History and Immortality for the Remarkable Federer!

Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic (6-2, 6-7 [5-7], 6-3, 3-6, 6-1)

It wasn’t an easy victory in Melbourne, but King Rog managed to get the job done as he became the first man to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

Marin Cilic didn’t disappoint and delighted sports betting fans with a terrific display at Rod Laver Arena. He made life hard for Roger Federer and forced the Australian Open final to a decider, almost pulling off a live betting upset on the way.

Nonetheless, the Croatian star just didn’t have enough and faltered in the final set that paved the way for the Fed Express—unarguably the online gambling favourite throughout—to run away with the title.

It looked like the 36-year-old Fed was on his way to another comfortable win. He was never challenged in the tournament, and his superb performance continued as he claimed the first set against Cilic in just 24 minutes.

The real battle, however, started in the second, with the Croat finally finding his rhythm. The see-saw affair saw both players go toe to toe and exchange massive forehands before Cilic eventually won the tiebreak.

Despite Federer winning the third in clinical fashion, he failed to carry the momentum in the penultimate set. The Swiss Maestro went 2-0 up and appeared to be putting an end to the game, but he succumbed to Cilic’s strength and even conceded six straight points while serving.

It was a different story in the decider amid the electric intensity that embraced the court. As the pressure takes its toll on Cilic, Federer took advantage and let his emotions loose to surge to an unassailable 4-1 lead. He didn’t slow down and closed out the match in style.

Post-match statistics showed where Federer dominated. He had 24 aces—eight more than Cilic’s—and won 80 percent of his first serve points.

With the win, Federer joined the likes of Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf as the only players to win 20 or more singles slam titles. It’s also his sixth time lifting the trophy at Melbourne Park, becoming the oldest Australian Open winner since the 37-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1972.

“I’m so happy,” Federer said. “Winning is an absolute dream come true. The fairytale continues for us, for me. After the great year I had last year, it’s incredible.”

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The Best Night! Wozniacki Excited in Live Betting Thriller

Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4

The Australian Open is an extravagant sports betting event in terms of intensity and memorable moments. However, not everyone sees the women’s game as great as the men’s.

Fans sceptical about the drama of the women’s game were taken for a wild spin as Caroline Wozniacki made an emphatic statement about the state of women’s tennis. She won a tense match that almost saw Halep — the favourite of many betting sites before the clash — run away with the trophy.

The Romanian wonder picked up where she left off in the semi-final against Angelique Kerber despite negotiating with a niggling ankle injury, and the first set went the distance. Wozniacki, fortunately, held her ground and broke Halep’s serves, winning the tiebreak 7-2.

Halep then went into overdrive and forced the third set. She used her powerful serves set up easy winners. Wozniacki could not stop her opponent and was forced to take the match to the tense third set.

Fans were starting to smell another epic finale when Halep led 4-3 in the clincher, and that they got in another form. They bore witness to the Danish star winning the match’s last three sets through skill and grit.

The final game saw Halep crack under the pressure and commit her first double fault of the match. Fans saw 45 seconds of pure beauty and skill as Wozniacki wins the championship point with a powerful forehand volley.

The now-World No1 broke down to the ground after seeing her opponent send the ball into the net. Everyone was standing, recognizing and applauding the special game these two brilliant ladies played.

Halep was disappointed in her loss but congratulated her opponent: “Of course I’m sad I couldn’t win today, but Caroline was better than me. But of course, I’ll fight, and I have many years to go so hopefully I will face another challenge like I did today.”

Meanwhile, the first Danish player to win a major singles title was thankful for the moment.”To be here today is a dream come true,” said Wozniacki to the crowd. “It’s a very emotional moment. The fans have been incredible all week, thanks everybody for coming out and supporting us. It’s been an incredible two weeks.”

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This is a Classic Battle You Shouldn’t Miss!

Australian Open Men’s Singles Final

Roger Federer (SUI) vs Marin Cilic (CRO)

The Australian Open reaches its climax with a classic battle between two of the ATP’s finest!

Chung Hyeon had taken online betting fans on a magical ride, but his unfortunate retirement quickly ended what was supposed to be another masterclass performance by Federer. He reminded everyone why the 36-year-old is still the man to beat and is the favourite among betting websites at -2.50 @ 2.28.

Cilic gets a boost from Asian Handicap betting, with a +1.50 handicap promising 2.47 to punters. The younger Croat may look like the biggest underdog when placed side by side to Roger, but he is more than ready to take the fight to the multi-Grand Slam winner.

Cilic quickly dispatched Kyle Edmund in the semi-finals and came out victorious out of a tense struggle with Rafael Nadal. While we can see his unusually long matches in the tournament as signs of his inconsistency, we can also peruse it as a testament to his strong mental condition throughout the tilt.

Meanwhile, Federer continues to defy age with every win. All of his matches in the tournament (save his most recent bout with Chung) were settled in quick, successive sets. The Swiss’ razor-sharp game will be a huge threat to Cilic.

What Cilic needs to do is to force Federer to play his game. He needs to outplay him in the serves, stop him from getting into his rhythm and continuously disrupt him. While these tasks sound gargantuan in nature, these things are the least he can do to at least secure an upset.

Whatever happens, I’m sure that this final will be one a lot of fans will be talking about. This tournament has been a blast, and I’m sure the grand finale will be a treat!

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It’s the Fight for a First Grand Slam Title!

Australian Open Women’s Singles Final

Simona Halep vs Caroline Wozniacki

World No.1 meets World No.2 in a high-stakes live betting affair that will give the winner her first-ever Grand Slam title.

Both online betting darlings haven’t won a major singles trophy, but that is about to end for one of them as the Australian Open title is now up for grabs. There’s also the incentive of topping the WTA rankings, with Wozniacki able to topple Halep with the victory.

While most fans would easily favour the top-seeded Halep to reign supreme, betting odds suggest that the matchup will be a tight one that could well go down as a classic.

Wozniacki made a strong statement in the semi-finals against Elise Mertens, taking down the Melbourne debutant in straight sets. Mertens tried to fight back in the second frame, but Wozniacki showed that she’s ready for the big event as she displayed consistency and held her nerves to win.

Halep, meanwhile, displayed a near flawless performance in the quarter-finals against Karolina Pliskova. Sure enough, she had a hard time against former No.1 Angelique Kerber—needing three sets, 35 games and almost two and half hours to secure her ticket to this stage—but she proved in that match that she’s no longer the player that chokes on important battles.

Considering their head-to-head record, Wozniacki has the edge. The Dane won their last three meetings, the latest in the WTA Finals in Singapore where she took down the Romanian in just 14 games.

Rest could also play a role in this final given that Halep had a more taxing semi-final as compared to Wozniacki.

Nonetheless, Halep is the highest-rated female star for a reason. Her mentality has always been an issue, but she has been a lot more positive recently as seen in her brilliant performance and much-improved body language in the tournament.

Not to mention that she packs more power—a weapon that could be the decisive factor considering that they can both run and chase down balls.

Indeed, this is anyone’s game now. However, while Wozniacki is capable, I like the chances of Halep winning on Game Handicap -2.50 @ 2.02 especially with the visible improvements she has shown so far.

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Can Super Chung Shock Betting Odds Once More?

Chung Hyeon is the newest darling of tennis fans and sports betting circles around the world after becoming the first South Korean to reach a Grand Slam semi-final.

While the illustrious trophy is still far from reach, betting websites and casual watchers are looking at the 21-year-old with great interest.

Of course, there’s the match between Marin Cilic and Kyle Edmund, but all eyes are fixated on the duel between Chung and Roger Federer.

Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Cilic is the heavy favourite to end up as a finalist at the Rod Laver Arena, but Kyle Edmund will do everything in his power to upset the party.

Kyle Edmund kicked Grigor Dimitrov out of the tournament in four sets in relative ease. Meanwhile, Cilic got a bit of a boost from Rafael Nadal’s injury to get himself to the Last Four.

I still think Cilic will win this match, but Edmund should be able to steal a set or two. Punters should look at Cilic’s -1.50 Asian Handicap for 1.70.

Chung Hyeon (KOR) vs Roger Federer (SUI)

Young Gun Chung is more than excited to be at this stage of the tournament than anyone else in the world. He said that he’s ready to play whoever won between Federer and Tomas Berdych.

I hope he’s ready for a tough fight as Federer looks as timeless as ever. Save his tough clash with Alexander Sverev, the Swiss champion won all of his games in straight sets.

I expect a fantastic game between this two, given how Chung scrapped for every point in this tournament so far. I won’t be surprised if Federer takes the other Finals spot, but I’ll be more than happy to see Chung stand on top.

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Will There Be Giant Killings in the Aussie Open?

Australian Open Women’s Singles SF

The top two seeds meet two strong semi-finalists in what is anticipated to be an action-packed sports betting affair in Melbourne.

Online gambling favourites Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki are predicted to dominate; but as what we have seen from Elise Mertens and Angelique Kerber so far, they are more than capable of pulling off a live betting upset.

Elise Mertens vs Caroline Wozniacki

Caro is two matches away to her first-ever Grand Slam title, so fans can expect her to go all out from here on.

Mertens, however, poses a huge threat to the hopeful Dane. Not only is the Belgian playing clean, aggressive tennis, but she also appears to be in a better form given the fact that she hasn’t dropped a single set in the tournament—even against the fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina.

Experience and defence will be Wozniacki’s primary weapons in this game, but she needs to avoid falling on the same trap as Svitolina, who retreated to a defensive style and played many of her shots safely.

I think this fight will go the distance, but I like the chances of Mertens on Money Line Odds that pays 2.63 given that she has the rest advantage over Wozniacki.

Angelique Kerber vs Simona Halep

Kerber showed everyone that she still has much left on her tank after destroying the big-hitting Madison Keys in just 51 minutes.

Her return game and defence are at their peak as proven by the fact that Keys was not able to hit even one service ace in their quarter-final meeting—that’s after the American had 26 aces in her first four matches in Melbourne.

World No.1 Halep will like her chances given her consistency in the tournament. It will also add to her confidence that she has dominated Kerber on outdoor hard court, 4-1. Nonetheless, what’s worrying about the Romanian is her habit of choking when it comes to the big games.

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Geared for the Last 8: Here Comes the Best in Melbourne!

Australian Open Women’s Singles QF

The Australian Open is down to the last eight, and it’s brewing to be an exciting sports betting affair as top players and live betting darlings Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova headline the event.

Angelique Kerber, Madison Keys, Elise Mertens, and Carla Suarez Navarro are also in, and they can’t be counted out as they are all resolute on upsetting online gambling and showing they have what it takes to be in the conversation among the game’s elite.

Elina Svitolina vs Elise Mertens

Elina Svitolina is clearly in the zone right now, winning her last two in straight sets all while dropping just a combined seven games.

The 23-year-old Ukrainian is poised for a breakthrough moment now; and given that she’s serving at a high level and playing cleanly with few unforced errors, it’s doubtful Elise Mertens, who has shown some inconsistency the last time out, can put up much of a fight. Place your bet on Svitolina -1.50 @ 1.77.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Carla Suarez Navarro

Caroline Wozniacki has never won a major singles title, so she will certainly be determined to maintain her excellent form this time in hopes of lifting the Aussie Open silverware.

The Dane has been on a tear since her narrow escape in the second round—winning her last two matches in straight sets—and will be hard to beat. Carla Suarez Navarro, however, should be able to at least make things interesting, especially after her comeback victory over Anett Kontaveit that earned her a ticket to this stage.

I predict Caro to win, but I think the match will go the distance. With that said, Suarez Navarro on +1.50 @ 2.31 is the way to go for me.

Angelique Kerber vs Madison Keys

These two have played seven times already, with Angelique Kerber winning six of those meetings. Nonetheless, they haven’t fought in two years and it’s evident that Madison Keys is a much more consistent and stronger player now.

Kerber is capable of handling the power of Keys, but the issue is how much she has left following her three-setter against giant-killer Hsieh Su-Wei.

On the other hand, Keys is yet to drop a set and made easy work of World No.8 Caroline Garcia, hitting 32 winners including nine aces in their round of 16 matchup.

Simona Halep vs Karolína Plíšková

Ranked as the World No.1, Simona Halep has a lot to prove. Fortunately, she’ll head into this match with a fresh pair of legs after needing just an hour and 20 minutes to repel No.72 and Japanese rising star Naomi Osaka.

That should prove beneficial when she meets Karolina Pliskova, who had a hard time against Barbora Strycova. The Romanian star will also find confidence from the fact that Pliskova has beaten her just once in their six meetings.

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The Greatest of Greats are Back to Delight!

Australian Open Men’s Singles QF

Every tennis and sports betting fan knows how dominant Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been, so it’s undoubtedly a great live betting treat that we’ll be able to witness them in another grand slam quarter-finals…and maybe beyond.
The road to Australian Open glory, however, won’t be easy for them as Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, Tennys Sandgren and Hyeon Chung all look to sway the betting odds and put an end to their domination.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Kyle Edmund
Britain’s Kyle Edmund served his way to his first-ever grand slam quarterfinal, beating Italy’s Andrea Seppi in a four-set thriller that saw him hit 25 aces.
Whether he can keep up the momentum (and the production) remains to be seen. Nonetheless, Grigor Dimitrov poses a tough break for the 23-year-old star considering that the Bulgarian all-rounder knows how to beat him—as seen in their recent meeting in Brisbane that ended with Dimitrov winning.
I expect Dimitrov’s experience to make the difference here, so choosing him on Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.65 is the best punt to make.

Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic has only dropped two sets in the competition so far, and his confidence is evident when he declared that there’s no one he can’t beat if he’s on top of his game.
The 29-year-old’s monster serving and forehand will make life hard for Rafael Nadal, who was limited to just one match in three months before the Aussie Open. Even so, the Spanish legend is adjusting well in his return to tour and should be in higher spirits with his 5-1 record against the Croatian big hitter.
This one should be close, but Cilic’s current form makes him a tempting bet on +1.50 @ 2.51.

Tomas Berdych vs Roger Federer
After taking down Marton Fucsovics in just two hours and one minute, Roger Federer looks ready for another return to the finals in Melbourne.
Tomas Berdych can tell that he is up for a tough task, admitting that he doesn’t know the “key to success” against the new and improved Federer. Also, it sure doesn’t help that he hasn’t beaten the Swiss maestro in their last eight meetings, which include a third-round encounter in this tournament last year.

Tennys Sandgren vs Hyeon Chung
No one would have predicted these two to be in the quarter-finals; but here they are now, writing the best feel-good stories of the Melbourne slam.
Both players will enter the match with elevated confidence following their surprise victories; however, it looks like Hyeon Chung has made himself the favourite in this game after pulling out the most Novak-esque performance against Djokovic himself!
Oh, the Korean phenom also met Tennys Sandgren in Auckland earlier this month, during which he beat the American in three sets.

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A Smashing Start: Sports Betting Fun in the Australian Open

The new tennis season is upon us, and that only means nothing but fantastic fun and great betting odds!

The draws have been announced, and you may have found the perfect player to cheer and bet online for, but there’s never a bad time to talk about the coming tournament and the possible upsets that may occur.

Men’s Singles

Age-old rivals start the year on top as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the top two seeds of the tournament. Bookies also give their full support for the two tennis stars: outright odds for Federer are 2.25 while Nadal gets a decent 3.50.

Novak Djokovic is still far from his dominant self as he makes his return to the professional circuit. While I still have my doubts over his condition, bookies slap a generous 4.50 on him. Grigor Dimitrov should be in top form after winning the ATP Finals in London, thus his 8.00 rating.

Alexander Zverev (8.50) and local favourite Nick Kyrgios (13.00) are expected to make deep runs in the tournament. Stanislas Wawrinka (15.00) should be able to shake off his poor form and bounce back. Milos Raonic (29.00), Dominic Thiem (26.00), Marin Cilic (29.00) and Jack Sock (67.00) could also make strong runs in the competition.

Fans can expect to see lightning-fast action from these men as they try to start the season on the right note.

Women’s Singles

Defending champion Serena Williams won’t be playing in Melbourne, so the women’s title is open for the rest of the field.

Simona Halep is the top seed in the bracket, but the bookies favour someone else. Elina Svitolina gets 4.50 outright due to her stunning form going into the tournament. She won the Brisbane International last week and outplayed Halep (5.00) in the WTA Final.

Angelique Kerber may be struggling to find her form, but her powerful playing style is still looked at by many to thrive in open court situations. Her 5.00 outright odds is a testament to her skill.

Gabriñe Muguruza (5.00) and her explosive shots are expected to make opponents suffer, and WTA Finals winner Caroline Wozniacki (9.00) is expected to carry over the momentum she got last year.

Maria Sharapova would like to erase the memories of her doping scandal post-Melbourne 2016 with a title. Fans can expect the Russian to scrap it out with the tough draw she finds herself in.

While these ladies will give Australians a show, it’s important to not forget the underdogs. Johanna Konta (15.00), Sloane Stephens (23.00), Jelena Ostapenko  (21.00) and Coco Vandeweghe (21.00) will try to usurp the hegemony by making their presence known. Venus Williams (23.00) will also try to keep the trophy within the family for another year.

It will be a big rumble for the women’s title, and I can’t wait to see how this plays out.

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