Rory Jiwani picks out his best bets from the opening round of the Australian Open.
Djokovic is impossible to oppose in the men’s singles but you certainly do not need me to tip you up an 8-11 shot. He is seeded to meet Roger Federer in the semi-finals and then Andy Murray in the final. And barring a shock, he’ll go all the way again.
The third quarter looks by far the most open with Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal vying for favouritism. But Milos Raonic, fresh from beating Federer in the final in Brisbane, looks the value call at 5-1. The Canadian reached the quarter-finals 12 months ago before being dogged by lower back spasms. Those are now resolved and with new coach Carlos Moya, he is confident he can go a long way. The 14-1 about him reaching the final isn’t too shabby either.
Nothing really appeals on the match front although two of the most solid servers on tour go head-to-head when Rajeev Ram meets Kevin Anderson. It does not promise to be the most aesthetically pleasing affair but there are some tempting odds on offer about the first set going to a tiebreak. And Ram winning a set at 11-8 is also worth a look.