The No. 1 ranking in the world will be on the line when 21-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas collide in the 2023 Australian Open men's final on Sunday at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. If Djokovic, who's currently ranked No. 5, wins, he would reclaim the top ranking for the first time since June. He already owns the record for most weeks spent at No. 1 (373). A victory on Sunday also would move Djokovic into a tie with Rafael Nadal for the most career grand slam titles (22). If Tsitsipas, who's No. 4 in the world, wins, he would become No. 1 for the first time in his career.
The match is set to begin at 3:30 a.m. ET. Djokovic is a -525 favorite (risk $525 to win $100) in the latest Djokovic vs. Tsitsipas odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Tsitsipas is a +350 underdog. The over/under for total games is 36.5. Before locking in any Tsitsipas vs. Djokovic picks or 2023 Australian Open predictions, you need to see what SportsLine tennis expert Jose Onorato has to say.
Onorato grew up playing competitive tennis in Caracas, Venezuela. After coming to the United States, he trained with famed coach Nick Bollettieri at IMG Academy in Florida and faced players like Robert Farah, now one of the world's top-ranked doubles players.
Onorato, who holds dual degrees in finance and economics from the University of Miami, does extensive research before placing any tennis bets. He studies current form, a player's tendencies on a particular surface, weather conditions and many other relevant factors. That systematic approach helped Onorato go 96-67-7 -- up 60.42 units -- in 2022.
Now, Onorato has scrutinized the latest Australian Open 2023 odds and released his coveted best bet for the Djokovic vs. Tsitsipas men's final match. He's only sharing his pick and expert analysis at SportsLine.
Novak Djokovic vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas preview
Djokovic and Tsitsipas have met in a grand slam final before. In the 2021 French Open final, Djokovic lost the first two sets before rallying for a five-set victory. The win gave Djokovic the 19th grand slam title of his career. In 12 overall meetings between the two, Djokovic has won 10 times.
When Djokovic has reached the final in Melbourne, he has never been denied. He is a perfect 9-for-9 in Australian Open finals, and four of those wins came in straight sets. His nine singles titles are the second most by any player in any grand slam, trailing only Rafael Nadal's 14 French Open titles
While Djokovic has reached heights unlike any other player at the Australian Open, Tsitsipas also has a history of success in Melbourne. The 24-year-old from Greece has reached the semifinals three times and now the final once in six appearances in the Australian Open, his best history in any of the four majors. He is 23-5 overall in Melbourne.
Tsitsipas has relied on a strong return game to reach the final. In six matches so far this year in Melbourne, he has won 120 points when returning first serves, which ranks fourth in the field. He also has won 96 points when facing second serves, which ranks fifth. You can see Onorato's best bets here.
How to make Tsitsipas vs. Djokovic picks
Onorato has locked in a pair of best bets, including one that returns plus money. You can find out what it is, and see the rest of Onorato's analysis, at SportsLine.
What is the best bet for Djokovic vs. Tsitsipas in the men's final of the 2023 Australian Open? Visit SportsLine now to see Jose Onorato's top pick, all from the tennis expert who knows the game from a player's perspective, and find out.