Australian Open Men’s Singles QF
Every tennis and sports betting fan knows how dominant Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been, so it’s undoubtedly a great live betting treat that we’ll be able to witness them in another grand slam quarter-finals…and maybe beyond.
The road to Australian Open glory, however, won’t be easy for them as Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, Tennys Sandgren and Hyeon Chung all look to sway the betting odds and put an end to their domination.
Grigor Dimitrov vs Kyle Edmund
Britain’s Kyle Edmund served his way to his first-ever grand slam quarterfinal, beating Italy’s Andrea Seppi in a four-set thriller that saw him hit 25 aces.
Whether he can keep up the momentum (and the production) remains to be seen. Nonetheless, Grigor Dimitrov poses a tough break for the 23-year-old star considering that the Bulgarian all-rounder knows how to beat him—as seen in their recent meeting in Brisbane that ended with Dimitrov winning.
I expect Dimitrov’s experience to make the difference here, so choosing him on Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.65 is the best punt to make.
Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic has only dropped two sets in the competition so far, and his confidence is evident when he declared that there’s no one he can’t beat if he’s on top of his game.
The 29-year-old’s monster serving and forehand will make life hard for Rafael Nadal, who was limited to just one match in three months before the Aussie Open. Even so, the Spanish legend is adjusting well in his return to tour and should be in higher spirits with his 5-1 record against the Croatian big hitter.
This one should be close, but Cilic’s current form makes him a tempting bet on +1.50 @ 2.51.
Tomas Berdych vs Roger Federer
After taking down Marton Fucsovics in just two hours and one minute, Roger Federer looks ready for another return to the finals in Melbourne.
Tomas Berdych can tell that he is up for a tough task, admitting that he doesn’t know the “key to success” against the new and improved Federer. Also, it sure doesn’t help that he hasn’t beaten the Swiss maestro in their last eight meetings, which include a third-round encounter in this tournament last year.
Tennys Sandgren vs Hyeon Chung
No one would have predicted these two to be in the quarter-finals; but here they are now, writing the best feel-good stories of the Melbourne slam.
Both players will enter the match with elevated confidence following their surprise victories; however, it looks like Hyeon Chung has made himself the favourite in this game after pulling out the most Novak-esque performance against Djokovic himself!
Oh, the Korean phenom also met Tennys Sandgren in Auckland earlier this month, during which he beat the American in three sets.
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Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.