Both players to Win a Set – Wednesday 1am
Lloyd Harris (RSA #186) does battle with Marton Fucsovics (HUN #78) in this Australian Open 1st round. They have faced each other previously on 5 occasions, with Fucsovis winning 3 and Harris winning 2. The record on hard ground is 2 each. Harris, who is ranked over 100 places below Fucsovisc, is the favourite here but we expect a close match with both players winning at least 1 set.
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Both players to Win a Set – Wednesday 1am
British number 1 and the ATP #12 Cameron Norrie will face France ATP #55 Constant Lestienne. The men have faced each other 2 times previously with either player winning once. Norrie is the huge favourite here but Lestienne has beaten Norrie before and took 1 set off him in the previous match. We do think that Norrie will qualify here, but Lestienne will be looking to put up a fight and we expect him to do so.
Denis Shapovalov -6.5 Game Handicap – Wednesday 1am
World number 22 Denis Shapovalov opened the tournament with a relatively comfortable victory over 86 ranked Lajovic and should have a similar contest here against the 94th ranked Taro Daniel of Japan. These two have met twice before with Shapovalov winning 2-0 and 3-0, most recently just last year. He had a decent warm up at Adelaine, beaten by the eventual winner and world number 1 Novak Djokovic in a close game. Difficult to see him not progressing here with a good enough margin to beat the spread.
Marta Kostyuk to Win 2-0 – Wednesday 1am
Marta Kostyuk provided a small shock in round 1 when beating well fancied American Anisimova in straight sets and pretty convincingly. She now faces, on paper at least, a much easier opponent to progress to round 3 in world number 199 Olivia Gadecki of Australia. She also progressed in straight sets but this is a big step up in class and I think it will be too much. Marta to progress in straight sets 2-0 and to have a decent run at this major.
Jessica Pegula to win 2-0 – Wednesday 2:30am
Jessica Pegula, world number 3 looked in good form in round 1 when she progressed with a straight set victory only losing 1 game (6-0 & 6-1). This match will undoubtedly be tougher but she’s in fine form at the moment, she has won her last 5 hard surface matches 2-0 and has a 2-0 victory over Sasnovich previously. Sasnovich had not won in 5 coming into this tournament but progressed 2-0 in round 1 against world number 136, this is a massive difference in class and Pegula is one of the big favourites for the whole tournament.
Stefanos Tsitsipas to Win 3-0 – Wednesday 10:30am
Stefanos Tsitsipas put in a routine performance in round 1 dispatching of world number 61 Halys from France 3-0 and now faces home underdog in world number 169 Rinky Hijikata. Hijikata had a tough round one game eventually winning 3-2 and that may tell here fitness wise. Stefanos Tsitsipas world number 4 had a straight forward enough victory and has won his last 8 straight coming into this, he will really fancy going deep in this tournament and should progress here comfortably.
TipMan’s Acca For Day 2 at the Australian Open
1am – Taro Daniel vs Denis Shapovalov – Denis Shapovalov -6.5 Game Handicap
1am – Olivia Gadecki vs Marta Kostyuk – Marta Kostyuk to Win 2-0
2:30am – Jessica Pegula vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich – Jessica Pegula to Win 2-0
10:30am – Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rinky Hijikata – Stefanos Tsitsipas to Win 3-0
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