<![CDATA[Tennis RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Simona Halep vs. Karolina Pliskova 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/23/simona-halep-vs-karolina-pliskova-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Naomi Osaka that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 65 percent of her first serve points and 55 percent of her second serve points. Halep did a good job of keeping the ball in play in her fourth round victory, winning 48 percent of her return points and producing just 18 unforced errors. Halep produced five breaks in her fourth round victory as well. Besides the marathon match with Lauren Davis, Halep has been…

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Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Naomi Osaka that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 65 percent of her first serve points and 55 percent of her second serve points. Halep did a good job of keeping the ball in play in her fourth round victory, winning 48 percent of her return points and producing just 18 unforced errors. Halep produced five breaks in her fourth round victory as well. Besides the marathon match with Lauren Davis, Halep has been really consistent this tournament and will be tough to beat if she can keep her errors below 20. Halep hopes to make her fifth career grand slam semifinal appearance. Halep is 4-5 in her career in grand slam quarterfinal matches. Halep has never made the semifinals of the Australian Open, as she’s lost both previous quarterfinal matches. Halep has won 10 straight matches on hard court.

Karolina Pliskova is coming off a three sets win over Barbora Strycova that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 66 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova wasn’t as consistent with her serve in her fourth round match and was broken twice, but she did win 43 percent of her return points, and she’ll be in good shape if she can continue that effort. Pliskova has now won 10 of her last 13 sets played and is coming off a match in which she hit 42 winners. Pliskova hopes to make her third career grand slam semifinal appearance. Pliskova is 2-2 in her career in grand slam quarterfinal matches. Pliskova has never made the semifinals of the Australian Open. Pliskova has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.

These two have played seven times in the past and Halep has won five of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2017 French Open, a match Halep won in three sets. Halep has won the last two meetings with her last loss coming in the 2016 Davis Cup. Halep is 4-2 against Pliskova on hard court. 

Pliskova hasn’t been as dominant with her serve as she has been in the past and that’s worrisome given that it’s her biggest weapon and the one thing that puts her ahead of the rest of the field. Also, Halep has beaten Pliskova in four of the six matches on hard court, all in straight sets, so that tells you she sees the ball well and can handle those power shots. Halep also just faced a power player in Naomi Osaka, and she forced 31 unforced errors, so she should be prepared for a match like this one.

I like Halep to reach the semifinals.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:25:07 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111460
<![CDATA[Tennys Sandgren vs. Hyeon Chung 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/23/tennys-sandgren-vs-hyeon-chung-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Tennys Sandgren and Hyeon Chung meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Tennys Sandgren is coming off a five sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 53 games to decide. In the victory, Sandgren won 79 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Sandgren continues what has been the surprise of the tournament, as he beat Stan Wawrinka in the second round and is now in a grand slam quarterfinal in just his third try of his career. Sandgren has about made as much money in this tournament alone that he’s made his entire career.…

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Tennys Sandgren and Hyeon Chung meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Tennys Sandgren is coming off a five sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 53 games to decide. In the victory, Sandgren won 79 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Sandgren continues what has been the surprise of the tournament, as he beat Stan Wawrinka in the second round and is now in a grand slam quarterfinal in just his third try of his career. Sandgren has about made as much money in this tournament alone that he’s made his entire career. While he’s still green to big matches, Sandgren looked like a guy who thought he could win, has the crowd behind him and is playing with terrific confidence. Sandgren has split his last six quarterfinal matches, all of which have come in challenger play. Sandgren has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.

Hyeon Chung is coming off a straight sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 38 games to decide. In the victory, Chung won 65 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Chung is another cinderella in this tournament, as he never made it out of the third round of a grand slam before this showing, and he’s fresh off the biggest victory of his young career. Chung has been a defensive wizard this tournament, keeping the ball in play and forcing his opponent to win grueling, marathon rallies. It’s clear to say that the 21-year-old Chung has arrived and is ready for the big stage based on what he’s done the last couple of weeks. Chung has split his last six quarterfinal appearances, one of those victories coming in the Bavarian International Tennis Championships. Chung has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.

These two have played once, which was in Auckland of this year, a match that Chung won in three sets. The match took 30 games to be decided. 

You could make a case for Sandgren here, and the fact these two just played a three setter tells me that this could be another toss up that goes the distance. However, I can’t bet against Chung. And it’s not just what he did against Novak, as Chung has been a rising name the last couple of years and is always that polished defensively, just a brutal player to face and forces his opponent to hit constant winners. I need to see more from Sandgren before I have the confidence he can beat a player as disciplined as this.

I give the edge to Chung in this match.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:45:05 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111454
<![CDATA[Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/23/roger-federer-vs-tomas-berdych-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Marton Fucsovics that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 62 percent of his first serve points and 88 percent of his second serve points. Federer has yet to really sweat a game in quite some time and is fresh off a match in which he dropped just one second serve point. Federer still hasn’t dropped a set this tournament and has won 17 of his last 18 matches overall. I’ve said it before, but Federer has to be the…

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Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Marton Fucsovics that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 62 percent of his first serve points and 88 percent of his second serve points. Federer has yet to really sweat a game in quite some time and is fresh off a match in which he dropped just one second serve point. Federer still hasn’t dropped a set this tournament and has won 17 of his last 18 matches overall. I’ve said it before, but Federer has to be the favorite to win this tournament in his current form. Federer hopes to make his seventh grand slam semifinal appearance since 2015. Federer has won 10 of his last 13 grand slam quarterfinal matches. Federer is 13-0 in his career in Australian Open quarterfinal matches. Federer has won 12 of his last 13 matches on hard court.

Tomas Berdych is coming off a straight sets win over Fabio Fognini that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Berdych won 76 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Berdych was consistent with his serve like he usually is, but he gave himself 11 break chances against a respectable player, which makes him most dangerous. When Berdych has both his return and serve working, he’s one of the more underrated players on tour. Berdych won 43 percent of his return points in his last match and hit 37 winners. Berdych hopes to reach his fourth grand slam semifinal appearance since 2015. Berdych has split his last eight grand slam quarterfinal appearances. Berdych has made the semifinals of the Australian Open twice in his career. Berdych has won six of his last nine matches on hard court.

These two have played 25 times and Federer has won 19 of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2017 Wimbledon, a match Federer won in straight sets. Federer has won the last eight meetings against Berdych, with his last loss coming in the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships. 

Berdych is always worth a look when you’re getting him at a cheap price or with plus money, as he’s consistent and has a really good serve that’s going to give him a punchers chance. But are you really going to bet against Federer? The guy has won 35 of his last 38 matches on hard court and most of those matches were decided in straight sets. There’s also the glaring head to head numbers fading Federer, and he’s 13-0 in quarterfinal matches at the Australian Open.

Federer reaches the semifinals.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:39:58 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111451
<![CDATA[Madison Keys vs. Angelique Kerber 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/23/madison-keys-vs-angelique-kerber-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Madison Keys is coming off a straight sets win over Caroline Garcia that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Keys won 78 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Keys was consistent with her service game and hit 32 winners, but it was her five breaks on eight chances that was impressive. Keys has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost no more than seven games in a single match. Keys could improve her second serve percentage moving…

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Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Madison Keys is coming off a straight sets win over Caroline Garcia that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Keys won 78 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Keys was consistent with her service game and hit 32 winners, but it was her five breaks on eight chances that was impressive. Keys has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost no more than seven games in a single match. Keys could improve her second serve percentage moving forward, but for the most part, the American has been extremely sharp and in control of each performance. Keys has a chance to advance to her third ever grand slam semifinal appearance. Keys is 2-1 in her career in grand slam quarterfinal matches. Keys has won 10 of her last 13 matches on hard court.

Angelique Kerber is coming off a three sets win over Su Wei Hsieh that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 73 percent of her first serve points and 75 percent of her second serve points. Kerber had to earn everything in her fourth round victory, which included breaking three times and winning marathon rally after marathon rally. Kerber showed that she’s mentally strong and back to being in great form, but it’s fair to question how much she has left in the tank after such a draining match that frustrated her to no end. Either way, Kerber always has a shot with her serve being on point the way it has recently. Kerber has a chance to reach her sixth career grand slam semifinal appearance. Kerber is 5-2 in her career in grand slam quarterfinal matches. Kerber has won nine straight matches on hard court.

These two have played seven times and Kerber has won six of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 WTA Championships, a match Kerber won in straight sets. Keys only win over Kerber came in the 2014 Eastbourne International. Kerber has won the last seven sets against Keys. Kerber is also 5-0 against Keys on any form of hard court. 

Kerber has the head to head advantage, but these two haven’t played in two years, and Keys is a much more consistent player than she was back then. Keys is far less of the player who goes for broke time and time again, and she does a better job of controlling her unforced errors. I also question just how much Kerber has left after having to pull out all of the stops in her fourth round match, as it can be tough to rebound from such a performance. Kerber will be able to handle the power of Keys better than most, but like nearly all of her matches, the result is always on Keys’ racket. Keep the ball within the lines and Keys wins this contest. 

I like the American to advance to the semifinals.

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:26:06 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111448
<![CDATA[Elise Mertens vs. Elina Svitolina 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/22/elise-mertens-vs-elina-svitolina-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Elise Mertens and Elina Svitolina meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Elise Mertens is coming off a straight sets win over Petra Martic that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Mertens won 74 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Mertens was broken four times and really struggled with her second serve, but she managed to hit 34 winners and close the deal in both sets when the pressure was at its peak. Despite some up and down play, Mertens has yet to drop a set this tournament and confidence has to be growing…

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Elise Mertens and Elina Svitolina meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Elise Mertens is coming off a straight sets win over Petra Martic that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Mertens won 74 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Mertens was broken four times and really struggled with her second serve, but she managed to hit 34 winners and close the deal in both sets when the pressure was at its peak. Despite some up and down play, Mertens has yet to drop a set this tournament and confidence has to be growing for the 22-year-old, who is now 9-0 in the 2018 season. This is Mertens’ first ever grand slam quarterfinal appearance and just her fifth grand slam appearance overall. Mertens has won five of her last six quarterfinal appearances on the WTA tour, two of which were walkovers, however. Mertens has won nine straight matches on hard court.

Elina Svitolina is coming off a straight sets win over Denisa Allertova that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Svitolina won 79 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Svitolina has been in quite a zone recently, as she hasn’t lost since the WTA Championships and has dropped a combined seven games in her last two matches overall. Svitolina is serving at a high level, keeping her unforced errors down and is fresh off a match in which she won 56 percent of her return points. Svitolina appears to be ready for her breakthrough moment. Svitolina has a chance to make her first career grand slam semifinal appearance. Svitolina has lost both of her career grand slam quarterfinal matches. Svitolina has won nine straight matches on hard court.

These two have played once, which was in the 2017 İstanbul Cup, a match Svitolina won in straight sets. The match took 18 games to be decided. 

The moment has yet to be too big for Mertens, and she is a dangerous player considering she hasn’t dropped a set up to this point. However, this is around the time when Cinderella’s get sent home, especially when playing experienced and elite players. Svitolina has been simply dialed in her last several matches and is giving away nothing easy. Mertens has also been shaky with her second serve all tournament, something Svitolina will eat alive if that continues.

Svitolina reaches her first grand slam semifinal.

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:50:49 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111385
<![CDATA[Kyle Edmund vs. Grigor Dimitrov 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/22/kyle-edmund-vs-grigor-dimitrov-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Kyle Edmund and Grigor Dimitrov meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Kyle Edmund is coming off a four sets win over Andreas Seppi that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Edmund won 80 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Edmund has played 17 sets to get to this point and is kind of having his breakthrough moment at 22 years old. Edmund has been a talented player on the rise the past couple of seasons, but he’s struggled with consistency and has never really had success on a major level. However, Edmund…

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Kyle Edmund and Grigor Dimitrov meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Kyle Edmund is coming off a four sets win over Andreas Seppi that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Edmund won 80 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Edmund has played 17 sets to get to this point and is kind of having his breakthrough moment at 22 years old. Edmund has been a talented player on the rise the past couple of seasons, but he’s struggled with consistency and has never really had success on a major level. However, Edmund is hitting the ball with great pace, confidence and spraying a ton of winners across the court, making him a dangerous player the rest of the way and this season overall. This is Edmund’s first career grand slam quarterfinal appearance. Edmund has won three of his last four quarterfinal appearances on the ATP level. Edmund has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.

Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a four sets win over Nick Kyrgios that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Dimitrov won 81 percent of his first serve points and 40 percent of his second serve points. Dimitrov simply outshot Kyrgios all night long, producing 64 winners and just 27 unforced errors, and he was lights out with his first serve. Dimitrov looks fit, confident and is no longer questioning himself if he belongs on this stage. Right now, Dimitrov looks like he’s one of the best players in the world and seems ready to take that next step in his career at just 26 years old. Dimitrov hopes to make his third career grand slam semifinal appearance. Dimitrov has won two of his three career grand slam quarterfinal appearances. Dimitrov has won 10 of his last 11 matches on hard court.

These two have played twice and Dimitrov has won both meetings. The most recent match was in Brisbane of this year, a match that was decided in three sets. Both meetings between these two players went the distance.

This is going to be a fun match between two of the better younger players in the world. Edmund has the tools to give Dimitrov some problems, and the two previous matches have gone the distance, so the over is in play here. As for picking a winner, you can’t pick against Dimitrov. He’s been the more consistent player, has the experience in big matches and did just beat Edmund a couple of weeks ago.

Edmund’s time will come soon enough, but right now it’s Dimitrov’s time to reach the AO semifinal.

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:41:01 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111379
<![CDATA[Marin Cilic vs. Rafael Nadal 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/22/marin-cilic-vs-rafael-nadal-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Marin Cilic and Rafael Nadal meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Marin Cilic is coming off a four sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta that took 48 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 81 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Cilic was broken four times in his fourth round victory, but he hit 73 winners and came away with nearly every big point to prevail to his second ever Australian Open quarterfinal. Cilic is proving just how dangerous he can be with his shotmaking skills, but he has played a lot of tiebreaks…

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Marin Cilic and Rafael Nadal meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Marin Cilic is coming off a four sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta that took 48 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 81 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Cilic was broken four times in his fourth round victory, but he hit 73 winners and came away with nearly every big point to prevail to his second ever Australian Open quarterfinal. Cilic is proving just how dangerous he can be with his shotmaking skills, but he has played a lot of tiebreaks this tournament, so fatigue may be an issue if this match is stretched out for a period of time. Cilic hopes to make his fifth career grand slam semifinal appearance. Cilic has lost six of his 10 career grand slam quarterfinal appearances. Cilic has won six of his last seven matches on hard court.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a four sets win over Diego Sebastian Schwartzman that took 40 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 68 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Nadal truly had to work to advance to the quarterfinals, as he was broken three times and had to win many long rallies, and it’s going to be interesting to see how he rebounds from such a demanding match that was tight nearly every set. Nadal has served well for the most part in this tournament, and when you combine that effort with his relentless defense, he’s always a tough out. Nadal hasn’t lost in a grand slam quarterfinal since the 2015 French Open. Nadal has Nadal has also won 10 of his last 12 grand slam quarterfinal appearances. Nadal has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.

These two have played six times and Nadal has won five of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2017 Shanghai Masters, a match Nadal won in straight sets. Cilic’s only win over Nadal came in the 2009 Beijing Open, their first meeting. Nadal has won each of the last six sets played against Cilic. 

I really want to pick Cilic here in an upset, as Nadal spent a lot of energy in his fourth round match and could be worn down assuming this is going to be another three hour match, even though he’s a machine and used to grueling performances. However, Cilic hasn’t been consistent with his return this tournament, often winning far less than 40 percent of his points, and that’s key against somebody like Nadal. You have to pounce on Nadal when given the chance, and if Cilic couldn’t do it against lesser players, it’s hard seeing him do it here. Nadal has also won seven of the nine sets played against Cilic on outdoor hard court, so even though Marin has the power and shotmaking advantage, Nadal has a good read and finds a way to prevail.

I have to side with Nadal in this match.

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:19:58 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111364
<![CDATA[Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Caroline Wozniacki 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/22/carla-suarez-navarro-vs-caroline-wozniacki-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Carla Suarez Navarro and Caroline Wozniacki meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Carla Suarez Navarro is coming off a three sets win over Anett Kontaveit that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Navarro won 60 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Navarro has needed three sets in each of her last three matches to advance, but she’s been consistent with her serve and managed to survive 53 winners from her opponent in her last match. Navarro simply needs to keep girding and not let a sloppy game here or there…

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Carla Suarez Navarro and Caroline Wozniacki meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

Carla Suarez Navarro is coming off a three sets win over Anett Kontaveit that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Navarro won 60 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Navarro has needed three sets in each of her last three matches to advance, but she’s been consistent with her serve and managed to survive 53 winners from her opponent in her last match. Navarro simply needs to keep girding and not let a sloppy game here or there impact her performance overall. Navarro has a chance to reach her first ever grand slam semifinal. Navarro is 0-5 in her career in grand slam quarterfinal appearances. Navarro has split her last eight matches on hard court.

Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a straight sets win over Magdalena Rybarikova that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 77 percent of her first serve points and 42 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki has been lights out in her last two matches since a serious scare in the second round against Jana Fett, as she’s dropped just 10 games since that contest. Wozniacki is returning extremely well and forcing her opponent to make incredible shots in order to win the point. Wozniacki is simply in great form right now and has a real shot to win her first ever grand slam. Wozniacki can reach her seventh grand slam semifinal and second ever in the Australian Open. Wozniacki is 6-3 in her career in grand slam semifinal appearances. Wozniacki has won 10 of her last 11 matches on hard court. 

These two have played seven times and Wozniacki has won five of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2017 Madrid Masters, a match Navarro won in three sets. Wozniacki is 3-0 in her career against Navarro on hard court. 

Wozniacki has been a force on hard court since the WTA Championships and has to think she has a real shot to win her first ever grand slam with the draw opening up. It doesn’t get much better than this for her. Navarro is always a tough pro and puts up a fight, but Wozniacki’s defense and ability to cover ground is always the difference maker. Navarro doesn’t have the shotmaking skills to counter on hard court.

Wozniacki rolls to the semis.

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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:08:17 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111358
<![CDATA[Simona Halep vs Lauren Davis 2018 Australian Open Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/19/simona-halep-vs-lauren-davis-2018-australian-open-preview-and-predictions#comments Simona Halep will be in action in the Australian Open as she takes on Lauren Davis from the United States. The number 1 seed has been in great form and she will be hoping that this continues in this game.

Lauren Davis is one of the best players on clay but she is yet to prove herself of the hard courts of Australia. A win over the best player in the world might be good to boost her career on the main stage. This tournament has not been the easiest for the American as she has gone the distance for all of her games so it will be interesting to see…

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Simona Halep will be in action in the Australian Open as she takes on Lauren Davis from the United States. The number 1 seed has been in great form and she will be hoping that this continues in this game.

Lauren Davis is one of the best players on clay but she is yet to prove herself of the hard courts of Australia. A win over the best player in the world might be good to boost her career on the main stage. This tournament has not been the easiest for the American as she has gone the distance for all of her games so it will be interesting to see how she holds up for this game.

On the other side of the court, Simona Halep has been in incredible form. She has shown why she is the best in the world and I think she will want to continue her strong performances in this game. The best in the world is yet to lose a set in this tournament and that should continue as she takes on a much lower ranked player.

With all that in mind, I am going to make the prediction that number 1 seed Simona Halep will win this game. Unfortunately, when we look at the odds, we are not getting the right to price to bet on Simona Halep to win so that is a bet we should avoid. The best bet is the under 2.5 sets in my opinion. Halep is a much more dominant player and she should win this game in two sets.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:41:38 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110878
<![CDATA[Novak Djokovic vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/19/novak-djokovic-vs-albert-ramos-vinolas-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Novak Djokovic and Albert Ramos-Vinolas meet in the third round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a four sets win over Gael Monfils that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 73 percent of his first serve points and 36 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic got off to a shaky start by dropping the first set, but he was able to wear down Monfils over time in the brutal Australian heat. It’s still very early in his return, but Djokovic is showing signs of returning to form and is quickly silencing those critics who say he…

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Novak Djokovic and Albert Ramos-Vinolas meet in the third round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a four sets win over Gael Monfils that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 73 percent of his first serve points and 36 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic got off to a shaky start by dropping the first set, but he was able to wear down Monfils over time in the brutal Australian heat. It’s still very early in his return, but Djokovic is showing signs of returning to form and is quickly silencing those critics who say he isn’t as effective in brutal conditions. Djokovic has looked better than anybody could have expected considering he came into this tournament not playing since the Wimbledon. Djokovic has lost before the fourth round of a grand slam just twice since 2010. Djokovic has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas is coming off a straight sets win over Tim Smyczek that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Ramos-Vinolas won 92 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Ramos-Vinolas dropped just four first serve points and managed to hit 26 winners in a match that lasted a little over two hours. Ramos-Vinolas will have to duplicate such a performance for his to have any chance of pulling off the upset here. Ramos-Vinolas has five career wins over top-10 players, two of which came last year. Ramos-Vinolas hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the third time in his career. Ramos-Vinolas has split his last six matches on hard court.

These two have played four time and Djokovic has won all four meetings. The most recent match was in the 2017 French Open, a match that was decided in straight sets. Ramos-Vinolas has never won a set against Djokovic. 

The head to head numbers are telling, and Ramos-Vinolas has never really had major success on hard court, as he’s more of a clay surface guy. Djokovic could still take his game to another level and iron some things out, but he’s looked solid for a guy who entered the tournament with so many question marks. I have no concerns with him getting to the fourth round of the tournament. 

Djokovic wins this match in straight sets, like he has every time he’s faced Ramos-Vinolas.

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:00:34 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110806