Del Potro v Paire: Del Potro game handicap (-5.5) – 4/6
Del Potro has settled into the tournament nicely with two straight-set wins over difficult opposition. He now faces the mercurial Frenchman, Benoit Paire, who has been playing with a heavily strapped knee all week.
If DelPo can get his serve and forehand firing then Paire stands no chance in this one and taking the Argentine on the handicap is the bet here.
Nick Kyrgios v Kei Nishikori: Kyrgios game handicap (-3.5) – 4/6
Our outright hope Nick Kyrgios takes on Japanese star Kei Nishikori in what should be an entertaining match up. Nishikori has dropped sets now in his opening two matches against Harrison and another Aussie bad boy Bernie Tomic.
This will be a completely different matchup as Kyrgios has a cannon for a serve and can cause all sort of problems on return if he’s focused. We feel NK will see this as a great opportunity to go deep in a slam and will come out fighting, so taking him on the handicap of (-3.5) looks a smart bet.
Gavrilova v Sasnovich: Gavrilova to win – 4/5
Continuing with our Aussie theme, we fancy Gavrilova to get the better of Sasnovich. Sasnovich performed exceptionally well against outright favourite Kvitova and backed it up in Round 2 but we feel her inexperience will show here
Gavrilova won’t give up on any ball and that fighting mentality should be able to see her over the line.
Cibulkova v Mertens: Cibulkova to win- evens
The 15th seed takes on the unofficial 32nd seed here (Serena ousted Cibulkova from her seeding) for a place in the 4th round. Both players have come through their first two matches with minimal fuss but it is the diminutive Cibulkova who has impressed us most.
She dispatched Konta in the 2nd round and has made it to the QF’s here twice before. With this experience, we think Cibulkova is a good bet as slight underdog to the higher seeded player.