Australian Open Final

Tsitsipas V. Djokovic

Stefanos Tsitsipas has never been deeper than the semifinals in Australia. Mandatory Credit: Mike Frey-USA TODAY Sports

The final is set, and as predicted by yours truly, Stefanos Tsitsipas is in the finals. I’ve been on him this whole tournament, as he’s coming into his own this year and is ready to challenge Novak for the crown.

As great as the Greek God has been in this Open, he has received some help with a draw that grew increasingly favorable as the tournament progressed. Jannik Sinner was the stiffest competition he faced in this tournament, and Tsitsipas managed to only dropped one set outside of that match. As a result, Tsitsipas finds himself in the final against Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic is playing in the Finals of the Australian Open for the 10th tim in his career.. Mandatory Credit: Mike Frey-USA TODAY Sports

Novaks’ run to the final looked similar, but he took on far stronger opponents. He played Andrew Rublev in the quarterfinals, and Grigor Dimitrov, in the third round. Despite that, of the six matches Djokovic played, he took straight sets in five of them, dropping only one set to Enzo Couacaud — in a tiebreaker, no less.

All this to say, there is no doubt that the two best players in the tournament are playing in the Finals.

As much as I’d love to see Tsitsipas make it over the hump and claim his first Grand Slam, Novak is an absolute machine. He is playing some of his best tennis; Tsitsipas will claim a set but not much more.

It’s also worth noting Djokovic has never lost in the finals in Australia. Seeing that the Serbian is a (-550) favorite, there are several ways to bet this Final.

Novak Djokovic wins the match and both players win a set (+118)
Over 36.5 Games (-120)
Novak Djokovic 3-1 (+240)

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