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Roger Federer vs. Noah Rubin 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Rubin vs. Federer
Date & Time Tuesday January 17, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Federer -1900 / Rubin +1100 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN
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Roger Federer and Noah Rubin meet in the second round of the 2017 Australian Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a four set win over Jurgen Melzer that took 37 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 77 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Federer looked sharp with his service game and racked up 46 winners in his painless victory. Federer lost just four games in the last two sets and the less wear and tear on his body will increase his odds of winning another grand slam. For somebody who hasn’t played since the Wimbledon, Federer looked good in his first match back and has to be pleased moving forward as he looks for his first grand slam crown since 2010. Federer has lost before the third round of a grand slam once since 2013. Federer has won nine of his last 11 matches on hard court.

Noah Rubin is coming off a five set win over Bjorn Fratangelo that took 50 games to decide. In the victory, Rubin won 74 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Rubin spent a ton of energy getting his first grand slam victory of his career, but the 20-year-old from New York will take it. Rubin became pro about a year and a half ago and is gaining valuable experience regardless of what happens the rest of the way in this tournament. If Rubin wants a real shot at a shocking upset, he has to be much sharper with his second serve. Rubin has never beaten a top-10 player in his young career. Rubin looks to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Rubin has won nine of his last 12 matches on hard court.

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

One of the main reasons I had Federer winning this tournament is because of his easy draw to start things off. No disrespect to Rubin, but he’s too wet behind the ears and has never been on this stage to hang with a rested and motivated Federer. This should be a quick three set match that gets the Swiss one step closer to the trophy.

Pick:
Roger Federer

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