The Australian Open is one of the biggest events to track in tennis and in 2023, there is no shortage of storylines set to make waves.
Rafael Nadal took home the Men’s title in 2022 over Daniil Medvedev in what was one of the most heated matches in recent history. 2023 is poised to be a similar dogfight with many top-tier competitors vying for the crown.
Australian Open Field
The 2023 Australian Open is off to a controversial start with the buzz regarding the return of Novak Djokovic to the arena. Djokovic is one of the most decorated tennis players of all time and is a heavy favorite to notch a 22nd Grand Slam title in this event.
Djokovic was absent from the 2022 Australian Open after his visa was canceled for the legend’s refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The 35-year-old had won the Australian Open for three consecutive years prior to the visa issue.
Djokovic is not the only top competitor in the field, however, with young phenom Carlos Alcaraz a solid bet to be in the mix atop the Australian Open Men’s odds table. Medvedev and Nadal, the finalists for the 2022 rendition of the event, also remain strong challengers.
Outside of the top names, there are plenty of talented competitors that can be considered dark horses.
Nick Kyrgios is a big name in tennis but has not had the type of Grand Slam success that those above him in terms of odds have to their credit. Other major players include Jannik Sinner, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Casper Ruud.
All in all, the field for the 2023 Australian Open is a viable one and despite Djokovic’s dominance in the eyes of oddsmakers, it is anyone’s title to win.
Australian Open Players To Watch
Novak Djokovic (+110)
Djokovic is the focal point of this year’s event due to his return and his long string of dominance in the Australian Open. He will be looking for his record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title, placing him among the sport’s greats.
Carlos Alcaraz (+450)
Despite being just 19 years old, Alcaraz is one of the premier names in tennis at the moment. Alcaraz was ranked as ATP’s No. 1 player back in September after reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open and winning the U.S. Open.
Daniil Medvedev (+600)
Medvedev is one of the most underrated forces in tennis and like Alcaraz, held the No. 1 ranking at one point in 2022. He has been a finalist in each of the last two Australian Open events and was the winner of the 2021 U.S. Open.
Australian Open Final Prediction
Daniil Medvedev defeats Novak Djokovic
It would be quite boring to predict Djokovic to win it all, but Medvedev is a worthy candidate to win the 2023 Australian Open. The two top-tier players have faced off a total of 12 times with Djokovic winning eight of the matches.
Djokovic has won the past three matches, but Medvedev has played tough in every match between the two in recent years. Both players are of the highest tier in men’s tennis, but this may be the year for Medvedev.
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Australian Open Final Betting Tip
Daniil Medvedev (+600) at Caesars Sportsbook
As has been consistent throughout my analysis of the 2023 Australian Open, Medvedev is an extraordinary talent capable of winning the event. He was a finalist in the 2022 rendition of the Australian Open, ultimately losing to Nadal.
He possesses the right combination of youth and experience to hang tough with the best the sport has to offer. He is an excellent option to back to win the event at (+600) and while Djokovic and Alcaraz are better equipped to win, anything can happen.