Does it get any better than this… Federer and Nadal meeting in the 4th round of a Masters Series. The world paused for 5 hours of history when they met in the Australian Open final and if this one is only half as good, we are in for a treat. Aussie Nick Kyrgios was impressive in his win over Alexander Zverev and will now look to beat Novak Djokovic for the second time in as many weeks. Thiem, Goffin, Monfils and Nishikori also in action.
Stan Wawrinka v Nishioka
Nishioka has made full use of being a lucky loser in qualifying and turned it into his first ever appearance in the 4th round of a Masters Series event. Ironically, he beat the man he lost to in qualifying in the 1st round of the main draw before getting past two very big hitters in Karlovic and Berdych. The 21 year old now faces arguably the heaviest hitter on the men’s tour. He could however be a tricky opponent for Stan. As a lefty he will look to loop balls into the Wawrinka backhand before going up the line with the forehand. He does lack genuine power but if he can make enough balls back we should see him turn this into a real contest.
Best Bet: Over 20.5 games ($1.80)
Gael Monfils v Dominic Thiem
There are few players better to watch than Monfils when he is at the peak of his powers. That was definitely the case against Isner where he managed to break one of the biggest serves in tennis at will. His clash against Thiem will play out very differently. Thiem can cover the court as well, if not better than Gael and has the ability to hit clean winners from all areas of the court. Thiem has won both of their previous encounters and was able to attack the Monfils second serve on both occasions. With scorching hot conditions forecast The Wolf says to get behind Thiem.
Best Bet: Thiem WIN ($1.91)
Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer
Their clash at the Australian Open was won for the ages and they meet for a 36th time! Nadal leads the H2H 23-12 but it is Federer who has claimed victory in the last two meetings. There has been nothing between them in the last 5 meetings with the result in four of them being determined by a deciding set. They have met twice here in the past for a win a piece and despite their ages are set to climb their way top to the top of the rankings. Federer’s cross court backhand held the key to success down under and we saw him again using it in yesterday’s win over Steve Johnson. The Wolf can see this one going right down to the wire!
Best Bet: Over 22.5 games ($1.85)
Nick Kyrgios v Novak Djokovic
The Wolf is not ready to become a believer of Nick Kyrgios but is sticking by his comments that Novak Djokovic is on the slide and will have his worst season since claiming the number 1 ranking. The Aussie won a nail biter between the pair in Acapulco last week. He faced just a single break point on serve thanks to making 77% of his 1st serves. Power hitters have troubled Novak in the past by preventing him to find any sort of rhythm and Kyrgios has the game of a player that can take it to him. Del Potro took plenty out of Novak in the 3rd round and if Nick can serve well he is a great chance of causing another upset.
Best Bet: Kyrgios WIN ($3.30)
|Lajovic v Carreno-Busta||Lajovic +3.5 ($1.80)|
|Goffin v Cuevas||Sets Goffin 2-0 ($1.91)|
|Wawrinka v Nishioka||Over 20.5 games ($1.80)|
|Monfils v Thiem||Thiem WIN ($1.91)|
|Jaziri v Sock||Jaziri +4.5 ($1.85)|
|Young v Nishikori||Nishikori -5.5 ($2.05)|
|Nadal v Federer||Over 22.5 games ($1.85)|
|Kyrgios v Djokovic||Kyrgios WIN ($3.30)|