It’s the men’s semi-finals that take centre stage at the Australian Open on Friday with two places in Sunday’s Grand Slam final up for grabs.
Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas go head-to-head in the first semi-final of the day, before nine-time champion Novak Djokovic takes on American surprise package Tommy Paul in the second match.
Australian Open Betting Tips
Stefanos Tsitsipas to beat Karen Khachanov 3-0 @ 15/8
With just two matches between them and the first Grand Slam title of 2023, Tsitsipas and Khachanov prepare to do battle for the sixth time in their careers on Friday.
The head-to-head record makes for one-sided reading, with Greek star Tsitsipas winning all five of their previous encounters.
Tsitsipas has been in impressive form Down Under, so far winning four of his five matches at the competition with a 3-0 scoreline.
Khachanov faced Sebastian Korda in the quarter-finals of the competition but the match was cut short when the American was forced to retire due to injury. He was staring down the barrel of defeat after going 7-6 6-3 3-0 down in the contest before a wrist injury forced the 22-year-old to retire.
Khachanov progressed and now the Russian faces his biggest test of the Aussie Open so far against Tsitsipas.
Given the head-to-head record between these players, and Tsitsipas’ form through the competition this month, the Greek star is well-priced at 15/8 to win in straight sets on his way to a first Australian Open final of his career.
Novak Djokovic to beat Tommy Paul 3-0 @ 1/2
One man who is no stranger to the final at Melbourne Park is nine-time Australian Open winner Djokovic.
The 35-year-old is going in search of a 22nd Grand Slam title of his career, which would put him back level with Rafael Nadal at the top of the charts.
Paul is the man who stands in the way of Djokovic and a return to the final, with the 25-year-old beating the likes of Jenson Brooksby, Roberto Bautista Agut and Ben Shelton on his way to the last four.
The American has managed to find a reasonable route to the semi-finals, without facing a single top-20 player.
Djokovic will pose the biggest test for Paul, with the Serb star winning 15 sets and losing just one on his way to the semis.
The veteran will be full of confidence after he breezed past the Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals with a straight-sets win, that only required 25 games on the night.
This should be another straight-forward victory for Djokovic, who is 1/2 to win 3-0 and reach Sunday’s final in Melbourne.
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