Australian Open Day 4: Simon Too Strong For Bolt To Handle

Australian Open Day 4: Simon Too Strong For Bolt To Handle

Alex Bolt (WC) vs. Gilles Simon (29)

Alex Bolt recorded his maiden Grand Slam main-draw victory with a career-best performance to defeat Jack Sock 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours and 13 minutes. The Australian wildcard ended the match with 56 winners to just 29 unforced errors while winning 82.54% of the points behind his first serve. Adding to this, Bolt converted six of 13 break point chances with Sock winning only 47.22% of the points behind his second serve.

Bolt will next face Gilles Simon on Thursday. Playing in Melbourne brings back great memories to Simon. The No.29 seed is a former quarterfinalist at the Australian Open and won 69.05% of the matches played throughout his career at Melbourne Park. Looking now a Simon’s campaign on this event, the 34-year-old cruised into the second round by beating Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-2 in little over two hours.

The sportsbooks are expecting a straightforward win from Simon with the Frenchman as the heavy favorite at -667 with 5Dimes. Gilles is one of the best competitors on the ATP World Tour and won 96.77% of the matches played throughout his career when priced below -500. On the other hand, Bolt will have a very difficult task against Simon’s solid baseline game and exceptional defensive skills. For that reason, Simon’s -2.5 Set Handicap at +104 and his -6.5 spread at -118 – both with Pinnacle – are interesting lines for this contest.

Hyeon Chung (24) vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Hyeon Chung rallied from two sets down to beat American Bradley Klahn and reach the second round of the Australian Open. The 22-year-old struggled with his confidence in the first weeks of the season but should get back into his groove after an incredible comeback in the opening round. Chung won 80.20% of his first serve points and faced only two break points in a match that lasted three hours and 37 minutes.

The 2018 Australian Open semifinalist returns to action this Thursday against Pierre-Hugues Herbert from France. The world No.55 advanced to the second round in Melbourne Park for the first time since 2016 after a 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-3, 6-1 win over Sam Querrey. Known as one of the best serve and volley players on the ATP World Tour, Herbert fired 21 aces and won 78.57% of the points at the net. Adding to this, the Frenchman didn’t drop a service game after losing the first set.

These two players will face each other for the third time in their careers. Chung won their first meeting at the Australian Open in 2015 while Herbert got his revenge a few months after in Wimbledon.

Despite Herbert’s undeniable quality, Chung is a tough match-up for the Frenchman. The No.24 seed is one of the greatest returners in the game and is never easy for big servers to face him. On the other hand, Hyeon will also count with a very strong support from the South Korean fans in Melbourne. With this in mind, the value is clearly on Chung’s tennis betting odds to win this match at -142 with Pinnacle.