A spot in the 2021 Australian Open men's singles final will be on the line when world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and unseeded Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev collide at Melbourne Park. Djokovic is looking to continue his dominance Down Under and advance to another finals in Melbourne, where he is 8-0 in his career. Karatsev hopes to continue his unlikely run through the draw in his first ever grand slam tournament. The winner will meet the winner of the other semifinal between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas for the title.
Djokovic-Karatsev starts at 3:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. William Hill Sportsbook lists Djokovic as a -1400 favorite in the latest Djokovic vs. Karatsev odds, while Karatsev is going off at +700. There are a variety of other Karatsev vs. Djokovic prop bets on the board like total games, with the over-under set at 33.5. Before making any Djokovic vs. Karatsev picks, be sure to see the 2021 Australian Open predictions from famed tennis handicapper Sean Calvert.
Calvert is the famed handicapper who called Stan Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1, the last Australian title won by someone other than Djokovic or Roger Federer. In 2019, Calvert took down a huge score on Dominic Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1. And on Tuesday Calvert nailed his two bets in the quarterfinal between Djokovic and Alexander Zverev: first set tiebreak (+180) and Over 41.5 total games (+115). Anyone following his picks is way up.
Now, Calvert has scrutinized the latest Australian Open 2021 odds and released his coveted best bet for Karatsev vs. Djokovic. He's sharing his analysis at SportsLine.
Novak Djokovic vs. Aslan Karatsev preview
Because of the limited number of matches played before the Australian Open 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Djokovic's form entering the tournament was an unknown. But in five matches in Melbourne, he has shown resilience in getting through a tough quarter of the draw. In the third round, he picked up what he called "torn abs" in surviving a five-set thriller against Taylor Fritz. He then withstood a barrage of 26 aces and 50 winners against 14th seeded Milos Raonic in the fourth round.
On Tuesday, he was pushed to the limit by world No. 7 Alexander Zverev before winning in four sets. In that match, Djokovic was visibly upset with his play, slamming his racket to the ground, yet still found a way. After eliminating Fritz, Raonic and Zverev, Djokovic enters the 2021 Australian Open semifinals battle-hardened.
While Djokovic's journey to the final four was expected, Karatsev's was not. Ranked No. 114 in the world, Karatsev needed to win three matches to qualify for the Australian Open. Once in the 2021 Australian Open bracket, he has been impressive, winning his first three matches in straight sets, including an upset of eighth-seeded Diego Schwartzman in the third round. Karatsev pulled off another shocker in the fourth round, rallying from two sets down to upset No. 20 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.
In the quarterfinals, Karatsev benefited from a back injury to No. 18 seed Grigor Dimitrov to win in four sets. With the win, he became the first male player in the Open era to make a slam semifinal in his maiden appearance.
How to make Djokovic vs. Karatsev picks
Calvert has analyzed the match and released a confident pick that would pay more than 4-1. Be sure to see Calvert's analysis before locking in your Australian Open 2021 picks for the men's semifinals.
Who wins Karatsev vs. Djokovic? And which prop could lead to a huge return? Visit SportsLine now to see Calvert's best bets for Karatsev vs. Djokovic, all from the famed tennis handicapper who called Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1.