Rafael Nadal new Australian Open favourite after reaching final in straight sets

Rafael Nadal new Australian Open favourite after reaching final in straight sets

The Spaniard booked his place in the final and is now the man to beat in Melbourne.

Rafael Nadal defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to reach his first Australian Open final since 2017.

The World number 2 came into the tournament as a 9/1 shot due to doubts about his durability on hard courts. He has only completed one of his last 17 tournaments on the surface.

However, he showed no signs of fragility in the match and has now been cut to favourite at 10/11 to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup.

Nadal will face the winner of the other semi-final, Novak Djokovic or Lucas Pouille in the final, which will be played the Rod Laver Arena tomorrow.

Pre-tournament favourite Novak Djokovic remains the most backed player throughout the tournament with 24.31% of bets since it began. 

Oddschecker spokesperson, George Elek: "Nadal has only won one Australian Open back in 2009, so to repeat the feat at this stage of his career would be the latest in a string of almighty feats.

"To make such light work of Federer's conqueror shows the form he is in and that those who backed him at 9/1 pre-tournament were right to keep the faith."

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