Federer, Clijsters Top Australian Open Odds

Published January 19, 2010

Federer, Clijsters Top Australian Open Odds

Federer and arch-rival Nadal shaping up to meet in yet another Grand Slam Final.

The Australian Open is underway in Melbourne, and the odds suggest that Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters will win the men's and women's singles tournaments in the first Grand Slam of 2010.

Federer (5/2 at both Ladbrokes and William Hill) is aiming to make up for the disappointment of last year's tournament - when he lost in five grueling sets to arch-rival Rafael Nadal - and extend his world record of grand slam wins to 16.

Nadal, who seems to be over the injury that cost him the world number one ranking in the second half of last year, is 7/2 at both major bookmakers.

There are four other major contenders: Reigning US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina (5/1 and 6/1 at leading sportsbooks Ladbrokes and William Hill, respectively), Serb Novak Djokovic (6/1 at Ladbrokes, 11/2 at William Hill), Brit Andy Murray (6/1 at both bookmakers), and Russian Nikolay Davydenko (9/1 at Ladbrokes, 8/1 at William Hill).

The women's draw appears to be a race between five. Clijsters (William Hill odds of 11/4), sits ahead of Serena Williams, 3/1, fellow Belgian Justine Henin, 9/2, Venus Williams, 8/1, and Russian Elena Dementieva, 8/1.

The tournament runs for two weeks at Melbourne Park, with the women's singles final scheduled to be held on Saturday January 30 at the complex's Rod Laver Arena, and the men's final to be held the following day.

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