Roger Federer justified the support of his many backers as he outlasted Marin Cilic in a five-set final in Melbourne to win his 20th career Grand Slam title. At the age of 36, Federer has won three majors in the space of 12 months and few would bet against him adding at least one more in 2018.
As his chief rivals struggle with injury problems – Andy Murray never made it to Melbourne after undergoing surgery to correct a longstanding hip problem and Rafael Nadal was forced to retire hurt – and the next generation of stars so far struggling to live up to their billing, Federer remains the man to beat and he has been cut to a best price of 9/4 with William Hill to add to his record eight Wimbledon titles in the summer.
As the top seeds fell by the wayside in Australia, Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund and Hyeon Chung of South Korea made it all the way to the semi-finals. Edmund is 80/1 with Bet365 to win on the grass, while 21-year-old Chung, who stunned Novak Djokovic in Melbourne, has been added to the betting at 66/1 by the same firm.
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