Australian Open Odds Day 5: 2022 Australian Open Picks, Odds, and Best Bets

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 5: 2022 Australian Open Picks, Odds, and Best Bets

The Australian Open third round gets underway today, and in this column, we scour the tennis odds board in search of some of the best bets in the men’s and women’s games, respectively. So, let’s get started.

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Australian Open Odds Day 5

Carlos Alcaraz vs. Matteo Berrettini

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Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest player to be seeded in a grand slam event since Michael Chang in the 1990s. The Spanish prodigy has captured the imagination of tennis fans and the punditocracy alike, with many calling him the real deal and the best thing to come from Spain since Rafael Nadal.

The No.31 seed faces a stiff contest in the third round against Matteo Berrettini, who is seeded No.7. Interestingly, the oddsmakers favor the 18-year-old Alcaraz over Berrettini. As things currently stand, Alcaraz is priced as the -175 favorite to win while Berrettini is priced at +137.

This is the second meeting between the pair with Alcaraz holding the slim 1-0 advantage after beating the Italian in Vienna last year. Alcaraz has advanced without dropping a set. Berrettini needed four sets to advance from both his matches.

Sebastian Korda vs. Pablo Carreno Busta

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American Sebastian Korda is through to the third round after surviving a five-set marathon in the second round. Korda defeated Corentin Moutet 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (10). It remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank for this match. That said, Pablo Carreno Busta was pushed to the limit in the second round by dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.

The tennis betting line is delicately poised between this pair with Carreno Busta getting the slight nod as the favorite. The Spaniard may well come through on those odds, but Korda is a tempting underdog for the upset, too. This match may go beyond three sets, so there is value in set betting markets as well where a four-set win at +160 or a five-set win at +240.

Karen Khachanov vs. Rafael Nadal

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Nadal’s quest for a 21st grand slam title enters the third round. He’s through to the R32 without dropping a set, but in Russian Karen Khachanov, he faces a stiff competitor that will test him. That said, Nadal has the commanding 7-0 head-to-head over the Russian.

Barbora Krejcikova vs. Jelena Ostapenko

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The 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova is coasting under the radar and reaches the third round without dropping a set. The level of competition goes up several notches in the third round, though, as she faces former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. The Latvian has had to battle to reach the R32, defeating Alison Riske after coming back from a set down. Krejcikova should win, but Ostapenko could win. It’s a toss-up.

Victoria Azarenka vs. Elina Svitolina

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Victoria Azarenka and Elina Svitolina set up a fascinating third-round contest that could go either way. Azarenka is a former, two-time Australian Open champion, while Svitolina is one of the game’s top players. Azarenka leads the head-to-head 4-0 over Svitolina, earning her the favorable nod from bookmakers. It includes a straight-set win over Svitolina in Doha last season. The way both have started this season, it’s anybody’s guess which player will advance. A three-set match irrespective of the winner is the lean here for tennis picks.

Naomi Osaka vs. Amanda Anisimova

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If Naomi Osaka were to be upset in the early rounds, this is the matchup that could pose the biggest obstacle in her title defense campaign. Amanda Anisimova is playing some solid tennis right now, and she cuts a convincing figure as the underdog. Form tips the balance in Anisimova’s favor. She’s also working with coach Darren Cahill, who was instrumental in turning Simona Halep into a grand slam champion.

Ashleigh Barty vs. Camilla Giorgi

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World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has sailed through her first two rounds without dropping a sweat. In the R32, she faces a feisty competitor and a dangerous floater in Camilla Giorgi. Barty has the 3-0 head-to-head edge over the Italian, including a three-set win at the 2018 Australian Open R64. Barty should win, but Giorgi will give her a run for her money.

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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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