Kyrgios made it a winning start to the season in Brisbane coming back from a set down in his opening three matches before rolling Ryan Harrison in the final. the French duo of Monfils and Simon won in Doha and Pune respectively but all the big names will be absent this week leaving the door wide open in both Sydney and Auckland. Who will step up…
ATP Sydney Feature Previews
Alexei Popyrin v John Millman
After successfully coming through the qualifiers, Aussie teenager Alexei Popyrin will play his first ever match at ATP Tour level. He faces a tough proposition as fellow Aussie John Millman is in fine form. He won on the Challenger Tour in his final tournament last season and had match points against Dimitrov last week in Brisbane. This is a big step up for Popyrin and Millman will see this as a tournament that he can go very deep in. Millman to win in straight sets.
Best Bet: Millman -4.5 (1.73)
Daniil Medvedev v Philipp Kohlschreiber
There has been a hint of an upset in the air but The Wolf knows better than to fall in a trap. Despite making the semi’s of the Next Gen Finals and coming through the qualifiers here, The Wolf is not ready to put his hard earned on Medvedev. At one point last season he had lost 8 straight matches and has since lost in the opening round of multiple Challenger level events. Kohlschreiber is far too experienced and is a very smart veteran. He can make adjustments to his game on the run and as he did early last year in Dubai, he will beat Medvedev.
Best Bet: Kohlschreiber WIN ($1.67)
|Bolt v Berankis||Berankis WIN ($1.73)|
|Popyrin v Millman||Millman -4.5 (1.73)|
|Medvedev v Kohlschreiber||Kohlschreiber WIN ($1.67)|
|Donskoy v Mannarino||Sets Mannarino 2-1 ($3.80)|
ATP Auckland Feature Previews
Yuichi Sugita v Karen Khachanov
Both men make their way to Sydney via the Hopman Cup and last week it was Khachanov who won their clash with surprising ease. The 21 year old has a very big game and some serious power off both wings. Anything short will get easily dispatched and Sugita doesn’t have the most penetrating ball flight. His groundstokes sat up right in the Khachanov sweetspot last week and on a similar surface The Wolf is expecting a similar outcome.
Best Bet: Sets Khachanov 2-0 ($2.30)
Denis Shapovalov v Rogerio Dutra Silva
In a clash of the new versus the old The Wolf is getting right behind the teenager. Shapovalov lost in a nail biter to Edmund last week in Brisbane arrived in Sydney early to hit the courts. His aggressive style and all court brand of tennis will keep him in good stead for the future and Dutra-Silva knows all about it. The Canadian beat him in his opening match in Montreal – the tournament where he made global headlines on the back of a semi final run that included a win over world number 1 Rafael Nadal. Dutra Silva has been battling away on the Challenger circuit for well over a decade and has never been able to crack the main tour. A clay courter by nature The Wolf is expecting Shapovalov to make light work of this one.
Best Bet: Shapovalov -3.5 ($2.00)
|Young v Sousa||Sousa WIN ($1.80)|
|Ferrer v Wu||Over 21.5 games ($1.85)|
|Sugita v Khachanov||Sets Khachanov 2-0 ($2.30)|
|Venus v Bautista-Agut||Under 18.5 games ($1.85)|
|Shapovalov v Dutra Silva||Shapovalov -3.5 ($2.00)|