All-American Clash Monday Among Top Tennis Betting Picks

Joao Mourato

Monday, January 8, 2018 6:42 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 6:42 PM UTC

The ATP World Tour in Sydney and Auckland offers some valuable tennis betting lines this week, including two matches Monday night.

ATP Auckland: All-American Clash

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Free Tennis Pick: Steve Johnson ML (-164)Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

Steve Johnson continues to pursue his first win on the ATP World Tour since October in Shanghai. Despite his undeniable quality, the past few months haven’t been easy for Johnson after the sudden death of his father. On the other hand, Ryan Harrison couldn’t have asked for more on his 2018 debut. Against all expectations, the 25-year-old reached his third career final at the Brisbane International.

These two players know each other very well entering Monday night's match. Not only are they good friends outside the court, but this is also the third official meeting between them with Johnson leading 2-0. Despite Harrison's brilliant campaign in Brisbane, it won’t be easy for the world No. 44 to overcome such a dangerous player as Johnson. Adding to this, Johnson holds great memories from Auckland after reaching the ASB Classic semifinals in 2017. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Johnson to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this encounter.

ATP Sydney: Defending Champion

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Free Tennis Pick: Gilles Muller ML (+121)Best Line Offered: BetOnline

Playing in Sydney brings great memories to Gilles Muller. Besides winning the title in 2017, the 34-year-old holds an incredible 78.57 career winning percentage at the Sydney International. The fast court conditions at the NSW Tennis Centre are perfect for Muller, who is known as one of the sport's best and most powerful servers.

Despite his defeat against Chung Hyeon in the first round of the Brisbane International, Muller ended the match with an incredible average of 1.73 aces per service game. After a first-round bye in Sydney as one of the top four seeds, Gilles will being his campaign in this event on Tuesday against John Millman. Despite Millman’s exceptional results in recent months, it’s impossible to ignore the tremendous value on Muller’s tennis betting odds. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add the defending champion to your betting list for this week’s action on the ATP World Tour.

ATP Auckland: Player to Watch

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Free Tennis Pick: Guido Pella ML (-123)Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

After four consecutive appearances in Sydney, Pablo Cuevas is set to start the year at the ASB Classic in Auckland for the first time since 2011. Known as one of the greatest clay-court players in the game, the Uruguayan won only 33 percent of his career matches in Australia and New Zealand.

Looking now at his draw on this event, the No. 6 seed won’t have an easy task against Guido Pella on Monday night. Pella, 27, is going through one of the best moments in his career with an incredible 68.50 percent ROI on Hard Court over the last 12 months. Moreover, the Argentinean arrives in Auckland after reaching the Qatar ExxonMobil Open semifinals in Doha.

Despite the balance in head-to-head matches at 2-2, Pella emerged victorious from their most recent encounter at the 2016 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. For that reason, our advice is for you to place a bet on Pella to extend his good results in 2018.

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