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Australian Open Odds Day 4: Medvedev and Kyrgios Collide in the Second Round

Breaking down the Australian Open odds, and taking a closer look at the men's second-round action.
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Australian Open Odds Day 4: Medvedev and Kyrgios Collide in the Second Round

The second round of the Australian Open concludes on Day 4. The day’s card is packed with stellar matchups, but, arguably, all eyes will be on the match between No.2 seed Daniil Medvedev and Aussie Nick Kyrgios. This marquee showdown is fittingly slated for primetime Australian Open action. Before Medvedev and Kyrgios bring down the curtain – if not the house down entirely at Rod Laver Arena – tennis fans can look forward to an All-American showdown between Francis Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz, Andy Murray taking on Taro Daniel, and much, much more. 

Below, we preview several standout contests and serve up choice tennis picks across various markets to spot, including moneyline and set betting markets.

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Australian Open Odds Day 4: Men's Second Round

Andrey Rublev vs Ricardas Berankis

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Andrey Rublev’s lack of preparation for the Australian Open didn’t factor in the first round as he made short work of Gianluca Mager in a straight-set win. His next opponent, Ricardas Berankis, was made to go the distance in his first-round clash with Roberto Carballes Baena, 6-1, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Rublev is one of the fittest players on the tour and a dogged fighter. Berankis won’t be a cakewalk, even though he expended a lot of energy in his opener. That said, Rublev has the 1-0 head-to-head edge over Berankis, and he should come through this second-round contest.

Francis Tiafoe vs Taylor Fritz

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The all-American showdown between Francis Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz is cornered with the latter on the tennis odds board. Fritz has the 2-1 edge over Tiafoe, winning the last two meetings between the pair. The most recent contest was a three-set win at the 2019 Paris Masters, with Fritz edging Tiafoe 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4. Fritz advanced into the second round after beating Maximilian Marterer while Tiafoe needed five sets to dismiss Marco Trungelliti. 

Sebastian Baez vs Stefanos Tistispas

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Stefanos Tsitsipas might have put to bed any questions about his fitness with a straight-set win over Mikael Ymer in the first round. Tsitsipas was barely threatened in the match as he went on to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win. Sebastian Baez had a much tougher time of it against Alberto Ramos-Vinolas, needing five sets to overcome the veteran, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. On paper, Tsitsipas is the strong favorite and he should come through with another straight-set win. 

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Felix Auger-Alliassime

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Canadian Felix Auger-Alliassime was taken the distance in his first-round contest while Alejandro Davidovich Fokina advanced without too much challenge. This is the first meeting between two of the ATP’s Tour young stars, which should make for an interesting contest that could go the distance. It’s a right toss-up for tennis picks, although the markets are cornering it with the Canadian. So much so, Fokina strikes an attractive pose for the upset. 

Andy Murray vs. Taro Daniel

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Andy Murray was made to fight for his place in the second round by fellow veteran Nikoloz Basilashvili. Murray survived a five-set marathon, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4. Next up is Japan’s Taro Daniel, who advances without dropping a set in the first round. Murray and Daniel met once in Davis Cup action five years ago with Murray winning the rubber in straight sets. It remains to be seen how well Murray can hold up after such an exhausting first-round encounter, but he is favored to win according to the odds.

Nick Kyrgios vs. Daniil Medvedev

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios presents a tough obstacle for No.2 seed and tournament favorite Daniil Medvedev to overcome in the second round. Indeed, Kyrgios is a popular bet for the upset in today’s round of tennis betting. Kyrgios has a healthy disrespect for the Tour’s top players and he’s not afraid to take it to them. Medvedev will have to be on top of his game to win this contest. 

All told, this match really could go any which way, making a bet on either player worth considering. Considering the fans will be behind Kyrgios, spurring him on to victory under the lights on Rod Laver Arena, it makes the Aussie a tempting pick for the upset at +400. For those on the fence, betting on the number of sets might be the best avenue for tennis picks. 

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Nikki Adams is a freelance sports writer that’s honed in on the world of sports betting. She joined OddsChecker in 2021 after having covered a number of major American sports, including NFL and NCAAF, for several other publications in the industry. When she’s not looking for the best betting angles and writing engaging and insightful articles, she’s likely on a tennis court or binging on reality TV.


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