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Australian Open Men's Final Rafael Nadal vs Stanislas Wawrinka Start Time, Odds

The Australian Open Men's Final takes place tonight between Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka. The match is scheduled for a 3:40 a.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. Currently the odds for the match have Nadal as a heavy favorite to win the match.

Nadal has looked in pretty good form to this point in the tournament. He last won the Australian Open in 2009 while Wawrinka enters this match tonight as a first-time Grand Slam finalist.

Australian Open finals odds courtesy of BetOnline

Rot.TeamSpreadMoney LineTotal PointsTeam Points
03:40 AM 8261 Rafael Nadal -6 -101 -575 Ov 38 -110 Ov 21 -115 Un 21 -115
8262 Stanislas Wawrinka +6 -115 +450 Un 38 -106 Ov 17 +105 Un 17 -135

Wawrinka knocked off two Top 10 players to reach the finals in this tournament, besting Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych in back-to-back matches. Now he'll face off against Nadal, who many consider to be the best player ever to pick up a racket. Wawrinka, the 8th seed in this tournament, has arguably the best backhand in the game and will look to utilize that weapon in this match tonight.

We're not surprised Nadal is favored in this matchup, he's won 13 major championships. He didn't play in the 2013 Australian Open because of a stomach virus and was upset in the first round at Wimbledon, one of the most stunning upsets in tennis history by Steve Darcis. Remember, Nadal also bowed out early in the 2012 Wimbledon tournament, in the second round. But he was able to put all that behind him last season, claiming Major titles in the French Open for the fourth straight year.

We expect a solid match here, one where Wawrinka could take a set off Nadal, who just beat up on Roger Federer in the last round of the tournament. Wawrinka has never beaten Nadal in 12 career matches. In fact, he's never won a set from Nadal, who has taken all 26 in his matches against Wawrinka. The amount of spin put on the ball when Nadal plays keeps him ahead in matches like these.

Nadal will win this match, but we think Stan the Man can keep it close. In their last match Nadal knocked him off 7-6, 7-6. Wawrinka could stay close in this one, but we like Nadal to win in four sets.

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