dusan Lajovic
24. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Casper Ruud
25. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Benoit Paire
26. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Hubert Hurkacz
27. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Taylor Fritz
28. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Filip Krajinovic
29. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Ugo Humbert
30. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Dan Evans
31. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Lorenzo Sonego
32. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Adrian Mannarino

WOMEN

1. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Ash Barty
2. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Simona Halep
3. ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Naomi Osaka
4. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Sofia Kenin
5. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Elina Svitolina
6. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Karolina Pliskova
7. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Aryna Sabalenka
8. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bianca Andreescu
9. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova
10. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Serena Williams
11. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Belinda Bencic
12. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Victoria Azarenka
13. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Johanna Konta
14. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza
15. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Iga Swiatek
16. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Petra Martic
17. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Elena Rybakina
18. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Elise Mertens
19. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Marketa Vondrousova
20. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Maria Sakkari
21. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Anett Kontaveit
22. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Jennifer Brady
23. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Angelique Kerber
24. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Alison Riske
25. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Karolina Muchova
26. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Yulia Putintseva
27. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ Ons Jabeur
28. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Donna Veki
29. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Alexandrova
30. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Wang Qiang
31. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Zhang Shuai
32. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Veronika Kudermetova


Australian Open Tips & Predictions (men)

Who will win the men’s Australian Open in 2021?

World No. 1 and now the undisputed greatest Australian Open champion in history, Novak Djokovic will once again be the man to beat as the Serbian returns to Melbourne Park in search of a ninth title.

Djokovic conquered Dominic Thiem in five sets in last seasonโ€™s final, but that would ultimately be the high point in a year like no other, with the 17-time major champion defaulted from the US Open, receiving a straight sets demolition job from Rafael Nadal in the French Open final and suffering a semi-final loss to Thiem at the ATP Finals in November.

Throw in the controversy surrounding the Adria Tour during the middle of the year and it was certainly a roller-coaster season for Djokovic. However, until proven otherwise, he is the main man at Melbourne and he started a deserved favourite to emerge triumphant once again in 2021.

With Nadal never really producing his best tennis in Melbourne and Roger Federer in doubt as he continues to recover from knee surgery, perhaps Thiem – who captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open – will be his fiercest rival once more. The Austrian took advantage of Djokovicโ€™s default in New York to finally get his hands on major silverware, holding off Alexander Zverev in one of the tensest fifth-set tiebreaks you will ever see.

Thiem has improved his hardcourt play considerably over the last two years and is a genuine contender in Melbourne, but can his muscular baseline game hold up over five sets against Djokovicโ€™s brick-wall defence? It didnโ€™t last year and he will have to be operating at the absolute peak of his powers to reverse the result of last yearโ€™s final.

Then thereโ€™s the Next Gen, who are finally starting to make some noise. Stefanos Tsitsipas made his breakthrough in Melbourne two years ago when he beat Federer to reach the semi-finals, Alexander Zverev got the Grand Slam monkey off his back by making the US Open final, Daniil Medvedev advanced to the 2019 US Open final and backed that up with a semi-final run in 2020 and Andrey Rublev was on fire throughout the disrupted 2020 season, leading the tour for the most titles won with five and equalling Djokovic with a tour-leading 41 match wins.

Australian stars Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur are also worth keeping an eye on in their home slam.

In saying that, thereโ€™s still question marks surrounding all of them. Tsitsipas is still far too erratic and unreliable, Zverev has the yips on serve that isnโ€™t showing signs of improving, Medvedev is as temperamental as they come and Rublev has never made it past the quarter-finals of a major tournament. Kyrgios can beat anyone and lose to anyone on any given day and thatโ€™s not conducive to winning seven best-of-five matches over two weeks, while de Minaur still doesnโ€™t have the weapons to beat the very best on the biggest stages.

Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite for me and Thiem is a close second. Nadal can never be discounted, but I donโ€™t like his chances of lifting the trophy in Melbourne. After that, itโ€™s an open field, but out of the young guns, Rublev is my best pick as the smokey.


Australian Open Tips & Predictions (women)

Who will win the women’s Australian Open in 2021?

Unlike the menโ€™s field, where there are only a handful of realistic contenders, the womenโ€™s event is much more open – so much so you could make a genuine case for over 20 players to take home the title,

But, while itโ€™s much harder to predict the champion, that means thereโ€™s significantly more value in your return if you can tip the winner – even if you decide to go with the favourites.

Naomi Osaka is currently the favourite with most bookmakers and I think sheโ€™s excellent value at $9.00 with bet365 at the time of writing. The Japanese-Haitian is becoming increasingly more comfortable with her role in the spotlight as a top player and put together a superb 16-2 record in 2020, with her obvious highlight coming at the US Open, where she captured the third major title of her career with a win over Victoria Azarenka in the final.

Osaka has form in Australia after winning the US Open the previous year – she made it back-to-back slams in 2018-19 when she defeated Petra Kvitova in the final and with so much uncertainty surrounding the tour these days, she is as good a bet as any to repeat that feat in 2021.

Ash Barty would be a cinderella story for homegrown fans as the World No. 1 aims to become the first local to win the Australian Open since Evonne Goolagong Cawley, but I donโ€™t like her chances. Barty is the kind of player that needs rhythm and a lot of matches to hit top form and she hasnโ€™t played a single match since last yearโ€™s Australian Open, opting to skip the US Open and her French Open title defence. Add in the pressure of competing at home and itโ€™s an enormous task for the Aussie.

Sofia Kenin – the defending champion who knocked Barty out in the semi-finals – is such a dogged competitor and isnโ€™t the type who will be overawed at the prospect of defending a slam title for the first time. The Americanโ€™s counterpunching game is extremely reliable and it usually takes a very classy performance to beat her. In these uncertain times, Kenin is a player where you know what youโ€™re going to get and you could certainly do worse than backing her to make it shock back-to-back Australian Open titles.

Serena Williams of course can never be ruled out, but the legendary American has struggled to stay fit and produce her best tennis over the space of two weeks at a slam since returning to the tour and itโ€™s only going to get more difficult for her to surpass Margaret Courtโ€™s record as time goes on. Serena is facing a race against the clock, suffering more and more uncharacteristic defeats and is simply not as good as she once was.

Simona Halep, another former champion with Aussie coach Darren Cahill in her corner, is another reliable option and is a proven champion on these shores, but she still remains prone to being overpowered by โ€˜in-the-zoneโ€™ flashy players. One of those instances came at the French Open when she was eliminated by Iga Swiatek, who went on to claim a shock first major title. Swiatek is the real deal, but sheโ€™s still a very raw talent at 19 and I canโ€™t see her making it consecutive slam triumphs here.

In closing notes, Garbine Muguruza is always worth keeping an eye on, Karolina Pliskova consistently stumbles at slams, Elina Svitolina continues to struggle inside the major arena and Bianca Andreescu remains a complete unknown quantity having sat out the entire 2020 season. One dark horse to look out for is Elise Mertens, who won tons of matches in 2020 and has been a semi-finalist in Melbourne before.

Osaka won the last hardcourt slam, has emerged victorious in Melbourne before and is a much more experienced player than when she last triumphed at the Australian Open two years ago. Sheโ€™s my favourite for 2021.

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