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Australian Open men's final betting tips: Djokovic, Nadal primed for another classic championship match

Australian Open men's final odds and predictions

Novak Djokovic (-133) vs Rafael Nadal (+115)

Next week's Super Bowl isn't the only notable 53rd installment in the sports world, because Djokovic-Nadal LIII is the men's final at the 2019 Australian Open.

One of the three greatest rivalries of the golden era of men's tennis, this newest chapter of this mouth-watering matchup sees if the world #1 can again hold three Grand Slam titles at the same time, or if the world #2 can make it an 18th major crown.

Here is the BetStars Live preview of what should be another compelling edition of a historic head-to-head matchup. And you can bet on the latest Djokovic vs Nadal duel at our link, right here.

The Road To The Final

Though the Serbian ace didn't have the utterly flawless run that his great Spanish rival had, both players were at their optimum level in their spectacular semi-final displays.

Despite dropping sets to youngsters Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic received a much-needed easy night in the quarter-finals, as an already fatigued Kei Nishikori tapped out at 6-1, 4-1 down. The 14-time Slam champion fully savoured that easy day on Wednesday to his full advantage, with one of his greatest displays ever at a Slam in destroying Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2.

Djokovic delivered that devastating performance because he recognized what happened the night before, in which Nadal did the same in arguably more impressive fashion in humbling Greek hope Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0. That masterclass by the Mallorca marvel was the latest in a flawless tournament so far in Melbourne as Nadal is yet to drop a set.

It will surely be the 17-time Slam champion's greatest performance ever if he is to somehow not drop a set against Djokovic with how Novak played against Pouille.

The key for this match

They have played 52 times prior, so there are no secrets for these fantastic rivals in maybe the greatest matchup in tennis history.

Nadal's improved serving and slightly quicker strokes on his forehand and backhand this tournament have made his offensive output the best it has ever been. But Djokovic truly raised his level to his supreme form in his semi-final stunning effort against Pouille to show his great adversary that hitting through Belgrade's best, like Nadal has the first six opponents, is not sophisticated enough to beat him.

Whoever can get enough free points on serve, while devastating their opponent in the long rallies by hitting the defining, turning point shot will win this 53th epic encounter of an epic rivalry.

It truly is the perfect 50/50 match to close out another great Australian Open.

Prediction: Djokovic in five sets

Nadal has truly been the better player all throughout the tournament, and has showcased how at age 32 he can somehow augment his remarkable game.

But Djokovic reminded the world how much he loves the Rod Laver Arena court against Pouille in the semi-final, and erased the advantage of Nadal having a day's extra rest for the final by bringing his formidable best against the Frenchmen.

It truly is as much a coin flip as possible, where going against either timeless icon is a risk. But Djokovic just has a way, even with Nadal's improved offensive output, of going to another mental level in this matchup outside of clay. It will be riveting, either way.

Andrew Jones
@sluggahjells in Tennis