Australian Open Final Betting Tips – 28th January 2018

He’s done it again. At the age of 36, Roger Federer has made yet another Grand Slam final, outlasting big names and much younger players in the Australian Open.
At 15/8 a £10 bet would return £28.75
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January 28,2018
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12 months ago, Federer arrived in Melbourne without a Grand Slam victory in four years. Many had already written him off due to his age and the calibre of competition he had to face but he silenced those doubters in style.

This time around, the Swiss superstar was the pre-tournament favourite with the bookies. He’s dealt with the weight of expectation wonderfully well and only Marin Cilic stands between Federer and a 20th Grand Slam title.

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This time around, the Swiss superstar was the pre-tournament favourite with the bookies. He’s dealt with the weight of expectation wonderfully well and only Marin Cilic stands between Federer and a 20th Grand Slam title.

Cilic has arguably got better as the tournament’s gone on.

Tennis fans will argue for hours about whether or not he would have got the better of Rafa Nadal had the Spaniard not retired from their quarter-final with injury but there’s no doubt he was at his brilliant best when beating Kyle Edmund in straight sets.

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Injuries were, once again, the big story of the Australian Open. After the men’s game was dogged by a number of injuries towards the end of last year, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori both missed out on the action in Melbourne.

There were more problems during the tournament. As well as Nadal withdrawing against Cilic, Hyeong Chung retired during his semi-final against Federer.

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There’s absolutely no doubt that Federer would have gone on to beat Chung. He was in complete control of the match and, while he’d like to have finished the job, Federer won’t be complaining about an early night ahead of the final.

Cilic will also be fresh come Sunday’s match but the outcome of this final could be decided more on mental than physical attributes.

The Croatian does have a US Open to his name but his only other Grand Slam final came at last year’s Wimbledon. He was soundly beaten by Federer that day and the bookies believe it will be the same result in Melbourne.

Cilic broke down in tears during that match as he struggled badly with a blister on his left foot but even if his body holds up perfectly on Sunday, Federer is the worthiest of favourites.

He knows exactly what it takes to win the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, has an 8-1 record over Cilic and is all set for Grand Slam number 20 at 5/18 with Marathonbet.

Cilic to Overcome a Slow Start

It wasn’t just blisters that hurt Cilic in his Wimbledon final against Federer. He was noticeably nervous on Centre Court and lost the first set 6-3 in what must have felt like the blinking of an eye.

Federer used all his experience to push his own nerves deep down and we’re expecting him to do likewise in Melbourne.

We’re talking about a man who has done it all and who has absolutely nothing to prove. He’s also spoken about the lack of pressure he’s put on his own shoulders in terms of the expectations he had coming into the week.

A calm Federer is a dangerous opponent so have a bet on the first set having under 9.5 games at 15/8 with Betfair.

Even if Cilic does have a less than ideal start, he’s not the sort to give up. His serving stats were phenomenal in his semi-final win over Edmund and anything like that sort of performance in the final will likely see him win a set.

Make sure, then, to bet on over 3.5 sets at 4/6 with 888Sport

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