Australian Open 2019 - Tennis Spread Betting Preview

Australian Open 2019 Preview: Roger Federer & Caroline Wozniacki Prepare For Title Defence

The world's finest tennis players will descend upon Melbourne to battle it out for glory at the 2019 Australian Open. The first Grand Slam of the year is always an entertaining affair and fans can expect to witness some dazzling feats of individual brilliance. The prize money for 2019 stands at a cool $60 million but of course the prestige that comes with winning the tournament is absolutely priceless. The men's competition will see titans of the game thrashing it out under the blazing Australian sun in epic five-setters, while the women's tournament looks thrillingly unpredictable. The ideal time to check out our Australian Open spread betting options then.

Roger Federer heads into the tournament as the defending champion after prevailing in a five-set thriller against Marin Cilic last year. The previous year he beat Rafa Nadal in another gruelling final so is now bidding to make it three in a row. The great Swiss has won this tournament six times, leaving him level with Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic among the most successful men in Australian Open history. If he seizes glory once more he will move out in front, and it would represent his 21st career Grand Slam. However, he has struggled at the last two slams, crashing out of Wimbledon at the quarter-finals and losing to the unheralded John Millman in the US Open fourth round.

Young Guns Bidding to Topple Federer and Co.

Federer is now 37 years old and some of the younger guns might fancy their chances of ushering in a brave new era by claiming victory. The chief among them is Alexander Zverev, the world number four, who beat Djokovic to land the ATP Finals title at the end of 2018. However, it is worth noting that there are no previous Grand Slam winners under the age of 30 in the men's game right now. The younger generation has consistently underwhelmed at Grand Slams and Zverev has never made it past the quarter-finals to date.

The veterans will gain the most attention from fans and pundits in the build-up to the tournament. Djokovic returned to the summit of the sport in 2018 winning both Wimbledon and the US Open to cement his greatness. He goes into this tournament as the clear favourite to lift the trophy, although Federer will be up for the fight. The likes of Stan Wawrinka are unseeded, but will be dangerous, while Nadal - fundamentally a clay court specialist - has also enjoyed a great deal of success on the hard surface during his career. Throw in exciting players like Anderson, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori and you have the basis for an exhilarating tournament.

Women's Game Remains Thrillingly Unpredictable

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka have won 35 of the last 36 Grand Slams between them, rarely giving anyone else a look-in. But the women's game is a riot, full of unpredictability, excitement and opportunity. The last eight Grand Slams have been won by eight different players, including the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko. At Wimbledon last year, the top 10 seeds all crashed out before the quarter-final stage. Upsets are extremely common and the volatility of the women's game makes predicting finals close to impossible.

Last year saw Caroline Wozniacki finally claim an elusive Grand Slam when she beat Simona Halep in the Australian Open final. The previous year, Serena Williams won the tournament while pregnant, an astonishing feat from a marvellous competitor. The women's game really opened up when she took time out to give birth and recover from that gruelling process, but now she is back in business and bidding for a first Grand Slam in two years. Having lost to Naomi Osaka in the final of the last major tournament, the US Open, she will be gunning for glory this time out, instilling fear among all her rivals.

Osaka is firmly in contention, along with big hitters like Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Garbine Muguruza. But recent times have taught us to expect the unexpected in women's tennis and plenty of long shots could also prove popular among punters. The Australian Open is always an unmissable tournament and Sporting Index offers a number of ways to enhance the excitement you experience when watching the action unfold.

Total Games Betting On The Australian Open

One of the most popular tennis spread betting options is the Total Games market. This allows you to speculate on the total number of games in a particular match, without having to guess who will win it. It's a really exciting market and can really heighten the thrill you experience when you watch the big contests at the Australian Open, offering much more variety than simply backing a player to win or lose. For each match, Sporting Index will make a prediction on the number of games there will be. If you think we have pitched it too low, you can buy on the top end of the spread, and if you think it is too high you can sell on the lower end.

As an example, let's say 2018 winner Roger Federer is up against Novak Djokovic and Sporting Index has offered a spread of 23.5-24.5 games. If you buy at 24.5 for £10 and it finishes 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 the market would settle at 29 meaning you would make a profit of £45 (7 + 5 + 2 + 6 + 6 + 3 = 29 and 29 - 24.5 = 4.5 and 4.5 x £10 = £45). However, if it finished 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 you would lose £5 as the total would be 24 games, 0.5 under the buy price of 24.5.

If you sold at £10 and it finished 6-0, 6-2, the market would settle at 14 and you would make a £95 profit, as 6 + 0 + 6 + 2 = 14; 23.5 - 14 = 9.5; and £10 x 9.5 = £95. However, if it finished 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, totalling 27 games, the market would settle at 3.5 over the sell price and you would lose £35.

You just have to decide whether it will be a simple, straight sets victory or a drawn-out affair, assessing the players' relative strengths and weaknesses to make the call. It really adds a fantastic degree of excitement to tennis matches and it is sure to prove popular throughout the 2019 Australian Open.

You can find the Total Games spreads and a whole host of other thrilling Australian Open markets right here at Sporting Index!

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