Novak Djokovic vs Tommy Paul Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Australian Open Semifinal (Djokovic Crushes Again)

Larry Rupp
Novak Djokovic vs Tommy Paul prediction, odds & best bet for Australian Open men's singles semifinals match.
Novak Djokovic vs Tommy Paul prediction, odds & best bet for Australian Open men's singles semifinals match. / AP Photos/Dita Alangkara
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Djokovic vs Paul Australian Open Schedule & Info

2023 Australian Open Men's Semifinals Match
No. 4 Novak Djokovic vs. Tommy Paul
Date: Friday, Jan. 27, 2023
Start Time: 3:30 a.m. ET
Venue: Rod Laver Arena — Melbourne, Australia

A spot in the finals is on the line as No. 4 Novak Djokovic and Tommy Paul face off in 2023 Australian Open action. Djokovic showcased his talent in a dominating three-set victory over Andrey Rublev on Wednesday and now has a chance to lock down a spot in a Grand Slam final for the 33rd time ever.

Meanwhile, Paul earned a gritty four-set victory over Ben Shelton in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals of a Grand slam tournament for the first time in his career. A matchup against one of the best tennis players of all-time is next for the 25-year-old. Will he be able to keep his run going?

Djokovic vs Paul Odds & Set Betting

All 2023 Australian Open men's betting odds and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: Djokovic: (-1700) | Paul: (+1040)
To Win 1st Set: Djokovic: (-550) | Paul: (+390)
Set Betting: Djokovic: 3-0 (-165) | 3-1 (+270) | 3-2 (+650)
Set Betting: Paul: 3-0 (+3900) | 3-1 (+2800) | 3-2 (+1700)

Djokovic vs Paul Head-to-Head Stats & Betting Trends

- This is the first all-time head-to-head matchup between Novak Djokovic and Tommy Paul
- Djokovic defeated No. 5 Andrey Rublev in three sets in the 2023 Australian Open quarterfinals.
- Paul defeated Ben Shelton in four sets in the 2023 Australian Open quarterfinals.

Djokovic vs Paul Prediction & Pick

Here we have a semifinal matchup between one tennis star everyone thought would make it and one young up-and-comer no one thought would make it. There's a reason Paul enters as a big underdog, though, considering this is his first quarterfinals appearance in any Grand Slam tourney in his career.

Djokovic silenced all doubts about his iffy hamstring in grand fashion as he picked Rublev apart on the court with one well-placed shot after another. The 35-year-old knows that his record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title is in reach and facing a player he has never faced before gives the veteran an edge.

Paul has made himself a household name over the past few weeks, but expect his run to end here.

Winner: Novak Djokovic

Djokovic vs Paul Best Bet

There's no reason to fade Djokovic in any way whatsoever in this match. The Serbian has beaten four of his first five opponents in the 2023 Australian Open in three sets, with his lone set loss coming via a tiebreak back in the second round. His 14 aces against Rublev shows that he is not tiring, either.

Paul is getting better and better with each tournament that goes by and has the kind of speed that sets him apart in the sport. This bet has almost nothing to do with him and almost everything to do with Djokovic. I would feel comfortable backing him to win 3-0 against any opponent set in his way.

Bet: Novak Djokovic 3-0 (-165)

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