Alex De Minaur v Milos Raonic: A De Minaur first set winner – 9/4
The diminutive Aussie has been playing some cracking tennis of late, winning the Australian Open wildcard play-off and taking down Steve Johnson, who is no mug, in round 1 in Brisbane.
We fancy him to continue his strong start to the year here against an injury plagued Raonic, who hasn’t completed a singles match since early October.
Those woes for the Canadian are why we’re taking a chance of De Minaur catching Raonic cold early on and it looks the sweet bet at 9/4.
Mischa Zverev v Michael Mmoh: M Zverev to win – 8/15
The odds are more surprising than an Andy Murray smile on this match, with eighth seed Zverev available at 8/15 to beat young gun Mmoh – who is ranked at 175 in the world.
Mmoh has come through qualifying without dropping a set and we reckon there’s been a bit of an overreaction to this. He predominantly plays on the Challenger Tour and hasn’t exactly set the world alight yet on the big stage.
Zverev is a solid pro and his serve/volley game seems to suit the Aussie summer. He shocked Murray in the Australian Open last year and we’re backing him to start the season off well in Brisbane.
Ana Konjuh v Elina Svitolina: A Konjuh (+4.5) – Evens
We’re a big fan of both these players and this matchup has all the ingredients to be a fascinating contest.
Svitolina had a wonderful 2017, winning five titles, and looks to have carried that form into this year where she began with a comfortable win over Suarez Navarro (6-2, 6-4) on Monday. Yet, we believe the value lies with A Konjuh (+4.5) games at Evens.
These two are 1-1 when it comes to the head-to-head record and with Konjuh looking in good nick having defeated K Bertens 6-1, 6-2 late time out we fancy her to give Svitolina a stern test. The young Croatian has great potential and we can see 2018 being a breakthrough year for her.