As we enter the business end of the Australian Open; we will take a look at what has happened so far and what to expect for week two.
What has happened so far?
On the men’s side, the sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas lost in straight sets to the big-serving Milos Raonic in what was the biggest casualty of the men’s draw. The ninth seed Roberto Bautista-Agut lost out in five to Marin Cilic. Cilic is a former Grand Slam champion, and Raonic previously made the Wimbledon final - so both of these results were not seen as huge surprises.
However, there were two major shocks on the women’s side. Serena Williams lost in three sets to China’s Wang Qiang, and the 15-year-old American Coco Gauff defeated the defending champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets. The two favourites for the tournament knocked out within a matter of hours - blowing the women's draw wide open.
Who is in good form?
Nadal and Djokovic have breezed through so far as expected, so it’s difficult to gauge how well they are playing. Daniil Medvedev has also won his matches relatively comfortably so far, but his big tests are soon to come. Roger Federer survived by the skin of his teeth against John Millman. He had to win via a 5th-set tiebreaker. His error-strewn display would have been pleasing to watch for his rivals.
What’s in store for week two?
Raonic vs Cilic
As mentioned above, both of these players have beaten higher-ranked opponents already so far and expect many tie-breaks due to the big-serving of both players. Marin Cilic is currently at odds of 2.40 to defeat the Canadian and have another good run here.
Kyrgios vs Nadal?
Kyrgios announced himself to the tennis world with a victory in 2014 against Nadal at Wimbledon. His career hasn’t kicked on since then. If this match comes to fruition, the home crowd will be behind him, and his performances do improve when it comes to the big stage against the big players. Kyrgios, however, has a tricky match against a player who is ranked higher than him. He plays Russia’s Karen Kachanov in the 3rd round. You can back him at 1.44 to defeat the Russian.
Medvedev vs Wawrinka/Isner?
Should he dispatch his opponent in the 3rd round, this will be Medvedev’s first real test of the tournament. The three-time slam winner Wawrinka or the big-serving John Isner will definitely cause him a lot of problems. If he comes through the first week unscathed; it will give him a great platform to win his first slam. Medvedev is at odds of 1.90 to win his quarter of the draw.
Kerber vs Pliskova?
They’ve played each other in a Grand Slam final before, and Kerber has also won this tournament in the past. A win for either player here will see them as one of the favourites; especially since Williams and Osaka have been knocked out. However, both have tricky ties in the 3rd round to contend with first.
Svitolina vs Muguruza
Without a doubt, the highlight of round 3. Svitolina struggles in the slams but has consistent results. While Muguruza is inconsistent and has two slams under her belt. Both players could learn from each other, but tennis players are remembered for their slam wins and not their victories on the WTA circuit. You can get enticing odds of 2.34 for a Muguruza win.
Gauff vs Kenin
The 15-year-old Coco Gauff continues to defy the odds, and in her previous match, she got the win of her career by defeating the defending champion Naomi Osaka. How far can she go in Australia? You can check the odds for her next match against Sofia Kenin on the STS website.
For the matches at the weekend; we are tipping wins for Pliskova, Kvitova, Kerber and Zverev at odds of 4.33 in a multiple bet.
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