Australian Open 2019 Betting: Quarterfinal Underdogs to Back
- Stefanos Tsitsipas to defeat Bautista Agut 23/25 on Unibet
- Francis Tiafoe to defeat Nadal 12/1 on Unibet
The Australian Open rolls into the quarterfinal, and two tennis betting underdogs are emerging on the men’s side of the bracket.
It's always fun to predict the possible underdogs in Australian Open betting - or any tournament for that matter. But when that underdog reaches the quarterfinal, it's time to consider them a true contender.
Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas scored himself a massive upset in the round of 16 by knocking off defending Australian Open champion Roger Federer in four sets. The #14 seed managed to get the better of Federer via two tiebreaks and a single break the entire match.
The Cinderella story further down the bracket is American Francis Tiafoe. The unseeded American was expected to play 2 matches and head off for French Open qualifying. Instead, he took down #5 seed Kevin Anderson in the second round and won his round of 16 match on his 21st birthday.
Realistic Underdog: Stefanos Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas is currently listed as 12/1 odds to win the tournament on Ladbrokes. While the Greek might not be the biggest longshot in the tournament, he’s the lowest odds with an upset over a top 4 seeded player, despite being a slight underdog in his quarterfinal match.
The #16 seed in the tournament is offered on Unibet at 23/25 odds to defeat Spaniard Robert Bautista Agut in the quarterfinal, who is favored 17/20. The match is expected by bookmakers and bettors to be a close one, as odds shifted during the writing of this article from Tsitsipas favored at 4/5 and Bautista Agut at even odds to set Bautista Augt as the new favorite.
Despite the shift in the individual match, Tsitsipas is offered at shorter odds to win the whole tournament over Bautista Agut. Of course, Bautista Agut wouldn’t be a bad bet either, offered at 25/1 and boasting wins over Andy Murray, #10 seed Karen Khachanov, and #6 seed Marin Cilic. But for the value of the quarterfinal, Tsitsipas comes in as the more rested of the two men and in slightly better form.
The Cinderella: Francis Tiafoe
Better believe this is a longshot, as Francis Tiafoe has the longest odds of the remaining men at 66/1 on Ladbrokes. But Tiafoe is having the run of his life in Australia. The world #30 just turned 21 on Saturday, and he celebrated by knocking off the tournament’s #20 seed Grigor Dimitrov in 4 sets.
That’s not even Tiafoe’s most impressive win of the tournament. In the second round, the American pulled off the first shock of the tournament by dropping #5 seed and world #5 Kevin Anderson in 4 sets, and not once reaching a tiebreak during the match.
Tiafoe has been an underdog for most of the tournament. Vs Dimitrov, he was offered as high as 2/1. He was a slight underdog against his third round opponent Andreas Seppi, and a monster 4/1 underdog against Anderson.
Of course, he now faces the buzz saw that is Rafael Nadal. Nadal has yet to drop a set, and is favored 1/25 to defeat Tiafoe. Not even Novak Djokovic is as heavily favorited over Kei Nishikori (the Serbian is favored 1/10 to win on Unibet). For those wishing to bet on Tiafoe to defeat Nadal, his odds are 12/1 on Unibet.
Why would anyone want to pick Tiafoe? Well, 12/1 is hard to argue with for a guy who defeated last year's Wimbledon runner-up, even if he is playing Nadal. The Spanish legend might be going through a career revival, but Tiafoe has youth on his side, and is playing some of the most creative tennis seen in this year's tournament. Intangibles to consider, Tiafoe is playing with house money, so he can continue to play the entertainer that's served him well through the tournament.
Plus, 12/1 odds? A small bet wins big.
Recommended Betting Sites
Bet EUR10 get EUR40 + EUR10 Casino Bonus
Promo Code: RACING
Bet EUR10, Get EUR10
Get up to EUR100 in Bet Credits!
EXCLUSIVE: Bet EUR15, Get EUR10
Welcome Bonus Bet EUR10 Get EUR20
Bet EUR10 and Get EUR10 Welcome Offer
Bet EUR10 Get EUR2018+ New Players only. For free bet wagering requirements and minimum odds read T&C’s. www.begambleaware.org Terms Apply The Promotion operates as a EUR/€20 Surprise Bet when you place a bet of at least EUR/€10 on any market with odds greater than or equal to 1.50 as your first bet. The Promotion runs from 09/08/2021 / 12:00 (BST) until 31/12/2021 / 12:00 (BST) (the “Promotional Period”). The Promotion is only valid to: (a) new customers; (b) customers aged 18 years or over. To qualify for the Promotion, participant must deposit and place a EUR/€10 bet as their first bet on any market (excluding each way) in the sportsbook with odds greater than or equal to 1.50. Only original odds count toward the promotion. Supercharged odds do not count towards the promotion. An accumulation of smaller stakes will not count. Cashed out bets do not count towards this promotion. Only available once per customer. Rewards will be credited to qualifying participants within 48 hours after placing the qualifying bet. Potential winnings from the Surprise Bet are paid in withdrawable cash, excluding the stake. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Bet EUR10 Get EUR10
Bet EUR10, Get EUR10 Free Bet18+ New Players only. For free bet wagering requirements and minimum odds read T&C’s. www.begambleaware.org Terms Apply New players only. The qualifying bets to claim the Free Bet must have minimum odds of 3/1 (4.00) or higher and must be settled before triggering free bet. 18+. begambleaware.org - Full Terms Apply
Bet EUR10 Get EUR30 in Free Bets
Stay In The Loop With Free Bets, Insider Tips & More!
Live Betting. Sports Promos. Sent Weekly.