Novak Djokovic vs Alexei Popyrin prediction and odds: Australian Open 2025

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As the Australian Open 2025 continues its thrilling narrative, all eyes turn to a captivating second-round clash between defending champion Novak Djokovic and the dynamic Australian, Alexei Popyrin. For the latest insights and betting tips on the Australian Open 2025, check out our predictions for the ATP men’s and WTA women’s events.

Our favourite Novak Djokovic vs Alexei Popyrin – match predictions

Facing an unexpectedly tough opener, Djokovic aims to find his groove against an in-form Popyrin, who enters the contest with a promising start to the season. Melbourne’s Center Court is primed for an epic showdown as two contrasting storylines collide for bragging rights.

Djokovic to win the match and over 33.5 total games @ 21/10 (3.10)

It is difficult to see anyone but Djokovic triumphing in this match. However, it would be folly to reject Popyrin’s capacity to pose a challenge, especially in a best-of-five sets format, which adds intrigue to the contest. In the slam opener, the Serbian ace required 40 games to get past Dino Prizmic and we believe Popyrin will pose a much bigger threat in front of home fans. Based on this, we are backing the prize boost selection on Ladbrokes for Djokovic to win the match and over 33.5 total games.

3-1 to Novak Djokovic @ 7/2 (4.50)

The narrative in this match is around Djokovic and with good reason. The Serbian ace does not let up in slam affairs. However, his victories in 2024 have been choppy, conceding a set against Lehecka and Prizmic, while only Zhizhen Zhan was routed in straight sets. With Popyrin arriving in this match on the back of 3-0 routing of compatriot Polmans, we expect him to get something out of this duel. A repeat of a 3-1 result akin to his first-round outing seems likely.

Novak Djokovic vs Alexei Popyrin odds

The numbers heavily favour Djokovic with a dominant 97.1% chance of winning, indicating his clear superiority over the Australian, who is given a 5.9% chance by the bookmakers.

Rod Laver Arena hosts duel between Djokovic and Popyrin

Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far this season for the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.

Novak Djokovic preview

Djokovic’s recent form has raised eyebrows after an arduous four-hour opening battle in the Australian Open against Dino Prizmic. The world #1, uncharacteristically lacking his usual clutch performance, faced numerous breakpoints and conceded a set. While Djokovic’s physical struggles during the United Cup earlier this year are noteworthy, it remains uncertain if his subpar performance against Prizmic signals persisting issues or merely a slow start.

Alexei Popyrin preview

Popyrin enters the second round of the Australian Open with a promising start to the 2024 season. In three matches played, he displayed resilience by taking a set-off Roman Safiullin and securing victories against Christopher O’Connell and Marc Polmans. Popyrin’s readiness to capitalize on opportunities and his positive form make him a formidable opponent for Djokovic in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic vs Alexei Popyrin head to head

The mighty Serb holds a 1-0 lead in the head-to-head record against Alexei, a result dating back to the 2019 Tokyo Open.

Key match details

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  • When will this match start? This match starts at 11:15 on 17th January.
  • Where can you watch the Australian Open 2024? Fans in the UK can tune into Eurosport and Discovery+ to catch Australian Open 2024 action.
  • Who is the top seed of the Australian Open 2024? Defending champion Novak Djokovic has the top billing at Australian Open 2024.

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