Australian Open Best Bets - Day 8
The Round of 16 concludes with some huge matchups on both the men’s and women’s side of the draw.
(4) Alexander Zverev vs. (16) Milos Raonic
Alexander Zverev has already achieved a personal best by reaching reaching the round of 16 at Melbourne Park and now runs into his first seeded opponent for the tournament in Milos Raonic. Both men came through their third round matches in straight sets with Zverev defeating Aussie Alex Bolt while Raonic got the best of Pierre-Hugues Herbert, sending down 23 aces - making it 92 for the tournament and by far the most of those still left in the draw.
His serve again will be key against Zverev, a player he’s met twice for a 1-1 record. Their last meeting was at Wimbledon in 2017 where Raonic prevailed in five sets and this one could follow a similar script with Zverev leading early and the Canadian reeling him in.
Key Stat: Alexander Zverev has won the first set in each of his last nine matches at the Australian Open.
Our Bet: Alexander Zverev to win the first set @ $1.83 with Sportsbet. Milos Raonic to win the match @ $2 with Sportsbet.
(1) Simona Halep vs. (16) Serena Williams
What a night session it promises to be on Rod Laver Arena on Monday night with both World No 1’s in action. First up we see Simona Halep take on Serena Williams as Halep looks to get back to the final where she fell to Caroline Wozniacki last year while Williams will still see herself as the defending champion having triumphed here in 2017 before missing last year’s tournament.
Halep reached the fourth round after a convincing straight sets over Serena’s sister, Venus but her record is far less impressive against the younger sibling. Williams holds an 8-1 record over Halep and has looked unstoppable so far in her three matches having only lost nine games. The pair haven’t met since the 2016 US Open but the lopsided record must play on Halep’s mind, especially when Serena is in this ominous form and she should be able to carry that into this match and prove far too strong.
Key Stat: Serena Williams has won her last 10 matches at the Australian Open in straight sets.
Our Bet: Serena Williams to win 2-0 @ $2 with Sportsbet
(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (15) Daniil Medvedev
We witnessed an incredible match on Rod Laver Arena last night and perhaps the changing of the guard as Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Roger Federer. Can history repeat tonight with 22-year-old Daniil Medvedev taking on World No 1 Novak Djokovic? Medvedev began 2018 ranked 65 in the world before finishing the year as number 16 and three career titles to his name, including the Sydney International where he had to qualify.
His love affair with Australia has continued in 2019, reaching the final in Brisbane and is yet to drop a set during the Australian Open and holds a 12-2 record over the past two years down under. We’re all aware of Djokovic’s record here in Australia having won at Melbourne Park an equal record six times and is on track to make it seven having breezed through his opening three matches, covering the game line in all.
The fact Denis Shapovalov managed to pinch a set off Djokovic will give Medvedev some added confidence that he can topple the World No. 1 with their only other meeting resulting in a 6-4 6-4 victory for Djokovic on the grass courts of Eastbourne in 2017. It’s hard to see the Russian being able to defeat Djokovic in the kind of form he’s been in over the past eight months but should be able to keep it tight and hopefully we get to witness another epic match between present versus the future.
Key Stat: Novak Djokovic has won his last seven Grand Slam main draw matches against right-handed opponents in straight sets.
Our Bet: Dani Medvedev +6.5 games @ $1.90 with Sportsbet.