Australian Open 2020 final: Odds of Dominic Thiem winning against Novak Djokovic revealed

Novak Djokovic delighted to win the Australian Open for the eighth time

Last Friday, World No.5 Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 in the semi-final of the Australian Open, to reach his third major Grand Slam final. Thiem beat Zverev after the latter claimed the first set of the match. In the final, he will face defending champion and reigning World No.2 Novak Djokovic who beat Roger Federer in straight sets 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 to win the semi-final and progress to the last stage.

Meanwhile, the odds of Thiem winning his first major Grand Slam trophy by beating Djokovic, and those of the defending champion retaining his title have both been revealed, according to CBS Sports.

Dominic Thiem vs Novak Djokovic – Men’s Singles Final Preview

Bookmakers list Djokovic as a -410 favourite (risk $410 to win $100) in the latest Djokovic vs. Thiem odds, with the Austrian getting +320 (risk $100 to win $320) as the underdog.

But before making any betting picks, see the 2020 Australian Open predictions from elite tennis handicapper Gavin Mair, via SportsLine.

According to Mair, Thiem has “owned” the recent head-to-head matchups against the Serbian superstar. In the last five meetings between the two, he has won four times while the reigning World No.2 has won just once.

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Three of Thiem’s wins came on clay which arguably is his best surface, but the Austrian upset Djokovic on an indoor hardcourt at the ATP Finals in November. It is worth noting that Sunday’s final at the Australian Open 2020 will be on a hardcourt.

Mair also told SportsLine, “I fully expect Thiem to come out guns blazing, as he so often has against Djokovic of late.”

The match is expected to begin at 7:30 pm local time (2:00 pm IST, 4:30 pm SGT/HKT).

Former World No.1 drops Roger Federer retirement hint after Australian Open 2020 exit

Novak Djokovic delighted to win the Australian Open for the eighth time

According to Tennis World USA, El Pais interviewed John McEnroe before the round-of-16 clash between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open. McEnroe shared his thoughts on Roger Federer’s career and was asked whether he believed the Swiss legend still has chances of staying longer on the ATP Tour.

“I think this may be his last season, I don’t know how much longer he can take,” he replied to the above question, before adding further:

“It is a matter of motivation. It is surprising that he has done what he has done and is still playing at this level.”

“The Tokyo Games may serve as motivation. I think it would be better for tennis if Roger played one or two more years, and that Rafa [Nadal] and Novak [Djokovic] also remain there”.

The former USA international then went on to describe each member of the Big Three with only one word.

“Nadal is power, Federer is patience and Djokovic is strategy,” he explained.

Federer lost in the Australian Open semifinals against Djokovic, who will now play against World No.5 Dominic Thiem in the final. Thiem defeated Nadal in a hotly-contested semi-final on Friday.

Australian Open 2020 final: Garbine Muguruza hits back at reporter after tough loss against Sofia Kenin

Novak Djokovic delighted to win the Australian Open for the eighth time

On Sunday, Sofia Kenin won the first Grand Slam title of her career, by beating Garbine Muguruza in the finals of the Australian Open 2020 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

Muguruza won the first set quite convincingly at 6-4, but then Sofia hit back in equal measure as she claimed the second and third sets 6-2, 6-2 to win the match.

Given her form in the past year, critics in general reportedly did not expect her to reach the finals of the Australian Open. In the second half of the 2019 season, she just won a match on the WTA Tour.

That led to a slump in her rankings and consequently, she arrived at Melbourne in January as an unseeded tennis player.

And after spending a successful two-week period in the city, she was asked by a reporter, “do you feel like you’re back?”

However, the truth is that the 26-year-old was very much active and was playing in every single tournament, and as a result, she clarified that she’s not “back” as she had never left the tour.

“Back? Hmm… Okay. If people see it because I’m in a Grand Slam final, that makes sense. I feel like I was playing a lot of tournaments. I was on the tour. I didn’t disappear. I was there. Not reaching final rounds, for sure,” the Venezuela-Spain international said, before adding:

“I don’t think all the time about consistency. It’s something very important. I’m just going to a tournament, see how far I can go. I get very motivated also in the Grand Slams because that’s where you get very excited.”

“I’m just taking it easy after these two years. The media has been tough on me, I have to say.”

“Today people will say very good things about me, and the next week bad things if you lose. I kind of found myself less excited, less excited with how things work,” she concluded.

Quotes via Essentially Sports.

Australian Open 2020 final: Dominic Thiem opens up on facing Novak Djokovic

Australian Open 2020 final: Dominic Thiem opens up on facing Novak Djokovic

On Friday, Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 to reach the finals of the Australian Open 2020. He will play against defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final.

And ahead of the match, Thiem opened up on his rivalry with Djokovic, and commented on his current winning form against the defending champion.

Thiem defeated Djokovic at the ATP Finals in London and also in the semi-finals at Roland Garros last year.

“Of course, I have to risk a lot. I have to go for many shots,” the 26-year-old told reporters after booking his third Grand Slam final,” he said, before adding:

“At the same time, of course, not too much. That’s a very thin line. In the last match against him, I hit that line perfectly in London.”

“Of course, I’m going to take a look at that match, how I played, and try to repeat it. But for sure he’s the favourite. I mean, he won seven titles here, never lost a final, going for his eighth one.”

“I was feeling nerves, I was putting so much effort in, my stomach was not ready for that, it was rebelling a little bit,” he explained, before concluding:

“Of course, I have less time to regenerate. But with all the adrenaline and everything, it’s going to be fine. I played two super intense matches against Rafa and now against Sascha (Zverev). So of course I’m going to feel it, especially tomorrow.”

Quotes via India Today.

Fans slam organisers for ’embarrassing’ delay in Australian Open 2020 semi-final

Novak Djokovic delighted to win the Australian Open for the eighth time

On Friday, Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 to reach the finals of the Australian Open 2020. He will play against defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final.

Meanwhile, the match itself made headlines, albeit in a rather ’embarrassing’ fashion as Australian Open officials were forced to halt proceedings for at least ten minutes, while they repaired a few lights that had gone off the Rod Laver Arena, the venue for the match.

According to Yahoo Sport Australia, Thiem and Zverev were playing the third set of the match, when they were asked to stop all of a sudden.

Both commentators and fans could not understand as to why the match had stopped, when there was no apparent reason for the same.

Then Zverev pointed out to the officials that a few lights had gone out in the Rod Laver Arena. While it was not noticeable for fans and commentators, the players seemed interested in waiting for the repairs.

Former tennis star Sam Groth later admitted to viewers that he could not work out why play had stopped.

“I am sitting here with Darren Cahill and we can’t pick which lights are out,” Groth said, before adding:

“I don’t think it has made a difference. For the players out there maybe they notice it but we can’t notice.”

Fans on social media were also surprised at the delay. Check out some of the best reactions right below:

Fans heap praise on Dominic Thiem for incredible act of sportsmanship in Australian Open 2020 semi-final

Fans heap praise on Dominic Thiem for incredible act of sportsmanship in Australian Open 2020 semi-final

On Friday, Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 to reach the finals of the Australian Open 2020. He will play against defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final.

Meanwhile, during the match against Zverev, the Austrian star made more headlines as he stunned fans and commentators with a remarkable act of sportsmanship for his opponent.

According to Yahoo Sport Australia, Thiem cost himself a point midway through the third set of the match, by telling Zverev that he should challenge an incorrect call.

After the linesman called out for one of Zverev’s shots, Thiem yelled out to his him and let him know he should send it to Hawkeye.

The German star did just that, and replays showed that the ball had caught the line, meaning Thiem would lose the point because his preceding shot went out. He also went on to lose that game.

The linesman eventually corrected this error, and Zverev turned to give Thiem a thumbs up for his display of sportsmanship.

“Thiem is telling him to challenge,” Todd Woodbridge sounded stunned while doing live commentary for the match.

“That was good, he is saying. Here comes the challenge. And it is… That is in. Thiem is going to give him the game,” he added further.

Check out some of the best reactions from fans right here:

 

Filipino-Indonesian pair creates history at Australian Open 2020

Filipino-Indonesian pair creates history at Australian Open 2020

Filipino teen tennis sensation Alex Eala and Indonesia star Priska Nugroho have created history at the Australian Open 2020, as they qualified for the finals of the tournament’s girl’s doubles event.

The duo pulled off an upset over the top-ranked European duo of Latvia’s Kamila Bartone and Czech Republic’s Linda Fruhvirtova with a three-set win, 1-6, 7-5, 10-8 in the semifinals at Melbourne Park.

Eala and Nugroho will now face Slovenia’s Ziva Falkner and Britain’s Matilda Mutavdzic in the final.

Both Eala and Nugroho had lost in the last-16 of the women’s singles event on Wednesday. This is Eala’s best finish in both the singles and doubles event at a junior Grand Slam. The 14-year-old Eala trains at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Spain and is currently ranked No. 9 in the junior world rankings.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Roger Federer lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2020. Speaking after the game, the Swiss legend admitted that he would like to play the next year’s Grand Slam as well, thereby dismissing retirement rumours.

Ahead of the match, rumours had it that the former World No.1 might withdraw from the match even before it started, but that did not happen.

And later, while speaking to reporters after his Australian Open exit, Federer revealed that the first retirement of his career was a possibility during the game.

“Today was horrible, to go through what I did,” he said, before adding:

“Nice entrance, nice send-off, and in between is one to forget because you know you have a 3 per cent chance to win. You know, got to go for it. You never know. But once you can see it coming, that it’s not going to work anymore, it’s tough.”

Novak Djokovic reveals he has ‘several issues’ ahead of Roger Federer clash at Australian Open 2020

Novak Djokovic eased through in the Shanghai Masters

On Tuesday, World No.2 and reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in straight sets to set up a semi-final clash against Roger Federer.

Meanwhile, the 20-time Grand Slam winner overcame a tough challenge from Tennys Sandgren, as he became the first semi-finalist of the tournament following a 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win against the US star.

The Federer-Djokovic semi-final will be held on Thursday, and ahead of the match, Djokovic has revealed that he has ‘several issues’ to tackle at the earliest.

It has already been understood that the Serbian star Djokovic had to go off the court at a crucial point in the third set of the Australian Open quarter-final against Milos Raonic, because he had an issue with his contact lenses.

“I can’t see” is what the 16-time Grand Slam winner told the umpire when asking for a medical timeout, as the scoresheet read 4-4.

Express reports that he then left the Rod Laver Arena to replace his contact lenses, but before doing so, he apparently mouthed the word “stomach” to his box.

And when asked if he had other issues he admitted: “I had several different things.”

“I did say on the court that I did feel bad to go out from the court in 4-All. It was not a changeover.”

“I’m sorry if it seemed like I was doing that tactically. But it really was necessary for me to change lenses and just try to solve that issue that I had with eyes for those several games.”

Quotes via Express.

Novak Djokovic opens up on Roger Federer rivalry ahead of Australian Open 2020 semi-final

Novak Djokovic delighted to win the Australian Open for the eighth time

On Tuesday, World No.2 and reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in straight sets to set up a semi-final clash against Roger Federer.

Meanwhile, the 20-time Grand Slam winner overcame a tough challenge from Tennys Sandgren, as he became the first semi-finalist of the tournament following a 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win against the US star.

The Federer-Djokovic semi-final will be held on Thursday, and ahead of the match, Djokovic has opened up on his long-standing rivalry with Federer.

“Obviously, I have tremendous respect for Roger [Federer] after everything he has achieved,” he said, before adding:

“He has been one of the all-time greats and of my two main rivals.”

“Matches against Roger and Rafa have made me a player I am today. I’m grateful to experience so many great clashes against them and I hope to get at least one match point against Roger.”

“It was quite amazing what Roger did on the court [against Sandgren] and it is not the first time that he produced that,” he explained, before concluding:

“And that’s why he is who he is. Let the better player win between him and me!”

At the same time, it has also been reported that the Swiss legend skipped his practice session which was scheduled for Wednesday.

It is Tennis World USA who claimed that he skipped his practice, while also expressing doubts on whether or not he will actually turn up for the matchup against the defending Australian Open champion.

Quotes via Tennis World USA.

Roger Federer skips practice ahead of must-win Australian Open 2020 semi-final against Novak Djokovic – Reports

Novak Djokovic delighted to win the Australian Open for the eighth time

On Tuesday, World No.2 and reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in straight sets to set up a semi-final clash against Roger Federer.

Meanwhile, the 20-time Grand Slam winner overcame a tough challenge from Tennys Sandgren, as he became the first semi-finalist of the tournament following a 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win against the US star.

It is Tennis World USA who claims that he skipped his practice, while also expressing doubts on whether or not he will actually turn up for the matchup against Djokovic.

The 38-year-old, who received a medical time out for a groin issue in his Australian Open quarterfinal clash, saved seven match points before he beat Sandgren.

After the match which lasted close to three hours, he also expressed hope that not playing on Wednesday would help him recover a bit and feel better while playing against Djokovic.

Federer also underlined that he would need to be at his best and fit in order to stand a chance against the record seven-time Australian Open champion, who is also defending his title from 2019 this time.

Odds of Roger Federer winning against Novak Djokovic in Australian Open 2020 semi-final revealed

Novak Djokovic delighted to win the Australian Open for the eighth time

On Tuesday, World No.2 and reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in straight sets to set up a semi-final clash against Roger Federer.

Meanwhile, the 20-time Grand Slam winner overcame a tough challenge from Tennys Sandgren, as he became the first semi-finalist of the tournament following a 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win against the US star.

The Federer-Djokovic semi-final will be held on Thursday, and ahead of the match, the odds of the Swiss legend winning against the Serbian superstar and vice versa, have been revealed.

According to CBS Sports, with the 38-year-old nursing a groin injury, Djokovic is installed as the -850 favourite (risk $850 to win $100), with Federer listed as a +600 underdog in the latest Djokovic vs. Federer odds.

The odds predictions have been done by SportsLine’s Sean Calvert, who boasts of an unrivalled skilled when it comes to betting in tennis. Calvert famously called Stanislas Wawrinka winning the Australian Open at 60-1 in 2014, and that became the most recent title won at the Melbourne-based Grand Slam tournament by anyone other than Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Federer.

Last year, Calvert also called Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1, among many other stunning calls. He has also racked up seven straight profitable seasons by betting in tennis.

And now, he has locked in on the Australian Open 2020 men’s semi-final matchup featuring the current World No.3 and World No.2 and has revealed his best bets, which you can see by following this link.

Calvert has taken into account that Djokovic has been one of the best performers of the ongoing tournament, dropping only one set all the way to the semi-final. Not only has he won in straight sets the last four matches, but he has only been pushed to the tiebreaker once during that span.

Furthermore, he claimed that tiebreaker easily as well, at 7-1 to finish off No. 32 Milos Raonic in the quarter-final.

Former tennis star and coach reveals why the ‘Big Three’ have dominated Australian Open 2020 so far

Novak Djokovic delighted to win the Australian Open for the eighth time

Former tennis star and coach Goran Ivanisevic seems to have figured why the ‘Big Three’ of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have dominated the Australian Open 2020 so far.

In a recent interview, Ivanisevic – who now coaches Djokovic as well – explained as to how the Serbian, along with Federer and Nadal have been able to stay ahead of the rest in the ongoing tournament.

“Novak [Djokovic] is the guy who wants to improve every day,” he said, before adding:

“He’s not afraid of improvements. He’s not afraid to ask. He wants to be better.

“That’s why these three guys are still the best because they’re not afraid of change, they’re not afraid of learning, they’re not afraid to – look at Nadal changing his serve, now finally after six years he’s serving good. Roger changed the racket.

“Novak also wants to improve his serving much better, especially second serve. Now 185, 180, 190. He’s doing it constantly, not just one or two times. He believes in that.”

Djokovic and Federer will face off each other in the upcoming Australian Open semi-finals clash on Thursday, while Nadal is hopeful of joining them in the last-4 by beating Dominic Thiem in the Australian Open quarter-finals match scheduled for Wednesday.

Quotes via Express.

Fans troll Rafael Nadal after Australian Open security denies him entry into changing rooms

Novak Djokovic delighted to win the Australian Open for the eighth time

Ahead of his upcoming Australian Open quarter-final clash against Dominic Thiem, World No.1 Rafael Nadal was stopped from entering his changing rooms by a security official who apparently failed to identify him!

As per the report published by Express, Rafael Nadal was stopped by the security guard because he did not have his official Australian Open accreditation.

One would assume that the Spanish legend is a familiar face to a majority of fans all over the world – but this particular steward was apparently not one among them.

Nadal was practising on an outside court ahead of his Australian Open quarter-final match against Dominic Thiem when the above incident happened.

After practising for about an hour in the sun, he was getting ready to head back inside to finalise his preparations. That is when the eagle-eyed security guard stopped him as he was not wearing his lanyard which is required in certain areas of Melbourne Park.

The 19-time Grand Slam winner attempted to explain where he needed to go as he pointed down the corridor.

And fortunately for the 33-year-old, another steward stepped in to allow him to continue on his way.

A hilarious clip of the incident has been posted on social media and fans seem to love the tennis legend’s reaction.

“Did he point to a poster of himself on wall?” one fan asked, while another said: “Love Rafa’s attitude/reaction.”

And a third user tweeted: “Pure class.”

Reports: Top Manchester United target flies to England ahead of impending move

‘Barca have same chance of winning Champions League as others’ – Setien

According to the latest reports, Premier League giants Manchester United are only a few hours away from signing their top target Bruno Fernandes, as the player is all set to fly to England on Wednesday.

It is Fabrizio Romano, a football reporter for Sky Sports, The Guardian and Calciomercato who reports that Bruno Fernandes is “ready to fly” to Manchester with his agent Miguel Pinho. The duo has reportedly scheduled their flight to travel to England, and upon reaching they would be signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Red Devils.

Take a look at Romano’s tweet right below:

Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that La Liga giants Barcelona have also entered the transfer race for the star midfielder who has scored 47 goals and provided 32 assists in 81 appearances across all competitions since the start of the 2018-19 season.

Meanwhile, Fernandes himself revealed that the Premier League has always been his preferred destination, thereby dismissing those rumours that linked him with the La Liga defending champions.

Asked if the Premier League was his preference following reports of a possible move to Barcelona, the 25-year-old told SIC: “It always was.”

Further pressed on whether Manchester United was his specific preference, the Portugal international replied: “Anything really.”