Zheng to win over 10.5 games vs Stosur @ $1.83 (Sportsbet)
Janowicz -5.5 games @ $1.95 (Betfair Fixed and Pinnacle)
Ivanovic 2-0 vs Chan @ $1.62 (Sportsbet)
Wawrinka -6.5 games @ $1.85 (Betfair Fixed and Pinnacle)
Tipsaravic -6.5 games @ $2 (Sportsbet)
Flipkens H2H @ $2.18 (Sportsbet)
Betfair Multi – Women
Goerges -4 games
Pays $6.41 and is eligible for Betfair 50% bonus
Betfair Multi – Men
Malisse/Verdasco over 40.5 games
Pays $7.05 and is eligible for Betfair 50% bonus
Stanislas Wawrinka vs Tobias Kamke
Playtime: 2nd on Court 2
Review of Round 1 Matches
|Player (Opponent)||Tobias Kamke (vs Flavio Cipolla)||Stan Wawrinka (vs C.M. Stebe)|
|1st Serves in||46/84 (55%)||52/82 (63%)|
|1st Serves pts won||31/46 (67%)||39/52 (75%)|
|2nd Serve pts won||22/38 (58%)||21/30 (70%)|
|Break pts saved||4/6 (67%)||2/2 (100%)|
|Break points won||8/13 (62%)||4/9 (44%)|
Summary: Here we have another case of an inconsistent mid-range player being given a respectable handicap based on their first round performance.
At Grand Slam level, Kamke has faced top 30 players 8 times. Of those 8, he has only taken a set off two (Dolgopolov and Seppi). Of those 8, he has only covered the 6.5 handicap on offer once in 8 attempts.
Refining that down to hardcourt prior to this tournament, Kamke has a career 1-5 record. Last year, he beat Hanescu at almost a similar scoreline to his win over Cipolla. He then came out the next match and although he took Dolgopolov to 8-6 in the 5th, he lost the other two sets 1-6 1-6. In those 5 career losses, he has only covered the 6.5 handicap once, vs Kohlschreiber. A common trend is the number of 1-6 and 2-6 set losses that occur (9 out of the 21 sets in losses). All it will take is one of those here and the handicap should be covered comfortably by Wawrinka.
I have really liked how Wawrinka has been striking the ball to start the year. He seems like he is in a really good headspace, which is crucial to him playing well. He is too good here.
Suggested Bet: Wawrinka -6.5 games at $1.84 at Pinnacle (no lines available at Aust. Books at time of writing)
H2H: No previous meetings
Somdev Devvarman vs Jerzy Janowicz
Playtime: 1st on Court 8
Review of Round 1 Matches
|Player (Opponent)||Somdev Devvarman (vs Phau)||Jerzy Janowicz (vs Bolelli)|
|1st Serves in||61/95 (64%)||59/99 (60%)|
|1st Serves pts won||40/61 (66%)||48/59 (81%)|
|2nd Serve pts won||20/34 (59%)||17/40 (43%)|
|Break pts saved||13/14 (93%)||3/5 (60%)|
|Break points won||6/9 (67%)||6/9 (67%)|
Summary: Having had a look over the statistics, you would have to think that the bookies have read too much into Devvarman’s victory over Bjorn Phau. Phau had one of the worst form lines leading up to the Australian Open.
Taking a look at Devvarman’s form strictly at ATP level last year, it doesn’t make great reading:
His three victories came against players ranked 106, 337 and 137. Two of those came in three tight sets. Of the losses, they aren’t pretty:
· 3-6 1-6 vs Berdych (rank 6)
· 2-6 0-6 vs Kudla (rank 164)
· 6-7 3-6 vs Gulbis (rank 579)
· 3-6 2-6 6-3 4-6 vs Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (lost 2-6 1-6 6-4 1-6 today)
· 2-6 0-6 vs Ben Becker (rank 90)
· 3-6 1-6 vs Jarkko Nieminen
In those 6 losses alone, he gave his opponents 70 break point opportunities. 70! He continually puts himself under pressure on his serve, and this is shown again Monday by giving Phau a look-in 14 times on serve. He did save 13, but a player of Janowicz’s skill level will make the most of those, there is no doubt about it.
If Janowicz serves a high percentage of first serves, this game will be one of the most comfortable of the day. Too many weapons here for Janowicz. With minimal wind forecast for the morning, Janowicz should have no issues with his serve either, like he did in Auckland.
NOTE: Excluding round 1, Devvarman has not covered the 5.5 handicap at a Grand Slam since the US Open in 2009.
Suggested Bet: Jerzy Janowicz -5.5 at $1.87 at Pinnacle (No handicap out at any Australian sites at time of writing)
H2H: Devvarman leads 1-0 (Qualifying US Open 2009)
Janko Tipsaravic vs Lukas Lacko
Playtime: 4th on Court 2
Review of Round 1 matches
|Player (Opponent)||Janko Tipsaravic (vs Hewitt)||Lukas Lacko (vs Muller)|
|1st Serves in||64/107 (60%)||59/96 (61%)|
|1st Serves pts won||50/64 (78%)||51/59 (86%)|
|2nd Serve pts won||21/43 (49%)||20/37 (54%)|
|Break pts saved||2/5 (40%)||6/7 (86%)|
|Break points won||5/13 (38%)||4/6 (67%)|
Tipsaravic was absolutely clinical on Monday night against Lleyton Hewitt, defeating him in straight sets and playing some terrific tennis. I had my doubts regarding his fitness coming into the Australian Open. With those questions comprehensively erased, all I see now is one of the in-form players on the tour ready to go here against Lacko.
Lacko had an easy win over Muller. To be honest, almost every other main draw player would have had an easy win over Muller the way he has been playing lately (1 win since October).
Again, let’s break down the performances of Lacko vs top 20 players in 2012:
In those 8 losses, he didn’t win a set. In fact, across all 8 matches he averaged 2.52 games per set.
Looking at it from a different perspective, let’s break down the performances of Lacko at Grand Slam level vs top 20 players:
In those 8 losses, he only won one set (a tiebreak vs Youzhny in 2010 at Roland Garros). In those 7 matches, he would have covered a +6.5 line 0 times, a +7.5 line once and a +9.5 line twice. Long story short when he falls, he falls hard. In those 7 matches, he gave his opponents a look at a combined 85 break point opportunities. At Grand Slam level vs top 20 players, it appears that nerves certainly get the better of Lacko. I can’t see much changing here.
If Tipsaravic plays the way he did on Friday night, he wins this well. Some may want to play 3-0 instead of the handicap, however this -6.5 gives us a look in if Tipsaravic drops a tiebreak or a close set.
Suggested Bet: Tipsaravic -6.5 games @ $2 (Sportsbet)
H2H: Tipsaravic leads 1-0 (meeting in 2008)
J Zheng v S Stosur
Playtime: 3rd on Rod Laver Arena
Stosur kicked off her Australian Open campaign with a less than convincing win over Kai Chen Chang on Monday, winning 7-6 (7-3) 6-3. In post match interviews, Stosur sounded relieved to make it through the first round however she still has a long way to go fend off those home soil demons. Jie Zheng is a very tough next round opponent and Stosur will need to be on her toes for this match after being beaten by Zheng in 3 sets only a week ago.
Stosur and Zheng have met 5 times (all on hard courts) and of these 5 meetings, 4 matches have gone to 3 sets. Zheng showed in Sydney that she can match it with Stosur while Stosur still has plenty to do to convince everyone she is back in form.
Stosur has a lot of work to do to win this match and if she does, it won’t be without a fight from Zheng.
Suggested Bet: Zheng to win over 10.5 games @ $1.83 (Sportsbet)
H2H: Stosur 3-2 (all meetings on hard court)
Most recent result: Zheng 6-3 6-7 6-4 (7th January 2013 @ Sydney)
A Ivanovic v Y.J Chan
Playtime: 4th on Margaret Court Arena
Chan, ranked 118th in the world, comes off a 6-1 1-6 6-1 win over the world number 44 Daniela Hantuchova. This is only the second time Chan has reached and second round of the Australian Open and she is in for a tough match vs world number 13 Ana Ivanovic.
Ivanovic comes off an impressive 6-2 6-1 win over Czink in her first round match where the match only lasted close to an hour. Ivanovic looks to be in top form and will outclass Chan here. While I think Chan could win a few games (tip: avoid the total games under/over market) Ivanovic has the ability to close this match out in 2.
Suggested Bet: Ivanovic 2-0 vs Chan @ $1.62
Flipkens v Zakopalova
Playtime: 1st on Court 6
The only time Flipkens and Zakopalova met was way back in June 2011 (with Flipkens winning 6-3 6-2). Flipkens has grown immensely as a player since then, especially over the last 12 months. Flipkens 12 month record stands at 63-19 (77%) – some of those wins include wins against some quality players (Lisicki, Ivanovic, Barthel). Zakopalova’s 12 month record stands at 34-24 (59%). Flipkens also holds an edge over Zakopalova in terms of a hard court record over the last 12 months with Flipkens at 12-4 (75%) and Zakopalova 12-12 (50%).
Flipkens has everything in her favour here and I expect her to play a great match. When Flipkens is paying over $2 against an opponent who has not been as consistent as herself, I see this as a big value play.
Suggested Bet: Flipkens H2H @ $2.18 (Sportsbet)
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