Another installment of everyone’s favourite Grand Slam kicks off today. We’ll be providing our 3 best spread bets and daily multi each day of the tournament. Bernie Tomic taking on Marin Cilic appears to be an excellent finish to the day. Exciting battles between Isner and Opelka and Berdych against Edmund are also worth a deep-dive.
The big-serving American enters the tournament with a very respectable #10 singles ranking. He opened the 2019 campaign in Auckland last week, where he fell to compatriot Taylor Fritz in the Round of 16. His success at the Aussie Open has waned somewhat of late, winning only 1 match in his past 2 visits to Melbourne Park.
The tallest player ever to play in the ATP, Opelka enters this one just outside the world’s top 100. He got his 2019 season underway in Brisbane, where he unfortunately fell in qualifying. Enjoying one of the best serves on tour, I’m expecting a huge serve war between these two men.
Prediction: Over 44.5 games
If Isner doesn’t win in 3 sets, I think this bet has a very strong shot of going over. Both of these men have consistent hold percentages above 85% and won’t allow the other many opportunities on their serve.
The 24-year-old Brit enters this one as the #13 seed, a testament to his improved play in recent years. He was in very good form to finish out 2018, defeating Gael Monfils to win the ATP Antwerp in October. Without any competitive matches in 2019, the conditions could prove an issue playing in the afternoon sun.
The Bird Man has fallen somewhat in the rankings of late, currently finding himself #57 in the world. He enters this one off a very long lay-off, having last played competitively in June of last year. Whilst he has enjoyed consistent success at the Aussie Open, the ever-improving Edmund represents a very tough 1st round opponent.
Prediction: Edmund +3.5 Games
Getting 3.5 games, I think the value is well and truly on Edmund in this one. He is in the better form of the two and has the most recent match experience. I expect Kyle to win at least a set in this one, making him strong value +3.5.
This will be Cilic’s first competitive hit-out of the 2019 season, having last played in the World Tour Finals in November. He enters this one with very high pedigree after reaching the final last year. His elite serve and powerful ground strokes will make for an interesting matchup against Bernie.
Tomic also has no competitive matches to his belt in 2019, although he did enjoy a victory at the Kooyong Exhibition tournament over Nick Kyrgios last week. He enters this one with a relatively disappointing ranking of #85, although he admittedly has time to turn this around. He did get back to solid form late last season, winning the Chengdu Open in September.
Prediction: Tomic +6.5 Games
I think Bernie looks good value in this one +6.5 games. His serve should hold him in good stead in these conditions and he has an outside shot of stealing a set. Even if he loses in straights, there are likely some tie-breaks in there.
Today’s daily multi features four very capable men who I believe enjoy a significant talent edge over their opponents. Schwartzman and Khachanov in particular look like Day 1 bankers. Both Tiafoe and Evans have impressed me of late and I also expect the pair to grind their way to round 2.