Rafael Nadal can overtake Roger Federer for the most career grand slam singles titles when he begins play in the year’s first grand slam, the 2021 Australian Open, on Monday at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. Nadal and Federer are tied for the most career singles titles, with 20. Federer is recovering from double knee surgery and is not entered in the Australian Open. But the 34-year-old Nadal, who joined Federer atop the career singles titles list with last year’s win in the French Open, is the No. 2 seed, behind only world No. 1 and eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic.
William Hill Sportsbook lists Djokovic as the +125 favorite in the latest 2021 Australian Open odds. Daniil Medvedev (+550), Dominic Thiem (+550) and Nadal (+600) round out the list of the top four 201 Australian Open contenders. Before making any 2021 Australian Open picks or predictions, check out the expert tennis picks and analysis from famed handicapper Sean Calvert.
Calvert is the famed handicapper who called Stan Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1 — the last Australian title won by someone other than Djokovic or Federer. In 2019, Calvert took down a huge score on Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1, among many stunning calls. Anyone following his picks is way up.
Now, Calvert has scrutinized the latest Australian Open 2021 odds and released his coveted best bets to win it all. He’s sharing all his picks and analysis at SportsLine.
Top 2021 Australian Open men’s predictions
One shocker: Calvert is not picking Djokovic even though the 33-year-old Serb is the prohibitive favorite at +125. With 17 career grand slam singles titles, Djokovic can pull within two of Federer and Nadal with a victory in Melbourne in two weeks. Djokovic certainly knows how to win Down Under; he owns a record eight Australian Open titles.
But on Friday Djokovic showed he isn’t invincible. In a pre-tournament event in Melbourne, he barely escaped an upset attempt by the seventh-ranked Alexander Zverev. Later on Friday Djokovic and fellow Serb Nikola Cacic lost to Zverev and Jan-Lennard Struff in a doubles match, with Djokovic visibly frustrated with his play. And Djokovic could meet Zverev again — this time in the quarterfinals.
How to make 2021 Australian Open men’s picks
But Calvert loves two long shots, including one who would pay an astonishing +10000. “The conditions in Melbourne will suit him,” Calvert says of this enormous long shot. You need to see his picks and analysis before considering any 2021 Australian Open bets.
So who wins the Australian Open 2021? And what enormous long shot could take the crown? Visit SportsLine now to see Sean Calvert’s bets for the 2021 Australian Open, all from the renowned tennis expert who called Wawrinka winning this event at 60-1.