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The first Grand Slam of the year has seen its fair share of upsets as both the men’s and women’s draw goes into the semifinals. The top-three seeds are out for the women, while the men’s side saw the three-time defending champion lose in the quarterfinals.
That makes things quite interesting with the Australian semifinals getting underway at the latter half of the week.
Beginning with the men, fans get a classic battle between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in one semifinal. Nadal is the No.1 seed in the Australian Open. He got off to a slow start in his quarterfinal match, struggling with a blister on his hand. But he overcame that to advance for yet another showdown with Federer.
As expected, the winner of this semifinal will be the huge favorite to win the Australian Open. Nadal and Federer lead the way on 2014 Australian Open betting lines formed by Bovada Sportsbook. Nadal is paying out less than even at -110 ($1.10 wins $1). On the flip side, a wager on Federer is set at over 2 to 1 (+220).
By comparison, the two other players in the other semifinal match are well behind. Stanislas Wawrinka will take on Tomas Berdych. Wawrinka is the more notable name here, but at +500 (5 to 1), he is still seen as an underdog overall. Wawrinka is the assertive favorite in the semifinal, which is the reason behind his placement on the payout. Berdych rounds things out, and is double the payout of Wawrinka, going off at 10 to 1.
As for the women, the top seeds are gone. The highest ranked player left in the field is Li Na. Li is twice an Australian Open Finalist, and is the favorite to finally break through. Like the men’s draw, there is significant separation between the top-two favorites and the bottom two. Agnieszka Radwanska is the fifth-seed in the tournament, fresh off of her quarterfinal win over No.2 player Victoria Azarenka. Li and Radwanska would meet in the finals if they win in the semifinals. At +180, a payout on Radwanska to win it all is less than 2 to 1.
The perceived underdogs in this wide open women’s bracket are Eugenie Bouchard (+650) who will face Li, and Dominika Cibulkova (+800) who will face Radwanska.
Betting odds to win the Australian Open will shift from a futures wager at Bovada to a tennis match line once the championships are known.
Those interested can currently wager on the individual semifinal matches + prop lines that accompany them.
Below, LatestBettingOdds.com has the payouts available for the 2014 Australian Open as they are currently updated.