At the start of the season there was plenty of hype from the tennis community and a lot of gamblers about “generation next” stepping up to take over from the “Big Four” that has dominated for so long in men’s tennis. The 2019 Australian Open men’s final be between two arch rivals when number one in the world ranked Novak Djokovic and number two ranked Rafael Nadal will meet for the 53rd time in their careers and for the 24th time in a finals matchup. This will be the 51st time in the past 56th Grand Slam tournaments that one of the Big Four of men’s tennis, Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray will take home a major trophy. Nadal summed up the situation quite well when he said, “The new generation is coming hard but can wait a little bit.”
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2019 Australian Open Men’s Final Djokovic vs. Nadal
Date and Time: Sunday, January, 27, 2019, 3:30 a.m. ET
Location:Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Australia
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Novak Djokovic -136
Rafael Nadal +116
2019 Australian Open TV Coverage: ESPN
This finals matchup between Djokovic and Nadal will draw a considerable amount of Live Betting action. Not only are they two of the biggest and most recognizable names in the sport but they are also well-regarded champions the gamblers have entrusted time and again for big profits. Live betting figures to be hot with the changing dynamics of the match offering some potentially strong values, especially on the underdog at a given moment.
Nadal and Djokovic Peaking
Rafael Nadal is arguably playing the best tennis of his career. Like a fine wine he only seems to get better with age. But the challenge facing Nadal is that Novak Djokovic is also on a roll with basically perfect play heading into this championship match.
Djokovic Dominates Semifinal
In the semifinal against number 28 Lucas Pouille, Djokovic pummeled him for a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 win in which he made only five unforced errors. Djokovic will be fresh for the final against Nadal as he barely broke a sweat in a match that took only 93 minutes to complete.
“Considering the occasion, this is one of the best matches I’ve played on Rod Laver in my career,” said Djokovic, 31. “Every professional athlete wants to be in the zone, where everything flows effortlessly and you are executing automatically. You’re driven by some force that takes over and you feel divine, in a different dimension.”
Nadal Shortens Motion and Matches
The 32-year-old Nadal has made the final without dropping a single set for only the seventh time in his career. Nadal is a 17-time Grand Slam champ and believes that his improved service motion has allowed him to shorten his contests.
“There is not a better way to be aggressive than to hit every shot with the goal to create damage on the opponent,” said Nadal after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinal. “Today I can do that damage a little bit earlier than before because during this event I have been serving great. When you serve great, the first ball is normally a little bit easier. During all my career I never had that serve. But today I’m serving better.”
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Consider that Djokovic owns a 14-5 advantage in outdoor hardcourt matches vs. Nadal. His domination of the unfortunate and overmatched Lucas Pouille was cause for fear. But as machine like as Djokovic has been Nadal has never looked better. He has also played with more aggression than what gamblers and fans are used to seeing out of him. Nadal’s win in the semifinal was labeled as “brutal” with a backhand that was devastating. In a matchup of two of the best the underdog rates the better value.
Tennis Betting Odds: Rafael Nadal
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