After the top two seeds, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, both suffered stunning upsets last week in Melbourne, Roger Federer unexpectedly enters the closing stretch of the Australian Open as the title favourite at odds of 11/4 with BetVictor, who offered the 17-time major winner at 22/1 on the eve of the tournament.
Remarkably, it is Federer’s old foe Rafael Nadal next up in the betting at the Quarter-Final stage – the 2009 Champion was a 14/1 shot pre-tournament but is now a best price of just 19/5.
Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 champion here, is now at 4/1 from 12/1 pre-tournament – while last year’s Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic is 5/1 from 20/1 pre-tournament.
Denis Istomin’s defeat of Djokovic was ranked by bookies as the fifth biggest shock on the ATP Tour since 2010, with 25/1 chance Istomin joining a list headed by Sergiy Stakhovsky – who was available at 45/1 before beating Federer at Wimbledon 2013.
The Serb’s defeat seemed to leave the way clear for Murray to claim a first title at this event – but the World no.1 looked flat as he was eliminated by Mischa Zverev.
Zverev is a better player than Istomin, who is ranked outside of the world’s top 100, but it was a still an enormous surprise with Murray priced at 1/50 to win the match.