Djokovic vs Paul: prediction for the Australian Open match
On Friday, Novak Djokovic and Tommy Paul will face off in the semifinal of the 2023 Australian Open. Who will become the finalist of the major? Here's our prediction.
Novak Djokovic is on fire. He easily defeated home favourite Alex De Minaur in the round of 16 and got a confident victory over Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals. Djokovic surrended only seven games to the Russian. Djokovic won his last 26 matches at the Melbourne Major and is looking to reclaim the trophy.
Tommy Paul has had a great tournament and made it into his maiden Grand Slam semifinal. To reach the quarterfinals, Paul ousted Jan-Lennard Struff, Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina, Jenson Brooksby, and Roberto bautista Agut. After that, Paul defeated his 20-year-old compatroit Ben Shelton in four sets.
Ставка 1st set: total under 9.5
3 of Paul's last 5 matches had under 9.5 games in the first set.
Ставка Tie-break - yes
Djokovic played 2 tie-breaks in his last 5 matches.
Djokovic seems unstoppable. He has won 21 Grand Slams, and will stop at nothing to get the 22nd title. In the last two matches, the Serb lost only five games to De Minaur and seven - to Rublev. We think he will get a landslide victory against Tommy Paul.
Our prediction - handicap (-8) to Djokovic
Djokovic has overcome his hamstring problems and gained momentum. We believe Paul has no chance - Djokovic should win in straight sets.
Second prediction - total under 31 games