Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka stand as the top favorites for winning the gold at the Olympics. Now, will they do it? It is hard to say but judging by previous tournaments and the results at the same, we are ahead of one very interesting competition.
Novak Against All
With -120, Novak Djokovic, the 20-time Grand Slam winner, is the absolute favorite for taking the gold in Japan. Though, we need to say a few words here. First, some of them being warning for all those who want to bet on Djokovic’s victory.
The surface in Japan will be the same as the one at the US Open, which is why Novak probably came, to prepare better for the last Grand Slam of the year. Now that Flushing Meadows is the place where Nole has the most defeats in the finals, five. Just have that in mind.
He will be in the part of the draw with Andrey Rublev, and their potential clash is in the quarterfinals. The Russian is 10/1 to win the title.
Novak Djokovic, who has won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon this year, has the chance to become the first man to win a so-called Golden Slam should he win the singles gold medal in Tokyo and later the US Open in New York https://t.co/5RT1DQR0T5
— CNN (@CNN) July 16, 2021
The guy who has the most chances of dethroning Novak is Daniil Medvedev, with +320. The other Russian is in the second part of the draw, along with the third favorite, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is +600.
But we need to be realistic and say that their part of the bracket is significantly tougher than Djokovic. Several potential mines lie there, like Auger-Aliassame, Carreno Busta, Fognini, Khachanov, or Grand Slam champions – Marin Cilic and Andy Murray. So we believe that whoever gets through this part of the competition will have significantly less power for the finals. Therefore, Novak is the logical choice for betting. After all, he does look unstoppable these days.
Osaka and Barty Leading the Way
The Japanese player will have the home-court advantage, but on the other side, Ashleigh Barty is in the best form of all the players. These two ladies are the top two candidates for the gold medal, with a slight difference in odds between them. Osaka is +350, while Barty sits at +400. The next two players in the line are Arlyna Sabalaneka +800 and Iga Swiatek +1100.
Barty played well in London, pretty much trashing her rivals on the path to the title. The Australian looked convincing, but we have one reason you need to be careful when betting on her win here.
Ashleigh’s best result in New York is the fourth round, and she never past that stage. On the other side, Osaka is masterful on this surface, with two titles at flushing, in 2018 and 2020, plus, she won the Australian Open on both occasions right after New York.
Main draw singles at the Tokyo 2020 #Olympics. Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka are the top seeds.
Barty opens against Sara Sorribes Tormo. Osaka against Zheng Saisai. pic.twitter.com/4a5N9rZuv8
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) July 22, 2021
So she is much better on the hard surface than her biggest rival, plus she plays at home and doesn’t have to spend any time adjusting to the new environment and circumstances.
Osaka has the edge, in our opinion, here, and betting on her win is a reasonable choice.
This might come as a disappointment for some because we didn’t go with some bold predictions. However, we are here to give you the safest and most profitable picks, not to amuse the crowd.
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