Australian Open round-up: Who’ll be the new King and Queen of Melbourne?
We are now at the business end of the Australian Open as we come to the semi-final stage.
Roger Federer has been halted and Serena Williams disposed of too, as we have seen some of the game’s next-generation take centre-stage.
Both the men’s and the women’s draw has now reached the last four. And with all to play for going into the weekend we take a look at how things could shape up.
There’s a new Greek Freak in town
After being as big as 50/1 pre-tournament, Stefanos Tsitsipas is now the 7/1 third favourite to win the whole thing. Only Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are ahead of him in the running.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ripping it up in the NBA this year, but his crown of sports ‘Greek Freak’ could be in danger.
Tsitispas won the Next Gen ATP Final in November but had only made the second week of a grand-slam once in his career.
Outside of the game not many knew the name of Stefanos Tsitsipas – but he made headlines after beating Federer in round four. Now he faces Nadal and is 4/1 to cause another upset.
The Spaniard is the 1/6 outright favourite, but Tsitsipas’s run to the semis means he won’t be forgotten now.
Who can topple Djokovic?
Milos Raonic’s win over Alexander Zverev opened up Djokovic’s path to the semi-final.
The world number one has now set up a last-four date with Frenchman Lucas Pouille.
Djoker is the Evens favourite to net a record-breaking seventh Australian Open title.
But in Pouille’s corner is Andy Murray’s former coach Amelie Mauresmo – could this semi-final appearance be a sign of things to come?
With this being the pair’s first match-up, there’s no previous to go from. This might be good omen for Pouille, and he’s now 8/1 to seal a place in the final.
But this will be his biggest test to date and Djokovic has his eyes on the prize.
Could we see another Osaka triumph?
The final four are raring to go in the women’s side of the draw with some intriguing names having made it through.
Williams’ loss means the draw just opens up even more. Osaka may only be the 5/2 joint-second fave for the title – but she’s arguably the most dangerous of the quartet.
After tasting victory at the US Open last September, Osaka’s stock has risen dramatically.
She meets the lively Karolina Pliskova who beat her at the Pan Pacific Open just weeks after the win at Flushing Meadows.
Pliskova has downed Williams and Garbine Muguruza already. But with both her and Osaka at 10/11 to win the match it could be a cracker.
Unseeded American Danielle Rose Collins has beaten three of the top 20 including second-seed Angelique Kerber to set up a semi-final tie with Petra Kvitova.
This is her first visit to Melbourne Park and it was her first time going past round one in the five Grand Slams she’d entered previously.
Kvitova will be no push-over and is 2/9 to seal a place in her first Grand Slam final since being stabbed in her leg back in 2016.
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