The Australian Open fourth round gets underway this Sunday with all the main contenders still alive in Melbourne Park. Join us while we go through the most valuable lines for the second week of competition in the first Grand Slam of the season.
Nick Kyrgios continues his quest for a first ever Grand Slam title. The Australian is trying to become the first Australian to lift the trophy in Melbourne Park since 1976. The 22-year-old couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2018 after winning his first ever title in his home country at the Brisbane International. The No.17 seed reaches this stage of the competition after an epic four-set battle against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Australian remained calm and mentally engaged, winning three tie breaks to book a spot in the second week of the Australian Open for the second time in his career.
Taking a look now at Nick’s draw on this event, the home favourite won’t have an easy task against Grigor Dimitrov in the following round. Nevertheless, this has been a shaky Australian Open for the Bulgarian with more than 60 unforced errors in the previous round against Andrey Rublev. Adding to this, Kyrgios won their most recent encounter at the Brisbane International two weeks ago. The market is well aware of Dimitrov’s poor performances with Nick’s price steaming 10.37% from 1.81 to 1.64 at Pinnacle. Due to the significant drop on the Australian’s price, our suggestion is for you to keep an eye on this market and place a bet on Kyrgios to win if his price gets back to 1.75.
As mentioned above, Nick is trying to become the first Aussie to win this event in more than 40 years. Even though Rafael Nadal is the main favorite to reach the final on the top half of the draw, Kyrgios is far from an easy match-up for the Spaniard. For that reason, placing a bet on Nick to reach the final at 4.50 with Bet365 is also an interesting approach for this tournament.
Novak Djokovic returned to the ATP World Tour after a six-month absence due to an elbow injury. Despite concerns regarding the Serbian’s physical condition, the 30-year-old is through to the second week after a solid performance against Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Djokovic is one of the most successful players ever in Melbourne Park, where he won six of his 12 Grand Slam titles.
Due to his brilliant results in 2017, Roger Federer is the undeniable favourite to lift the trophy. William Hill offers one of the best prices in the market with the 19-time Grand Slam champion available at 2.62. Even though we agree with Roger’s status, it won’t be easy for the Swiss to overcome Djokovic in a potential semi-final meeting with the Serbian. On the other hand, Novak won 77.78% of their 9 last encounters on Grand Slam events since the Serbian became a top player in 2011. Having said that, the value is definitely on Djokovic’s tennis betting odds to win his 7th title on this event at 7.00 at Betfair Sportsbook.