Top Seven Australian Open Outsiders
The big four in the world of men’s tennis have dominated the latter stages of Grand Slams for the last few years and although Rafael Nadal is still struggling with injury the remaining trio of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer still command much the shortest odds at this year’s Australian Open.
It has been five years since someone from outside of this quartet has reached a final in Melbourne and eight years since another contender won it when Marat Safin triumphed in 2005. There will be plenty trying to break the stranglehold of the top players though over the next two weeks and we take a look at the men who could cause an upset down under.
1. Janko Tipsarevic – 200/1 with Sportingbet
The eighth seed for the tournament may only have reached two quarter-finals at Grand Slams before but his impressive world ranking of ninth shows that he is always a tough opponent and no one will look forward to facing him.
The Serb is clearly in good form having already been into the winner’s enclosure this year as he won the Aircel Chennai Open earlier this month and at the time of writing has just seen off home favourite Leyton Hewitt in straight sets in the first round in Melbourne.
His section looks a very winnable one and if he can stroll into the quarter-finals for the first time in this competition then his confidence will be soaring and he has the potential to cause a real stir later on.
2. Milos Raonic – 150/1 with Sportingbet
The young Canadian is very much on the rise in the game as he is at a career best of 13th in the world and his serve is a weapon that anyone he faces will fear. He hits an awful lot of aces from his towering height of 6’5” and if anyone wants to beat him they will have to learn to deal with this threat.
He reached the fourth round here at the age of just 20 and will be hoping to go further than that but he will struggle to do so with Federer in his section. If Raonic could displace the great man though he would have to be considered a contender.
3. Tomas Berdych – 80/1 with Sportingbet
The world number six has enjoyed reaching the latter stages of Grand Slams plenty of times over his career although the Australian Open is the only one at which he has failed to reach a semi-final. Having said that though he did make the quarter-final last year which equalled his best performance in Melbourne so he will feel confident returning to the same arena.
He knows how to win big games on big stages having knocked both Federer and Djokovic out of Wimbledon in the past so it is guaranteed that no one will be taking him lightly. It looks likely that he could set up a last eight match with Djokovic which he would be a long second favourite for, but as mentioned, he has beaten him before so stranger things have happened.
4. Bernard Tomic – 66/1 with #BetFred#
The real wildcard of the outsiders is the 20-year-old Australian who has caused plenty of controversy in his young career already. He is got himself in trouble both on and off the court and that has brought him plenty of publicity but he is going to have to start to deliver more consistently if he wants to really be taken seriously.
He has already managed a quarter-final at Wimbledon and made the fourth round in Melbourne last year knocking out two seeds along the way before losing in straight sets to Federer so his potential is massive. He is likely to meet Federer again though if he wants to improve on that, and like fellow young prospect Raonic, this could prove too much for him.
5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – 66/1 with Boylesports
The Frenchman was the last man outside of the world’s top four to make it to the final of the Australian Open when he lost to Djokovic back in 2008. Along with two semi-finals at Wimbledon and well over million dollars won in prize money over his career thus far he has to be considered as a potential winner of big events.
He did not have his best year in 2012 though winning nearly million dollars less than he managed the previous year and he fell from fifth in the world at the start of the year to eighth by its end where he lies now.
He should have no problem with his section and could well meet Federer in the last eight which would be a great contest. Tsonga has beaten Djokovic on this stage before which few people in recent years can say so he will be confident facing anyone.
6. David Ferrer – 30/1 with Boylesports
At 30 it may be that the Spaniard’s chances of winning a Grand Slam have come and gone, but he is number five in the world and has been in the top 10 for some years now having peaked at number four back in 2008.
He is still yet to reach a Grand Slam final but after four semi-final appearances including one in Melbourne two years ago he can count himself very unlucky. If anything though his form seems to be improving with age as he at least equalled his best results at the French Open, US Open and Wimbledon last year along with winning more ATP tour titles than anyone and more matches than anyone that year.
It could be a semi-final against Djokovic for the Spaniard which is never easy but if he could finally make a Grand Slam final then the crowd may well be on his side as fans hope for a much deserved win after all these years.
7. Juan Martin Del Potro – 20/1 with Sportingbet
The man who commands the lowest odds outside of the top three is the giant Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro, which given that he is the only one of the outsiders to win a Grand Slam makes sense.
Del Potro sensationally won the US Open in 2009 defeating Roger Federer in the final and although he hasn’t repeated that success yet, that achievement has always got to leave him ranked as a possible winner in the big events.
He goes into the event as sixth seed and should certainly at least match his best performance in Melbourne of the quarter-finals which he achieved last year and in 2009. A potential meeting with Murray in the quarter-finals would be a very feisty one and a contest the Scot would not be relishing.
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for New Customers at bet365 Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. 18+, Time limits and T&Cs apply.
New Customers only - £10 minimum deposit using promo code "KO10" - qualifying bet has to be min stake £10 at odds of 1/2 (1.5), free bets received on settlement and valid for 7 days plus a £10 free bet to use on Fury v Pianeta
New Customers only - deposit £10 using '10FREE' promo code. First bet must be £10 min stake at odds of 1/2 (1.5). £30 Free bets and £10 bet on any Premier League game received on settlement, valid seven days
- 9 Potential Winners of the World Cup 2018 Golden Glove Award
- Top 10 World Cup Humiliations
- Top 10 Mourinho Master Classes
- Top Eight Premier League Title Races
- Top 10 Uncapped Players that could make the England World Cup squad
- Top 10 England Goalkeepers
- Top 10 Transfer Deadline Day Flops
- Top 10 Football Rivalries
- Top 10 Retired Cricketers Who Would Have Been T20 Kings
- Top 10 footballers to play in North America
- 7 Unique things we LOVE about the Ryder Cup
- Top 10 Team GB Winter Olympic Gold Medal Winners
- Top 8 Valentines Day Sports Stars
- Top 10 Cracking Cricketers with Dodgy Debuts
- Top 10 Sporting Nicknames
- Top 10 Chinese Sports Stars
- Top 10 Sporting Whitewashes
- Top 10 Desperate Aussie Pre-Ashes Mind Games
- Top 10 Boxers Avenging Defeats
- Top 10 Multi-Sport Sportsmen
- Top 10 Sporting Veterans
- Top 10 Royal Sporting Names
- Top 10 Sporting Debuts
- Top 10 Sporting Upsets
- Top 10 Thrashings in Sporting Finals
- Top 10 UK Open Shock Results
- Top 10 Fights in London
- Top Six Play-Off Heartaches
- Top 10 Moments that ended a sporting era
- Top 10 sportsmen who should retire
- Top 10 Footballers Luis Suarez can feast on next
- Top Eight Grand National Long Shots
- Top Five Six Nations Climaxes
- Top Five British Europa League Heartbreaks
- Top 10 England Opening Batsmen
- Top Five Champions League Comebacks
- Top 10 England stars of the future
- 13 Greatest World Cup Players Of All Time
- Top Eight All-Rounders in world cricket
- Top Five Premier League Summer Signings
- Top Eight Premier League Veterans
- Top 10 Football Player Comebacks
- Top 10 England one-cap wonders
- Top Five Welsh Snooker Players
- Top 10 World Number Ones
- Top 10 Foreign England Cricketers
- Top 10 Worst Managerial Appointments
- Top 10 Goal Celebrations
- Top Seven Euro 2016 Kits
- Top Nine Football Stadiums in Europe
- Top Five European Championship Goals
- Top Five Iconic UK Sporting Venues
- Top Five Most Controversial Boxers of All Time
- 6 Typical Cheltenham Festival Goers
- Top 10 British Boxing Grudge Matches
- 10 of the Best Managerial Sackings
- Top 10 Unlikely Masters Champions
- Top 10 Greatest Manchester Derbies
- Top 10 Relegation Escapes
- Top England ODI XI of All-Time
- Top 10 Greatest FA Cup Finals of All-Time
- 4 World Cup 2018 group stage shock exits to look out for
- Top 10 Clay Court Tennis Players of the Open Era
- Top 10 Champions League Finals
- The 9 Greatest England v Scotland Matches
- 11 Greatest victories for English teams in the Champions League
- Top 10 Players Missing the World Cup
- The 8 Greatest Lions Victories
- The 14 Worst Transfers in Premier League History
- Top 10 Premier League Bargains
- Top 7 Premier League One Season Wonders
- 11 Best Premier League Opening Day Matches
- 7 Best Premier League Debut Campaigns
- Top 10 Upsets in Boxing and UFC history
- Top 7 Football Shirts of All-Time
- 10 Greatest American Tennis Players of the Open Era
- The 11 Greatest World Cup Matches Ever
- Top 10 Greatest T20 players in history
- Top 10 Darts Players of all Time
- 14 Greatest Champions League Players Ever
- 9 Greatest Liverpool vs Manchester United games of the Premier League era
- The 10 Greatest World Cup Goals Ever
- 10 uncapped players that could make the England World Cup squad
- The 12 Greatest South Americans in Premier League history
- Top 10 Players who could win the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot
- Top Five FA Cup Final Upsets
- 10 English wins over Spanish teams in the Champions League
- The 15 Greatest British Heavyweight Boxers in History
- 10 worst England players ever to make a World Cup squad
- Top Seven Australian Open Outsiders
- Top 10 Individual Ashes Performances
- 10 Worst January transfer window signings in Premier League history
- 9 Best January transfer window signings in Premier League history
- 14 UFC fights we want to see in 2018
- Top 10 British boxers that could become world champions in 2018
- Top 10 Boxing Rematches Ending in the Same Result
- Top Five Formula One Drivers Of All Time
- Top 10 Craziest Premier League Players
- Top 10 Gaps not filled in the Transfer Window
- Top 10 Cricket All-Rounders
- Top 10 Worst Current World Champions
- Top 10 Players to watch at the ICC Champions Trophy
- Top 10 Potential Future World Snooker Champions
- Top 10 Opponents Tyson Fury Can Face
- Top Five Heavyweight Contenders
- Top 11 Undefeated Streaks in Boxing History
- The 5 worst England performances at World Cups ever
- Top 5 Current Pound for Pound Boxers
- The 5 Best England performances at World Cups
- 11 World Cup 2018 Fantasy Football Bargains
- The 10 Biggest Shock Group Stage Exits in World Cup History
- The 10 Biggest Premier League Opening Day Upsets Ever
- The 10 best transfer deadline day signings in Premier League history
- 2018 World Cup: Top 10 Young Players to Watch
If you fancy a break from the serious side of betting, take a look at our Topical Feature List for a bit of a giggle.Click Here To View The List »
View our latest sports articles in our betting blogRead Our Blog »