<![CDATA[Tennis RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Mischa Zverev vs. Roger Federer 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/23/mischa-zverev-vs-roger-federer-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Mischa Zverev and Roger Federer meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Mischa Zverev is coming off a four set win over Andy Murray that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 66 percent of his first serve points and 46 percent of his second serve points. Zverev now has six career wins over top-10 players, but his win over Murray is easily the biggest win of his life at 29 years old. Zverev hit 52 winners in the victory and managed to convert on eight of 17 break chances. Zverev has had zero grand slam success before…

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Mischa Zverev and Roger Federer meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Mischa Zverev is coming off a four set win over Andy Murray that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 66 percent of his first serve points and 46 percent of his second serve points. Zverev now has six career wins over top-10 players, but his win over Murray is easily the biggest win of his life at 29 years old. Zverev hit 52 winners in the victory and managed to convert on eight of 17 break chances. Zverev has had zero grand slam success before this tournament, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the moment and if he can continue to play at this level. Zverev hopes to make the semifinals of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Zverev has won 10 of his last 13 matches on hard court.

Roger Federer is coming off a five set win over Kei Nishikori that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 80 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Federer continues to serve extremely well when he’s getting his first serve in play, and he’s coming off a match in which he had 83 winners. Federer has 32 aces in his last two matches and is going to be tough to beat if he continues to hit his spots the way he has this tournament. The concern for Federer is obvious fatigue, as a five set match can’t be good for a 35-year-old who is trying to win his first major since the 2012 season. Federer hopes to make a grand slam semifinal for the fifth straight appearance. Federer has won nine of his last 10 matches on hard court.

These two have played twice in the past and Federer has won both meetings. The most recent match was in Halle back in 2013, a match Federer won in 12 games. Zverev has won eight games in two matches against Federer.

No disrespect to Zverev, but Federer has to be doing backflips that he didn’t have to play Murray in this spot. Zverev has very little success against the top players in the world, had to play out of his mind to beat Murray and has no grand slam success heading into this tournament. Beating Murray and Federer in back-to-back matches given his career would be one of the biggest upsets over the last decade. It’s not going to happen.

Look for Federer to get two wins away from a Australian Open title.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:31:44 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73040
<![CDATA[Venus Williams vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/23/venus-williams-vs-anastasia-pavlyuchenkova-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Venus Williams and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Mona Barthel that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 73 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Venus has shown zero signs of her elbow injury, as she has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost just a combined nine games in her last two matches. Venus is serving with confidence and is moving well out there for a 36-year-old. The one concern…

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Venus Williams and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Mona Barthel that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 73 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Venus has shown zero signs of her elbow injury, as she has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost just a combined nine games in her last two matches. Venus is serving with confidence and is moving well out there for a 36-year-old. The one concern for Venus is that she did have 33 unforced errors in her last match, something that has cost her matches the last couple of years. Venus hopes to make her second grand slam semifinal since the 2011 season. Venus has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is coming off a straight sets win over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Pavlyuchenkova won 81 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Pavlyuchenkova could be considered the cinderella of the tournament, as she’s beaten back-to-back top-15 players and is in her fourth career grand slam quarterfinal. Pavlyuchenkova has dropped just one set this tournament and is fresh off a match in which she had 21 winners and was dominant with her first serve. If she does that here, Pavlyuchenkova has a chance for the upset. Pavlyuchenkova has five wins over top-10 players since the 2015 season. Pavlyuchenkova hopes to make her first grand slam semifinal appearance. Pavlyuchenkova has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.

These two have played five times in the past and Venus has won three of those meetings. The most recent match came in the 2014 Canadian Masters, a match Venus won in three sets. Pavlyuchenkova’s last win over Venus came in the 2009 Beijing Open. This will be the sixth meeting on hard court.

I’m always hesitant to back Venus given it’s usually a matter of time before she has a match filled with errors and it costs her the victory. However, Venus has looked sharp and the confidence is building by the minute. Pavlyuchenkova has had a very solid ride and is no pushover given her history against top players. However, Pavlyuchenkova has been awful with her second serve in her last two matches, something Venus will eat up. That’s the difference in this match for me.

Give me Venus to make the semifinals.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:11:57 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73028
<![CDATA[Rafael Nadal vs. Gael Monfils 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/22/rafael-nadal-vs-gael-monfils-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Rafael Nadal and Gael Monfils meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a five set win over Alexander Zverev that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 73 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Nadal has been classic Nadal during this tournament, as the will and determination is still there to get the job done. Nadal is serving extremely well, getting no less than 70 percent of his first serves in play. If this is the Nadal we’re going to see all season, the…

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Rafael Nadal and Gael Monfils meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a five set win over Alexander Zverev that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 73 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Nadal has been classic Nadal during this tournament, as the will and determination is still there to get the job done. Nadal is serving extremely well, getting no less than 70 percent of his first serves in play. If this is the Nadal we’re going to see all season, the sport of tennis is in great shape for 2017. Nadal hopes to make a grand slam quarterfinal for the third time since the 2015 season. Nadal has won five of his last six matches on hard court.

Gael Monfils is coming off a straight sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Monfils won 76 percent of his first serve points and 38 percent of his second serve points. Monfils has dropped just one set this tournament and should have a major rest advantage over Nadal who just played a five set contest. Monfils looks like he carried last year's consistency over to this season and is focused on finishing matches quickly rather than getting cheers from the fans. When Monfils is this dialed in and is motivated to win matches, he’s one of the more dangerous players in the field. Monfils hopes to make his third grand slam quarterfinal since last season. Monfils has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.

These two have played 14 times in the past and Nadal has won 12 of those meetings. The most recent match took place in the 2016 Monte Carlo Masters, a match Nadal won in three sets. Monfils’ last win over Nadal came in the 2012 Doha Open. Nadal has won the last four meetings against Monfils.

Monfils is more focused and more dangerous than he’s ever been, as he no longer plays simply to entertain the crowd and is more concerned with winning matches. The problem is Monfils still has minor drops in his game from time to time and that’s just enough to give Nadal the victory. Nadal is a machine who wants to win so badly he just finds ways to win. You have to beat Nadal to beat Nadal. I’m not sure Monfils is capable of doing that on the big stage.

I’ll take Nadal in a competitive match.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:29:33 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72953
<![CDATA[Serena Williams vs. Barbora Strycova 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/22/serena-williams-vs-barbora-strycova-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Serena Williams and Barbora Strycova meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Nicole Gibbs that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 83 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Serena has handled a tough part of the draw rather easily, as she hasn’t dropped more than four games in a set this tournament. Serena is killing her first serve percentage and looks confident out on the tennis court. The one concern is that Serena does have…

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Serena Williams and Barbora Strycova meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Nicole Gibbs that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 83 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Serena has handled a tough part of the draw rather easily, as she hasn’t dropped more than four games in a set this tournament. Serena is killing her first serve percentage and looks confident out on the tennis court. The one concern is that Serena does have a combined 49 unforced errors in her last two matches, something I’m sure she’d want to clean up as she hopes to get deeper into the tournament. Serena hopes to make her 10th straight grand slam quarterfinal appearance. Serena has won nine of her last 11 matches on hard court.

Barbora Strycova is coming off a straight sets win over Caroline Garcia that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Strycova won 76 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Strycova also hasn’t dropped a set this tournament and has lost just a combined 12 games in her last two matches. Strycova should be confident heading into this match and should look to be aggressive with her offense to pull off the upset. Strycova has six career wins over top-10 players, two of which came last season. Strycova hopes to make her second career grand slam quarterfinal and first since the 2014 Wimbledon. Strycova has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.

Serena has won both meetings against Strycova, both coming back in the 2012 Wimbledon and Australian Open. Both matches were decided in straight sets.

The head to head doesn’t tell us much given the small sample size and the fact the matches took place five years ago. Strycova has a shot here if she can play as well as she did against Garcia added with the hope Serena has a letdown. However, Serena looks looked in and hasn’t had to waste much energy to get to this point. That’s when the American is most scary.

Give me Serena in another straight setter.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:16:25 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72950
<![CDATA[Caroline Wozniacki vs. Johanna Konta 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/20/caroline-wozniacki-vs-johanna-konta-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a straight sets win over Donna Vekic that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 68 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki has lost just seven games in her first two matches and that’s going to be good from a fatigue standpoint. The problem is Wozniacki is capable of playing so much better, as she’s won 50 percent or less of second serve points and does have six…

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Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a straight sets win over Donna Vekic that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 68 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki has lost just seven games in her first two matches and that’s going to be good from a fatigue standpoint. The problem is Wozniacki is capable of playing so much better, as she’s won 50 percent or less of second serve points and does have six double faults. Still, Wozniacki is building on a solid performance in New York and seems like she’s back to being a force in any tournament she enters. Wozniacki hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the third time in her last six appearances. Wozniacki has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.

Johanna Konta is coming off a straight sets win over Naomi Osaka that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 89 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Konta has lost 13 games in her first two matches and has actually won her last 14 sets played overall. Konta has clearly established herself as a top-10 player in the world and will remain tough to beat as long as her service game stays strong. Konta has won 65 of 79 first serve points in her first two matches, a percentage that’s tough to match. Konta looks for her fourth career grand slam fourth round appearance. Konta has won seven straight matches on hard court.

This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.

This is going to be one of the better matches of the tournament yet, as Konta is a rising star and is in terrific form, while Wozniacki is the big name and somebody who is showing flashes of being who she used to be. You could make a strong case for either of these players, but I’m siding with Wozniacki. She has more experience in these type of matches and does have four wins over top-10 players since the US Open.

Could go either way, but I give the edge to Wozniacki.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:19:51 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72476
<![CDATA[Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/19/roger-federer-vs-tomas-berdych-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Noah Rubin that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 82 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Federer did have 41 unforced errors in his second round match and needed a third set tiebreak, but overall he’s looked sharp for a guy who missed a ton of time, and he’s finished both of his first two matches without much of an issue. There’s no doubt that Federer…

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Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Noah Rubin that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 82 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Federer did have 41 unforced errors in his second round match and needed a third set tiebreak, but overall he’s looked sharp for a guy who missed a ton of time, and he’s finished both of his first two matches without much of an issue. There’s no doubt that Federer has it in him to make another run at a grand slam title, it simply comes down to endurance and keeping matches short so the 35-year-old will have enough in the tank for the later rounds. So far, so good if you’re a Federer supporter. Federer hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the sixth straight appearance. Federer has won 10 of his last 12 matches on hard court.

Tomas Berdych is coming off a straight sets win over Ryan Harrison that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Berdych won 90 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points. Berdych has won 51 of 58 first serve points in his first two matches and has hit 44 winners. Berdych has been really sharp in grand slam play the last couple of years and has to love the form he has heading into this match. Berdych has 49 career victories over top-10 players and five of those have come since the 2015 season. Berdych hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the ninth straight appearance. Berdych has won five of his last six matches on hard court.

These two have played 22 times and Federer has won 16 of those meetings. The most recent match was in last years Australian Open, a match Federer won in straight sets. Federer has won his last five matches against Berdych, and his last loss was in Dubai in 2013.

Federer was my pick to win this Australian Open, and I’ve seen nothing yet that makes me want to change my mind. Berdych is playing fabulous tennis as of late, but this is an obvious step up in competition and Federer has owned him throughout the years. Look for Federer to get off to a strong start and doubt will start to creep in for Berdych, all but ending the match.

I’ll take Federer to win this match in three tight sets.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:47:12 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72317
<![CDATA[Angelique Kerber vs. Kristyna Pliskova 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/19/angelique-kerber-vs-kristyna-pliskova-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Angelique Kerber and Kristyna Pliskova meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Angelique Kerber is coming off a three sets win over Carina Witthoeft that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 65 percent of her first serve points and 61 percent of her second serve points. Kerber has found ways to win her first two matches, but there is some concern with her playing six sets against subpar competition. It may be rust due to early in the season, but Kerber has racked up 68 unforced errors this tournament, a number that better…

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Angelique Kerber and Kristyna Pliskova meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Angelique Kerber is coming off a three sets win over Carina Witthoeft that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 65 percent of her first serve points and 61 percent of her second serve points. Kerber has found ways to win her first two matches, but there is some concern with her playing six sets against subpar competition. It may be rust due to early in the season, but Kerber has racked up 68 unforced errors this tournament, a number that better be trimmed down sooner than later. Still, you have to like Kerber digging deep and grinding out victories when not at her best. Kerber hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth time in her last five appearances. Kerber has won seven of her last 10 matches on hard court.

Kristyna Pliskova is coming off a straight sets win over Irina-Camelia Begu that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 82 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova played a much cleaner match in the second round but still has a combined 80 unforced errors in her first two matches. While that number can’t be good heading into this match, we know what Pliskova is capable of when hitting well, as she’s a serve machine and can get a ton of free points when she’s hitting her spots. Also, Pliskova has won 10 of her last 15 sets played and is a top-60 player for the first time in her career. Pliskova hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time. Pliskova has won 10 of his last 13 matches on hard court.

These two have never played on the tennis court.

There are some things to be concerned about when it comes to Kerber, as she’s not in great form to start the 2017 season. Pliskova can make things interesting if she serves well and Kerber continues to struggle. However, I’m picking Kerber to win this match due to Pliskova not having much grand slam success and it’s only a matter of time before the German snaps out of her funk.

Give me Kerber to win her most impressive match of the tournament yet.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:47:32 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72314
<![CDATA[Kei Nishikori vs. Lukas Lacko 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/19/kei-nishikori-vs-lukas-lacko-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Kei Nishikori and Lukas Lacko meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Jeremy Chardy that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 67 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori needed a quick and easy victory after a draining first round, and he got just what the doctor ordered. Nishikori won nearly 50 percent of his return points in his last match and has been on fire with his service game overall. As long as Nishikori stays…

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Kei Nishikori and Lukas Lacko meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Jeremy Chardy that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 67 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori needed a quick and easy victory after a draining first round, and he got just what the doctor ordered. Nishikori won nearly 50 percent of his return points in his last match and has been on fire with his service game overall. As long as Nishikori stays fit and doesn’t tire out, he’s a threat to anyone in the field. Nishikori looks to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fifth straight time. Nishikori has won five of his last six matches on hard court.

Lukas Lacko is coming off a four set win over Dudi Sela that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Lacko won 68 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Lacko has been very aggressive at the net this tournament and will give himself a chance as long as he continues to get his first serve in play. Lacko has been an early surprise in this tournament after beating a top-30 player in Albert Ramos-Vinolas and now his second match victory. The confidence has to be building for Lacko, who was a top-50 player a few years ago, and guys like that have a chance to be dangerous due to the lack of expectations. Lacko hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Lacko has won eight of his last nine matches on hard court.

These two have played twice in the past and Nishikori has won both meetings. The most recent match took place in Washington in 2014, a match Nishikori won in 25 games. This will be their third meeting on hard court.

You take anything away from Lacko with the way he’s played up to this point and the fact he already beat a respectable player in the first round. He’s a dangerous third round opponent given his current form. However, there are only a few players I put above a healthy Nishikori. It’s hard to match his endurance, shotmaking and overall play in a five set match. Lacko won’t be able to keep up.

I’ll take Nishikori to win this match in three or four sets.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:18:17 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72311
<![CDATA[Venus Williams vs. Duan Yingying 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/19/venus-williams-vs-duan-yingying-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Venus Williams and Duan Yingying meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Stefanie Voegele that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 69 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Venus has looked really sharp in her first two matches and has won her last six sets played overall. As long as Venus continues to serve well and limit her unforced errors that have killed her as she’s gotten older, she’ll be in great shape. The concern with…

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Venus Williams and Duan Yingying meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Stefanie Voegele that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 69 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Venus has looked really sharp in her first two matches and has won her last six sets played overall. As long as Venus continues to serve well and limit her unforced errors that have killed her as she’s gotten older, she’ll be in great shape. The concern with Venus is her elbow injury that forced her to withdraw from doubles play with her sister Serena. Venus hopes to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth straight appearance. Venus has won four of her last six matches on hard court.

Duan Yingying is coming off a three set win over Varvara Lepchenko that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Duan won 63 percent of her first serve points and 63 percent of her second serve points. Duan came into this tournament with zero grand slam success at 27 years old and was making just her fourth appearance overall. Now, Duan is becoming a name to watch, as she’s been dominant with her service game and has been aggressive on the return. Duan has won 26 of 46 second serve points in her first two matches and that’s a recipe for success if those numbers continue. Duan looks to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time. Duan has won seven of her last eight matches on hard court.  

These two have never met on the tennis court before.

This match is interesting when you factor in Venus’ elbow injury and the question of how effective she can be if it’s that serious. Duan just beat a former top-20 player in her last match and did make the quarterfinals in Sydney. Duan is no pushover in her current form and is gaining some serious confidence in this tournament. Not to mention Venus can struggle with unforced errors, something that can pop up out of nowhere with her at any time.

Given all the question marks, I’m going to take Duan to win this match.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:30:34 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72293
<![CDATA[Novak Djokovic vs. Denis Istomin 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/18/novak-djokovic-vs-denis-istomin-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Novak Djokovic and Denis Istomin meet in the second round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Fernando Verdasco that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 76 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic looked sharp in his opening round victory, but could improve the fact he had 34 unforced errors and 24 winners. Overall, Djokovic is off to a very strong 2017 season and has won 13 of his last 15 sets played. If the injuries are really a thing…

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Novak Djokovic and Denis Istomin meet in the second round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Fernando Verdasco that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 76 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic looked sharp in his opening round victory, but could improve the fact he had 34 unforced errors and 24 winners. Overall, Djokovic is off to a very strong 2017 season and has won 13 of his last 15 sets played. If the injuries are really a thing of the past and he was able to clear his head from last season’s late struggles, Djokovic should be considered the favorite to win this tournament. Djokovic hasn’t lost before the third round of a grand slam since the 2008 Wimbledon. Djokovic has won six straight matches on hard court.

Denis Istomin is coming off a four sets win over Ivan Dodig that took 38 games to decide. In the victory, Istomin won 78 percent of his first serve points and 46 percent of his second serve points. Istomin was in control of his opening match from start to finish, as he hit 45 winners and converted six of nine break attempts. Istomin has never had much success on the grand slam stage, but a convincing victory where he was aggressive and hit his spots should inspire some confidence heading into this match. Istomin hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the fourth time since 2014. Istomin has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.

These two have played five times and Djokovic has won all five meetings, four of which have been decided in straight sets. The most recent match was in 2014 in Dubai, a match that took 18 games to decide. Istomin’s only set win over Djokovic came in the 2013 Canadian Masters.

Istomin has had no success against Djokovic and has never been a player who performs well on the grand slam stage. This should be a rather easy victory for the No. 2 player in the world, as Djokovic wins this match in straight sets.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:12:52 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72158