Australian Open Day 8: Preview and Tips

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Aus Open 2018: Day 8

We’re into the second week and as the stakes rise, so will the level of tennis. Federer has been allocated a day session match for the first time of the tournament with Djokovic and young gun Hyeon Chung facing off in the prime time slot. Can the Djokovic comeback continue or will a new star be born…

Day 8 – Men’s 4th Round Feature Match Previews

Fabio Fognini v Tomas Berdych
If Berdych can replicate the tennis he played against Del Potro he is a genuine chance of going all the way. He served superbly, thundering down 20 aces, but The Wolf says it was his backhand up the line which was the difference maker. Del Potro likes to sit in his backhand corner – hitting either slice backhands or inside-out forehands but Berdych prevented him from doing so by attacking with his backhand down the line. It is a tactic that he should also employ against Fognini who is notorious for camping on the ad side of the court. The pair have met on 4 occasions with two wins each but Berdych came out victorious in their one and only meeting on a hard court. The way Berdych is hitting the ball – Fognini stands very little chance whatsoever. 
Best Bet: Berdych -4.5 ($1.73)
Value Bet: Sets Berdych 3-0 ($2.60)

Marton Fucsovics v Roger Federer
This will be Federer’s first day game of the tournament but it will make little difference with almost perfect conditions forecast. Winds will creep up to 30km/h but that will not phase Roger who can adapt to any conditions. Fucsovics will be pinching himself prior to walking out on Rod Laver Arena. He has been plying his trade on the Challenger Tour and now finds himself playing for a spot in the quarter finals of the Australian Open. The occasion will most definitely get to him and as we have seen in the past – inexperienced players look completely lost when they face Federer for the first time. The reason why is because he has every shot in the book and he uses them. His variety of spins, slices and style of play prevent his opponents from finding any rhythm. The Wolf will be shocked if Fucsovics is able to win a set and says Federer will look to put the pedal down nice and early.
Best Bet: Under 28.5 games ($1.80)
Value Bet: 1st Set Score After 2 Games Federer 2-0 ($2.75)

Dominic Thiem v Tennys Sandgren
The Wolf has been more than happy to fade Dominic Thiem throughout the tournament but he has been wearing down some average opponents and gets another one here. Credit to Sandgren for his performances to date but he does not have the quality to match it with the Austrian. He has a habit of defending well behind the baseline and Thiem will take full advantage. Look for hit to drop far too many balls on and around the service box line with Thiem to hit winner after winner from his forehand wing. Sandgren will have to make 75% of 1st serves in order to compete and that will not be happening.
Best Bet: Thiem -7.5 ($2.00)
Value Bet: 2nd Set Scorecast Thiem 6-4 ($4.50)

Novak Djokovic v Hyeon Chung
We were all over Chung in his win over Zverev. He defended like the man he will be facing this evening before turning defence into attack with his forehand. It is that forehand which will determine the outcome of this match. Djokovic is arguably the best defender in the history of tennis and few men have the ability to hit through him. Chung will have to attack the Djokovic serve – especially the second ball. Ramos-Vinolas failed to do so and it allowed the former world number 1 to simply roll his 2nd serve in. Chung cannot afford to do the same and should look to run around and hit heavy forehands at every opportunity. The Korean has been in fantastic form dating back to the end of 2017. He won the Next Gen Finals and has registered impressive wins over a host of in form players. They met here two years ago with Djokovic making like work of a then 19 year old Chung. We will not be seeing a repeat and The Wolf says the night conditions will suit the Chung game. We could be going the distance. 
Best Bet: Over 35.5 games ($1.85)
Value Bet: Chung WIN ($4.00)

Day 8 – All Men’s Tips

Day 8 – Women’s 4th Round Feature Match Previews

Madison Keys v Caroline Garcia
Keys should be much shorter in the market according to The Wolf. She has crushed her three opponents to date and has spent half the amount of time on court as her upcoming opponent. Keys has a significant edge in raw power and we saw her win almost 75% of total points on her serve. Garcia will put up a fight but once Keys gets the upper hand she will overpower Garcia and take her place in the quarter finals.
Best Bet: Keys WIN ($1.57)

Su-Wei Hsieh v Angelique Kerber
Kerber’s performance against Sharapova was her best of the tournament and will have caught the attention of the remaining women in the draw. She dropped just 4 games in a incredible defensive display with just 7 unforced errors. We haven’t seen anyone hit through her and this is a court that she has complete confidence in having won multiple title’s here. Hsieh has been posted wins over the likes of Muguruza and Radwanska but The wolf cannot see her maintaining that level for long enough against Kerber. As has been the case all tournament long, the German will frustrate her opponent in to error.
Best Bet: Under 18.5 games ($1.80)

Simona Halep v Naomi Osaka
The Wolf is fading Halep and is suggesting that we do the same! She needed almost 4 hours to get past Davis and looked incredibly vulnerable in a tense 3rd set. If Osaka is given the same opportunities as the American she will capitalise. Osaka has been on the front foot from the opening point of the tournament. She has taken the racquet out of her opponents hands by playing a relentless brand of aggressive tennis. There is only so much chasing that Halep will be able to do before she feels the physical effects of her previous match.
Best Bet: Osaka +3.5 ($1.91)

Barbora Strycova v Karolina Pliskova
When Serena Williams is absent it is Karolina Pliskova who possesses the best serve on the WTA Tour. Neither of her last two opponents have been able to generate a single break of serve and it should come as no surprise when we look at the numbers. Pliskova has made over 70% of 1st serves across those two matches, winning over 80% of those points. Strycova had no answer for the Pliskova serve when they met last year in Miami and The Wolf is predicting a similar outcome.
Best Bet: Sets Pliskova 2-0 ($1.83)

Day 8 – All Women’s Tips

Match Tips
Keys v Garcia Keys WIN ($1.57)
Su-Wei Hsieh v Kerber Under 18.5 games ($1.80)
Halep v Osaka Osaka +3.5 ($1.91)
Strycova v Pliskova Sets Pliskova 2-0 ($1.83)

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