The quarter final line up in both singles draws at the Australian Open will be finalised on Monday when the remaining last 16 matches in the first Grand Slam of the season takes place throughout an intriguing looking day at Melbourne Park.
The other half of the draw went largely without surprise on Sunday and on Monday the likes of Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber will be hoping to book their spots in the last eight.
Day 7 Recap
It was a day without too much drama in Melbourne on Sunday with comfortable wins for Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Milos Raonic in the men’s draw while in the women’s draw both Petra Kvitova and Ash Barty came through but they had to go to deciding sets while Sofia Kenin ended the hopes of youngster Coco Gauff in a deciding set too. The one shock on the day saw Tennys Sandgren take care of Fabio Fognini.
It was a frustrating day for us betting wise on Sunday even though we made a tiny profit from the singles bets. The handicap for Alison Riske was in after the second set when she levelled up with a 6-1 set score but the game line between Diego Schwartzman and Novak Djokovic finished 0.5 below the line much to our annoyance.
Rod Laver Arena
It is the women who get us going on the Rod Laver Arena where there is a full day session and where there are half of the singles matches on show. The 2018 finalist Simona Halep meets Elise Mertens in what might be the pick of the games from the ladies draw. When they are done it is over to the men where Dominic Thiem and Gael Monfils will be in action before another cracking contest concludes the day session as Garbine Muguruza meets the underrated Kiki Bertens.
There is only one singles match in the night session but it looks like being an absolute cracker of a contest as Rafael Nadal bids for a place in the quarter final when he takes on Nick Kyrgios in a repeat of what was a fantastic battle between the two at Wimbledon last year and one which if it is half as good here should be a cracking contest. A doubles quarter final finishes off the action on the main court.
Margaret Court Arena
A pair of doubles matches get the action underway on the second court on Monday but when the singles comes along it is two good hitters of the ball who will take to the stage when the US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev meets the former Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka for a quarter final spot. Once they are done the attention turns to the women’s draw when Angelique Kerber will look to make it back into the last eight when she faces Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a match which offers a clash of styles.
The only other court with singles action on it on Monday is the Melbourne Arena but before that happens there is a doubles match to get things up and running. When that concludes Anett Kontaveit will look to take advantage of an opened up draw when she takes on Iga Swiatek for a place in the last eight. A couple of doubles matches round off the day session and then when the lights go on there is a men’s match which looks a good one as Alexander Zverev takes on Andrey Rublev.
There is one bet I like in the men’s draw on Monday and that comes in the night session match between Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal which everyone is looking forward to so much. I think over 37.5 games is the way to play this one as well. Kyrgios actually leads 2-1 on a hard court and 3-2 overall away from clay so there is no way Nadal is a certainty here no matter how well the Spaniard is playing, and actually had it not been for Kyrgios going over four hours in the previous round there would be a real case to be made for the Australian, for whom the penny seems to have dropped at long last.
I’m not ruling Kyrgios out but I’m on him outright which is enough interest in him to win the game but whoever comes out on top in the contest I just don’t see it being won in straight sets and given the chances of tiebreaks in this one – four of their seven sets last year went to one – then we are only going to need four sets for a 37.5 game line to be covered comfortably.
There are a couple of bets that interest me in the women’s draw on Monday, not least our 200/1 outright bet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova but her draw has opened right up now and I’m happy to let that ride for as long as she is still in the competition. The bet I’m going to take though comes on Rod Laver where Garbine Muguruza takes on Kiki Bertens in what should be a cracking contest.
Bertens actually leads their head to head record 3-2 but it is Muguruza who has won the last two. Three of the five have covered 21.5 games and I expect this one to as well. Muguruza was brilliant in dispatching of Elena Svitolina on Saturday but Bertens wasn’t exactly shabby in beating Zarina Diyas. I think this one is set to be a great match and I’m expecting three sets, or 22 games at the very least.
WON – Back R.Nadal vs N.Kyrgios – Over 37.5 games for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Boylesports
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Back G.Muguruza vs K.Bertens – Over 21.5 games for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Bet365