Reilly Opelka finally looks to be ready to take the next step forward in his career, which many thought he’d do a little quicker following his Junior Title at Wimbledon in 2015.
He won two challengers at the end of 2018 and took out his big serving countryman John Isner in round 1 here in probably the biggest win of his career.
Fabbiano, on the other hand is an Italian journeyman who turns 30 this year but we think Opelka may struggle to big up such a big first round win and will chance the limited Italian at 2/1.
There were some question marks about last year’s finalist Marin Cilic as he hadn’t been seen since the Davis Cup victory back in November but he dismissed those questions in a routine win over the erratic Bernard Tomic in straight sets today.
McKenzie McDonald has been making some strides in recent times and has added Rublev this week to his list of scalps that includes Milos Raonic back in October.
But we think CIlic will show his class and get the business done in 3 sets again in round 2.
Sasnovich has made a very solid start to the year with a semi-final in Sydney following up her quarter final appearance in Brisbane where she took out the champion Elina Svitolina.
Kontaveit also made the quarter-final in Brisbane with an impressive victory over Petra Kvitova and we fancy the young Estonian, who has been making great progress in the rankings, now at a career high of 20, to edge a tight match between two dangerous players, with the winner someone who could cause some of the more established players problems later in the draw.