Australian Open Day 6: Best Free Tennis Picks

João Mourato

Thursday, January 18, 2018 6:27 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 6:27 PM UTC

Join our expert tennis capper for his top betting selections for the Australian Open Day 6. He'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab this betting duo.

Hyeon Chung vs. Alexander Zverev (4)

Alexander Zverev reached the third round of the Australian Open for the second consecutive year with a 6 - 1 6 - 3 4 - 6 6 - 3 win over compatriot Peter Gojowczyk. The 20-year-old fired 25 aces and allowed only two break point opportunities to his opponent throughout the entire match. Despite his impressive stats on serve, Zverev never looked comfortable from the baseline. Taking a look now at Alexander's numbers in the previous round, the world No.4 ended the match with a terrible 0.41 winners / unforced errors ratio.

The Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung became the first South Korean tennis player to secure a spot in the third round of the Australian Open. The 21-year-old knocked out Sydney International winner Daniil Medvedev in straight-sets. The Russian couldn't find the answer to Chung's solid baseline game with only 25 winners to Chung's 39. Adding to this, the fast court conditions in Melbourne Park suit Hyeon's exceptional return to serve with the world No.58 winning 47.42% of the points played on Medvedev's serve.

These two players will face each other for the second time in their careers with Chung emerging victorious from their previous encounter at the Barcelona Open in 2017.

Even though we agree with Alexander's favoritism, it won't be easy for the German to overcome such a great competitor as Chung. On the other hand, the fast court conditions in Melbourne Park should benefit the South Korean on this match-up. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add the Over to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest.

Free Tennis Pick: Over 38 (-111)Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Angelique Kerber (21) vs. Maria Sharapova

Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday on Thursday with an impressive 6 - 4 6 - 1 win over Donna Vekic at the Australian Open second round. Kerber's incredible baseline consistency proved decisive once again with 23 winners and only 14 unforced errors in the previous round. Despite her disappointing campaign in 2016, the former world No.1 extended her winning streak in 2018 to 11 matches and is already considered one of the top contenders to lift the trophy in Melbourne Park.

Regardless of this Saturday's outcome, Maria Sharapova already secured her return to the top-45. The five-time Grand Slam champion got her revenge over Anastasija Sevastova after an unexpected defeat against the Latvian at the US Open in 2017. As usual, Maria's firepower proved decisive with 30 winners against only 6 from her opponent. At the age of 30, Sharapova is trying to become the first unseeded player to lift the trophy in Melbourne since Serena Williams in 2007.

This will be the 8th career meeting between these two players with Sharapova leading on the h2h by 4 - 3.

As the h2h suggests, there isn't much separating these two players. Despite Sharapova's lead on the h2h, Angelique emerged victorious from their two last encounters at Wimbledon in 2014 and Stuttgart in 2015. Adding to this, it's impossible to ignore Kerber's sensational run in recent weeks. Having said that, our advice is for you to take advantage of the value on the German's tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the No.21 to secure a spot in the following round.

Free Tennis Pick: Kerber ML (-130)Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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