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We knew that Novak Djokovic was going to be in the 2013 Australian Open men’s final, as he tries to three-peat down-under with a third consecutive victory at the season’s first Grand. The only remaining variable was who his opponent would be in that Final.
We now know that Djokovic will take on No.3 seed Andy Murray, after he ousted No.2 seed Roger Federer in a great five-set match that lasted four hours on Friday.
The win was the first for Murray against Federer in a Grand Slam, despite owning a winning record against the former No.1 player in the world overall.
Now, all eyes in the world of tennis will shift to the Final between Djokovic and Murray, which will take place on sunday.
Oddsmakers were very quick to put out a betting lines for for the Australian Open men’s final, setting down payouts for both players just hours after Murray’s victory over Federer. To no surprise, it’s Djokovic who is getting the slight edge over Murray, to win his third Australian Open in a row.
Australian Open Men’s Final Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Djokovic as a -185 favorite on the moneyline. That means, bettors would have to risk $1.85 to profit $1. Murray comes in on the other side of the payout at +155. Here a $1 wager profits $1.55.
This will be the 18th time that Djokovic and Murray will meet on the court. The edge is slightly in the favor of Djokovic at 10-7.
For those who may recall, the two met in the final at the last Grand Slam in 2012 at the U.S. Open, where Murray bested Djokovic for his first-career Grand Slam title, capping off what appears to be a turning point in Murray’s career.
Djokovic has beaten Murray each of the last two years in the Australian Open Final, with last year going down to the wire.
This one has the makings for an epic showdown.