Novak Djokovic vs Aslan Karatsev Australian Open Betting Odds Predictions and Preview
The first grand slam of the year Australian Open is underway with the Men’s side producing some world class Tennis in ten days of its action. The main draw games started on 8th February with the final supposed to held on 21st February, adhering to strict COVID protocols.
When the draw was out, it was natural for the World No.1 and the 17-time Grand slam champion Novak Djokovic to be the top seed while his arch-rival Rafael Nadal found himself in the other side of the draw.
Novak Djokovic who is chasing a record 9th Australian Open title in Melbourne has so far kept himself in the hunt as he made yet another semi-final at the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday under lights.
He is set to face a surprise package in the Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev who is playing his first ever grand slam and looking to pull off something special on Thursday night. It hasn’t been easy for the young prodigy, but the challenge he has in front of him is something massive and magnanimous.
The prediction experts are suggesting a stroll in the park for the Serbian, but Tennis has always been a game of fine margins.
Novak Djokovic vs Aslan Karatsev Australian Open Betting Odds and Predictions Summary
Novak Djokovic vs Aslan Karatsev Australian Open Betting Odds Predictions and Preview: Recent form
Novak Djokovic came into the 2021 season with a 41-5 win-loss record in the 2020 season that was constantly interrupted by the pandemic. Even though he managed to win 4 titles, the Serbian was expected to fare better in his next season.
With the Grand slam race closer than ever, the World No.1 was up for the challenge. He started off his 2021 campaign with two important wins for ‘Team Serbia’ against Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov. But his team failed to make it to the final stage. He started off his Australian open campaign with a straight set victory against Jeremy Chardy.
He faced slight resistance in the 2nd round against Francis Tiafoe but he was too strong for his opponent. It seemed like he was carrying injury in his 3rd and 4th rounds but sneaked through to the quarter-finals facing Sascha Zverev. He had his struggles, but held on to reach the semi-final with a well fought victory against the World No.6.
On the other hand, Aslan Karatsev’s story has been quite astonishing and inspiring at the same time. The Russian who had fallen short of getting a ticket to the grand slam qualifiers on nine occasions, finally got his reward as he made a breakthrough in Doha that gave him an entry to the 1st grand slam of the season.
Even though he made it to the main draw, there were speculations about his performance in further rounds. He proved to everyone that he belonged to the big stage when he dispatched Mager and Gerasimov without breaking any sweat. In the 3rd round, he had a big challenge ahead of himself when he had to play Diego Schwartzman.
But the Argentine didn’t trouble the 114th ranked player as he lost in straight sets. The 4th round match against Felix Auger-Aliassime was where he showed his grit and determination as he came back from two sets down to setup a clash against Dimitrov.
The fans were in for a big surprise when Bulgarian surrendered to the qualifier in 4 sets. This also meant that the Russian player is just the 5th player in Open era to reach a grand slam semifinal.
Novak Djokovic vs Aslan Karatsev Australian Open Betting Odds Predictions and Preview: Stats
Australian Open: 80 – 8
Record against Russians: 29-11
Aslan Karatsev (Win-loss):
Australian Open: 5-1
Australian open semi-final: None
Record against Serbians: 2-4
The two players are playing each other for the first time ever in their careers which paves way for an interesting clash on Thursday night at the Rod Laver Arena.
Novak Djokovic vs Aslan Karatsev Australian Open Betting Odds Predictions and Preview: Predicted Winner
Even though it seems like Novak Djokovic has a huge edge going into the clash, you cannot write off his Russian opponent Aslan Karatsev who has played magnificent Tennis for the last two weeks. According to BettingExpert, the World No.1 is all set to play his 9th Australian open final with odds of 1.08 while his opponent has an outside chance.
Looking at Bet365, it is clear that Karatsev has a huge task in hand if he has to make it to his maiden grand slam final on Thursday. On the other hand, Betway is pretty confident about Novak inching closer to his 9th Australian open title with his rival having a tough nut to crack in the last four stage.