6 Intriguing Australian Open bets: Ways to win on the Finals

If you’ve never bet on tennis at PointsBet, you probably think it’s like visiting a bar that only serves beer. You just pick the winner of the match, right?

No, no, no. There are cocktails and mocktails and whiskey and wine. There are 53 wagering opportunities on the Thursday semifinal between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, and 56 on the Jennifer Brady-Naomi Osaka women’s final Friday.

Here are six intriguing betting opportunities on the Australia Open, first three for the men:

Featured Wager: Handicap Games (O/U 3.5). Medvedev is favored by 3.5 games, and PointsBet has received enough action to boost his price to -135. If you like Tsitsipas, you get 3.5 games at essentially even money (+102). You’ll need Tsitsipas to win a set to cash this ticket unless he has really crummy luck in tiebreakers and falls 7-6, 7-6, 7-6.

First Set Wagers: First Set Correct Score. You might have an easier time returning Roger Federer’s serve than hitting this offering. But if you do, the payoff can be massive. There are 14 choices, ranging from the safest (Medvedev 6-4, which pays +325) to the wildest (+12500 on a Tsitsipas bagel). Might be worth it to bet on a few results here to give yourself a better shot.

First Set Wagers: Lose 1st Set & Win Match (Medvedev +360; Tsitsipas +650). A sweet payout if the 22-year-old Athens native can repeat what he did against Rafael Nadal. He lost the first set 6-3 but won in five. Those who made this bet got paid +735.

Featured Wagers: Total Games (O/U 19.5). As straightforward as it sounds. Osaka needed just 19 games to polish off Serena Williams in the semis. Brady’s three-set victory over Karolina Muchova required 29 games. The only twist here is the price: Under 19.5 is -150; Over is +108.

Set Wagers: Set by Set. Are you savvy enough to pick the exact two- or three-set result? There are six combos here, starting with Osaka to win in straight sets (-182), Osaka to win the first and third sets (+600) or to win the second and third sets (also +600). Brady’s combos are worth +700, +1200 and +1200.

Ace Wagers: Brady, the hard-hitter from Harrisburg, Pa., aced Muchova eight times in the semis. Osaka’s serve was a massive weapon (and glitch) against Williams, as she tallied six aces and eight double faults. The wagering odds here go like this: Brady +200, Osaka -200, Draw (tie) +1000.

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