It will be a battle of experience against new talent when Novak Djokovic takes on Tommy Paul in the Australian Open semi-finals.
There is no doubt that the Serbian is heavily favored to reach the final, but his American opponent had a decisive tournament and will be looking to build on their momentum.
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Novak Djokovic vs Tommy Paul Odds
|Earn||United States (BetMGM)||United Kingdom (Skybet)||Australia (sports betting)|
|Propagate||United States (BetMGM)||United Kingdom (Skybet)||Australia (sports betting)|
|Novak Djokovic (-8.5 games)||–||–||$1.93|
|Tommy Paul (+8.5 games)||–||–||$1.80|
Novak Djokovic form vs Tommy Paul and betting trends
It’s fair to say that Djokovic is the heavy favorite entering this meeting.
It’s the Serbian tournament to lose since the first round, with a record 10th Australian Open singles crown looking increasingly likely.
He’s dropped just one set so far this campaign – in his second-round match against Enzo Couacaud – and no longer seems to be bothered by his wayward hamstrings.
The 35-year-old’s quarter-final win over Andrey Rublev was arguably his most impressive victory so far this year, edging out the world No.5.
Now Tommy Paul stands on his way to another Australian Open final.
The American will play in his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final and will face an uphill battle if he wants to reach the decider.
Entering as an unrated player, Paul has so far held off strong competition including Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Roberto Bautista Agut.
The 25-year-old beat compatriot and rising star Ben Shelton in the quarter-finals, limiting errors in a solid display.
However, he has yet to face a top 10 player in this tournament, and Djokovic will be the ultimate test.
Novak Djokovic vs Tommy Paul head to head
Djokovic and Paul have never played against each other.
Novak Djokovic vs Tommy Paul preview and prediction
It would take a very brave person to predict that Djokovic will retire in the semi-finals of a major against a player with limited Grand Slam experience late in the round.
This game is definitely up for grabs for the Serb, but that doesn’t mean we should rule Paul out entirely.
Although not a household name, the American has risen at key points in his games this tournament and is no pushover.
His movement is arguably his biggest strength, which could play into his hands if Djokovic’s hamstrings become an issue.
Despite this, Djokovic has a remarkable ability to control games, move his opponent around the pitch and dictate rallies.
Expect his experience and class to guide him to his 33rd Grand Slam final.
Prediction: Djokovic in three sets.
What time is Novak Djokovic vs Tommy Paul?
Djokovic and Paul will square off on Friday, January 27 (AEDT).
The start time of the match has not yet been announced and will be subject to weather conditions and the end of previous matches.
|Date||–||–||–||Thursday January 25|
How to watch Novak Djokovic vs Tommy Paul: Australian Open semi-final
|TV channel||Eurosport 1 or 2||ESPN/ESPN2||TSN1/TSN5||Channel 9|
|Streaming||eurosport.fr||ESPN+ and fuboTV||TSN+||9Now/Stan Sport|
Australia: The New network is the free-to-air broadcaster of the Australian Open 2023.
The Australian Open can also be watched on SmartTV’s 9Now and Stan Sport as well as 9Gem.
Fans can also stream the Australian Open through 9Now and Stan Sport.
UK: Coverage of the Australian Open 2023 is shown in the UK live and exclusively on Eurosport.
Eurosport 1 and 2 also provide daily coverage of the action in Melbourne.
UK fans can also stream the Australian Open via the Discovery+ app, the Eurosport app or via eurosport.co.uk
UNITED STATES: US-based tennis fans can watch this year’s Australian Open via ESPN. Games are broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2.
Both ESPN+ and fuboTV offer live streaming during the Australian Open 2023. FuboTV offers a free trial.
Canada: The Australian Open 2023 is broadcast in Canada by TSN.
Matches are shown on TSN1 or TSN5.
Canadian fans can stream the action live from Melbourne Park on TSN+.
The full TSN+ broadcast schedule can be accessed here.