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Round 1 of the 2021 Australian Open is in the best online sportsbooks. Many players struggled with the Australian heat & humidity, especially those who were locked in “hard” quarantine. Day 3 signifies the start of Round 2, and some blockbuster ties include Novak Djokovic who takes on 2019 quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe, while Ajla Tomljanovic taking on Simona Halep could be a cracking contest. Our chosen matchups will guide you through it and provide some free tennis picks. Let’s begin!
Nick Kyrgios vs. Ugo Humbert
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – 03:00 AM EST at Melbourne Arena
Even if we haven't seen much of Nick Kyrgios on a tennis court for about a year, we've certainly heard from him on social media. The enigmatic Aussie is infamous for his antics both on & off the court and has been calling out top players left and right for their responses to the pandemic. Usually not the fittest of players, Nick was nursing a knee complaint coming into the tournament. That didn't prevent him from winning comfortably in straight sets against Frederico Ferreira Silva though.
Hammering down 14 aces, winning 84% of first serve points, and hitting 40 winners to 28 aces is a solid start for the 25-year old, who will be looking to do better than his career-best 2015 quarterfinal appearance here. With a serve that's top 5 on the tour, and keeping his fiery temper cool on the court, that is certainly possible.
On the other side of the court is a meteoric riser on tour, Ugo Humbert. The quiet, calm Frenchman plays the piano and may look delicate to some, but his game is ferocious. His big lefty serve, powerful groundstrokes and defensive capabilities have already made him a top 30-player, the quick conditions here certainly helping his game shine. With Humbert´s first career title coming last year in similar conditions over in Auckland, the 22-year old will be one to watch at this tournament.
In the first-round matchup with Uchiyama Yasutaka, Ugo was errant at times, but served excellently to win 80% of first serve points to lead the way to a 4-set victory.
This should be an absolute cracker of a contest between two big-serving, entertaining players going head-to-head. Buyoed by the home crowd under the night lights, Kyrgios will certainly not be an easy nut to crack, especially if the Aussie is serving as well as last round. However, Humbert has that big serve, he moves a lot better, has the stronger backhand wing and is also the player who will win most of the longer rallies. The avenue for victory is much slimmer for Kyrgios, which is why the ATP betting odds favoring him across the board seem off. BookMaker is offering up a +118 on the Humbert ML in this affair, and we'll oblige.
Elena Rybakina vs. Fiona Ferro
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 - 10:20 PM EST at Melbourne Arena
One of many emerging French talents is Fiona Ferro, who started her rise to prominence in 2019, with a maiden WTA title in Lausanne. Growing up on the red dirt, that's also where the world no. 46 has won her two career titles, but her game style is certainly not unsuitable to faster surfaces. In possession of a competent serve which she plays well off of from both wings, Ferro is an aggressive-minded player whilst still being incredibly difficult to hit through.
We saw this firsthand in the first-round matchup against Katerina Siniakova, the Czechwoman throwing a barrage of powerful ball-striking at her opponent. Losing the first set and recovering from a break down in the second, Ferro was unyielding and eventually won 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.
More of that grit will be needed when up against Elena Rybakina. The Kazakh stands at a whopping 6´1 tall, a rarity in the women´s game. Accompanied by such height is a massive first serve, which not many players on tour are capable of dealing with, along with sledgehammers on both wings off the ground. For someone of such large stature, the 21-year old moves incredibly well, and can sustain prolonged rallies. Rybakina had an incredible iron-woman run before the 2020 pandemic break, making four finals in the first five tournaments of the year.
Though she lost her way a little bit post pandemic, the Kazakh started 2021 well with a quarterfinal appearance in Abu Dhabi. In the first-round matchup against wily veteran Vera Zvonareva, Elena struggled to make an impression behind her second serve, only winning 33% of second serve points, but was strong behind the first, 74% of the points won leading the way in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
While the WTA betting odds make Rybakina a favorite north of -400, this should be a closer contest than those odds suggest. Ferro is a tough customer and a fierce competitor, and will be able to hold her own against the powerful Kazakh. The pair faced twice last year and split the meetings, Rybakina prevailing on indoor hard court, Ferro on clay. While the surface edge indeed lies with the -400 favorite, her French opponent can play well enough to make it a battle. The over 19.5 games looks a touch low at BetOnline, and will be the wager here.
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.