Australian Open Best Bets - Day 9
The quarterfinals get underway at Melbourne Park on Tuesday as we reach the business end of the tournament.
(22) Roberto Bautista-Agut vs. (14) Stefanos Tsitsipas
The afternoon session on Rod Laver Arena begins with Roberto Bautista-Agut up against Stefanos Tsitsipas in an intriguing matchup as both men find themselves in uncharted territory, having never before reached the final eight of a Grand Slam. Tsitsipas will no doubt still be on a high after his dream result against Roger Federer on Sunday night while Bautista-Agut is riding a nine-game winning streak to begin the year after his success at Doha before the Australian Open. He’s overcome the underdog tag in four of those matches including in his last match against Marin Cilic and will need to do it once more if he’s to keep his winning streak alive.
The pair have never played each other before and will now meet in the biggest match of their lives on the biggest stage. Tsitsipas saved all 12 break points he faced against Roger Federer and stood up in the clutch moments and may have too much power, grit and sheer momentum for the Spanish veteran.
Key Stat: Stefanos Tsitsipas has a 16-6 W/L record as a favourite after a win from 2018 onwards.
(8) Petra Kvitova vs. (15) Ash Barty
The only woman to have beaten Ash Barty this year is Petra Kvitova and the pair face off in a Sydney International Final rematch in the Australian Open quarterfinal. It’s Barty’s first appearance in a Grand Slam final eight and what an achievement for the 22-year-old in front of her home crowd. Kvitova has started the season brilliantly and is 10-1 on the season after winning the title in Sydney but this is only her third quarterfinal appearance at a Grand Slam in her last 17 attempts but we know she has the pedigree to go all the way having won two Wimbledon crowns.
The Czech leads the head-to-head 3-0 with the last two meetings going the distance with Barty winning the first set in each. Their first meeting was way back in 2012 when Barty had just turned 16 and Kvitova was just two months away from winning Wimbledon. It promises to be a cracking match and we think the home fans can lift Ash over the line and into an Australian Open semifinal.
Key Stat: Ash Barty has covered the game handicap in all four of her matches during this Australian Open.