Australian Open Best Bets - Day 7
The round of 16 gets underway on Sunday afternoon at Melbourne Park as Ash Barty continues to fly the Aussie flag.
(15) Ash Barty vs. (30) Maria Sharapova
A mouthwatering clash on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday afternoon as Ash Barty meets Maria Sharapova for a spot in the Australian Open quarterfinals. Barty continued her brilliant form with another straight sets victory over Maria Sakkari while Sharapova defeated last year’s champion Caroline Wozniacki in three tight sets as she aims to get back to the final eight at Melbourne Park for a 9th time. Barty is yet to ever feature in a quarterfinal at Grand Slam level but is certainly in career best form and hasn’t been over roared by the weight of expectations by her home crowd. In their only career meeting last year, Sharapova prevailed in three sets but we think Barty can turn the tables on that result and continue her dream start to the Aussie summer.
Key Stat: Ash Barty has covered the game handicap in all her matches at the 2018 Australian Open
Our tip: Ash Barty -1.5 games @ $1.83 with Sportsbet
Frances Tiafoe vs. (20) Grigor Dimitrov
There’s one more than one reason to celebrate on Sunday for Frances Tiafoe. The young American will be celebrating his 21st birthday as well as his first ever fourth-round appearance at a Grand Slam and has a great opportunity to make it even further. Standing in his way is Grigor Dimitrov. The Australian Open always seems to bring out the best in Dimitrov who lost an epic semi-final here in 2017 to Rafael Nadal and has been a quarterfinalist on two other occasions. He’s yet to beat a seeded player during the tournament and faces another in Tiafoe who knocked off the 5th seeded Kevin Anderson in the second round after a breathtaking display. Tiafoe will need a similar performance to upset the Bulgarian but certainly has the game to do so. Their one and only meeting last year went the distance with Dimitrov winning both his sets in tiebreaks, proving Tiafoe can more than match it with him and we think he can continue his fairytale run.
Key Stat: Grigor Dimitrov has a 13-1 W/L record as a favourite at the Australian Open from 2016 onwards.
Our tip: Frances Tiafoe to win @ $3 with Sportsbet
(14) Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. (3) Roger Federer
What a prime time match on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night as Roger Federer takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas for a spot in the quarterfinals. The two-time defending champion Federer, who’s seeking his 100th career title in Melbourne and racing Novak Djokovic to become the first man to win seven Australian Open titles is once again playing brilliant tennis in Australia where he hasn’t tasted defeat since 2016. He’s yet to drop a set this tournament, something he’s become very accustomed to at Melbourne Park. By reaching the fourth round Tsitsipas equalled his best Grand Slam performance that he achieved at Wimbledon last year and is the youngest man inside the top 20 in the world at just 20 years of age. He’s never played Federer and is facing his toughest test of this tournament by quite a stretch and has dropped a set in each of his three wins and we don’t think he can trouble the Swiss maestro and GOAT.
Key Stat: Roger Federer has won eight of his last nine completed matches at the Australian Open in straight sets and is 17-0 since 2017 in Australia.
Our tip: Roger Federer to win 3-0 @ $2.20 with Sportsbet