The first Grand Slam of the year—the Australian Open—gets underway in the wee hours of Monday (Nigerian Time). Plenty of first round action in the men’s and women’s field in Melbourne and from among the lot, we have selected the top bet tips.
Fernando Verdasco to beat Miomir Kecmanovic at 1.45 on Wakabet
Fernando Verdasco takes on Serbian qualifier, Miomir Kacmanovic for a place in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday and I fancy Verdasco making it to the second round here.
His opponent, Kecmanovic has little to no experience playing in Grand Slam events. This will be his first ever appearance in the main draws of a Grand Slam event. Meanwhile, Verdasco, a semifinalist at this event in 2009, is a far more experienced player and should possess the will and wit to see this through. 1.45 for the win is quite generous.
John Isner to beat Reilly Opelka at 1.34 on Wakabet
America’s John Isner faces his countryman, Reilly Opelka for a place in the second round of the Australian Open, and I like his chances here.
Isner aside having a bigger and more potent serve than Opelka, even though the latter stands at 7ft, has more experience than the 21-year-old, whose only appearance in the main draws of a Grand Slam was in 2017 where he lost in the first round. I expect Isner to get back to winning ways with this.
Petra Kvitova to Magdalena Rybarikov at 1.12 on Wakabet, WTA
Two-time Grand Slam winner, Petra Kvitova is on the back of a title triumph at the Sydney International and is in excellent form at the moment.
They have met seven times and Kvitova has won six of those. I don’t think Rybarikov stands a chance here, seeing that she’s on a seven-match losing streak. Back Kvitova for the win at 1.12.
Denis Istomin vs Roger Federer (Federer to win in straight sets i.e 0:3 at 1.31 on Wakabet)
Federer is the double defending champion here and is currently in good form, judging from his performances at the Hopman Cup where he went undefeated in the singles.
This ground is also one of Federer’s best. He will have the backing of the crowd and the warmth of the Rod Laver Arena. Aside those, Istomin is no match for the great Swiss, who possesses just enough guile in his bag to see this through without losing a set.
Marin Cilic to beat Bernard Tomic at 1.24 on Wakabet
Last year’s finalist, Marin Cilic will seek to get off on a strong note when he takes on home player, Bernard Tomic in the first round.
Cilic’s overall style of play should be too good for the Australian. The Croat has plenty of experience playing in Grand Slam events and this shouldn’t be a difficult one for him.
Roberto Bautista-Agut to beat Andy Murray at 1.16 on Wakabet
Andy Murray isn’t fully fit. In fact, he already announced that this event could be his final tournament because he can no longer cope with the pain he feels. I don’t think he would be able to upset Bautista-Agut, who is in great form at the moment. Bautista-Agut started the 2019 season strongly, notably beating Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic en route to the Qatar Open title in Doha.
“I know most likely I’m going to lose in the first round,” said Murray ahead of facing Bautista-Agut. There you have it.