ATP Australian Open - Best Plays For Day 1

Thiago Monteiro

Joao Mourato

Sunday, January 15, 2017 6:42 PM GMT

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 6:42 PM GMT

Join us on our daily coverage of the ATP Australian Open. Find out our top tennis picks for the Day 1 and why you should place these two valuable tennis picks.

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It hasn’t been an easy start of season for Bernard Tomic. After losing on the ATP Brisbane first round against David Ferrer, Tomic lost two unofficial matches in Kooyong against David Goffin and Gilles Simon. Despite these results, Bernard is always a fearful opponent on the Australian Open with three prior appearances in the 4th round. Looking closely to Bernard’s numbers on this event, the Australian holds a remarkable 13 – 0 record when priced as favorite.

Thomaz Bellucci is also looking for his first triumph in 2017 after losing his previous match in Sydney against Nicolas Mahut. Even though Bellucci can play at a very high level with an extremely dangerous left-handed forehand, the Brazilian is famous for his inconsistency and lack of mental strength. Adding to these, Thomaz has also struggled with several physical problems in recent years. Bellucci already won 8 matches in Melbourne throughout his career; however, he’s still looking for his first triumph on this event as underdog.

This will be the 4th career meeting between these two players with Bellucci leading on the h2h by 2 – 1.

While the h2h can be very useful in some analysis, this is not one of those situations. Tomic is a completely different player on Australian soil where he always produces his best tennis. As we mentioned before, Bernard holds a terrific record on this event and he has a great draw to make another good run in Melbourne. On the other hand, it won’t be easy for Bellucci to play against such a dangerous player with the whole stadium against him. With this in mind, the value is clearly on Tomic’s betting odds and our advice is for you to place a bet on his spread.

Free Tennis Picks: Bernard Tomic -4 (-108)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12) vs. Thiago Monteiro

Playing in Melbourne is always special for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The French featured an astonishing run back in 2008, losing only in the final against Novak Djokovic. Known for his powerful serve and strong forehand, Tsonga is always a tough opponent to break. However, his backhand is far from reliable with the French using very often the slice to keep in the rallies. Jo-Wilfried considers himself a slow starter, which makes it unlikely to see him producing an overwhelming performance on the opening round.

At the age of 22, Thiago Monteiro makes his debut in a Grand Slam main draw. Even though clay is clearly Thiago’s favorite surface, the Brazilian is also a solid player on Hard Court. Monteiro reaches this event after a good campaign in Sydney, losing only in three sets against Daniel Evans after defeating Thomas Fabbiano and Santiago Giraldo in the qualifying stage. Known for having a terrific attitude on court, Thiago doesn’t give anything for free to his opponents, regardless of the scoreboard.

Playing against left-handed players is never easy for Tsonga. In fact, Monteiro even leads on the h2h by 1 – 0 with an astonishing victory over the French last year in Rio de Janeiro. Even though this match takes place on a different surface, things won’t be as easy as the odds suggest. This is not a positive match-up for Jo-Wilfried since Thiago will explore Tsonga’s backhand with his aggressive cross court forehand. Therefore, our recommendation is for you to add Monteiro’s spread to your betting picks as the best play for this match.

Free Tennis Pick: Thiago Monteiro +9.5 (-125)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle 

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