Australian Open 2019: betting news for the men's final in Melbourne
Novak Djokovic slight favourite to beat Rafael Nadal after mauling Lucas Pouille
Men's final - 8.30am Sunday, Eurosport 1
Novak Djokovic is 4-5 to defeat Australian Open final opponent Rafael Nadal and win his seventh Melbourne Park singles crown after blitzing Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2 in their semi-final clash on Friday.
Djokovic, who was a shade of odds-against before the tournament started, and Nadal, who was a best-priced 10-1 with each-way layers in the hours before the first major of the season began, have hogged the punting limelight in the wake of Roger Federer's fourth-round exit.
Unsurprisingly, Nadal has been the principle focus of support, especially since 2017 and 2018 champion Federer lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas, and the Majorcan even went odds-on and led the market before Djokovic's last-four waltz over Pouille, who was contesting his first last-four singles clash in a major.
But while Pouille looked as if he might give Djokovic something to think about, that did not happen as the world number one crushed Amelie Mauresmo's charge for the loss of just four games.
French Open champion Nadal, who has not dropped a set on his way to the final, is 23-20 to nail a second Aussie Open singles title after crushing Tsitsipas 6-2 6-4 6-0 to reach his fifth major final down under.
Nadal and Djokovic played their semis on different days so the Pearl of Manacor will have had three days' rest going into the title match with the format allowing the Serb just two. And it has been noticeable that bettors and market-makers tend to remember the most recent match contested with both combatants having flip-flopped in the outright betting in the last few days.
The pair's most recent major rumble, in the Wimbledon semi-finals last summer, produced a close-fought classic with Djokovic edging the honours 6-4 3-6 7-6 3-6 10-8, after which he went on to defeat Kevin Anderson in the final of London's premier grass-court tournament.
It's more than five years since their last hard-court major clash, when Nadal ran out a four-set victor in the 2013 US Open final, and while Djokovic is edging favouritism, possibly by virtue of his superior rank and record in Australia, the oddsmakers clearly reckon the focused Spaniard has a genuine chance to deny his great rival on Sunday.
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