Australian Open Day 7: Can Kyrgios Extend His Streak in Melbourne?

João Mourato

Friday, January 19, 2018 5:02 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 5:02 PM UTC

Join us for our daily coverage of the Australian Open tournament. Find out our top tennis picks for Day 7 and why you should place these two valuable bets.

Grigor Dimitrov (3) vs. Nick Kyrgios (17)

Kyrgios booked his place in the second week of the Australian Open after a 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The 22-year-old showed mental strength to win three tiebreaks against such a dangerous opponent as Tsonga. Known as one of the best servers in tennis, Nick holds a phenomenal 13–3 record on tiebreaks throughout his career at the Australian Open. Despite young age, the player born in Canberra is Australia's top hope to end a 40-year wait for a home winner at Melbourne Park.

For the second consecutive round, Dimitrov struggled with his form. After a five-set battle against Mackenzie McDonald in his opening match at the Australian Open, the 26-year-old needed four sets to overcome Andrey Rublev in the second round. The 2017 ATP World Tour Finals champion ended the match against the Russian teenager with 15 double faults and 61 unforced errors. Despite his impressive results in 2017, it’s unlikely we’ll see the world No. 3 lifting the trophy in Melbourne after his disastrous performances in this event.

This should be a very interesting contest between two of the best players in the world. Despite Grigor's 2-1 lead on the h2h, Kyrgios emerged victorious from their most recent encounter at the Brisbane International two weeks ago. On the other hand, the fast court conditions in Melbourne Park should benefit Nick on this match. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Kyrgios' tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the Australian to win this match.

Free Tennis Pick: Kyrgios ML (-154)Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Denisa Allertova (q) vs. Elina Svitolina (4)

Regardless of this outcome, Allertova already secured her return to the Top 90 for the first time since September 2016. Allertova couldn't have asked for more in her 2018 debut with an unprecedented appearance in the Australian Open 4th round. The Czech qualifier didn't drop a single set on her previous six matches in Melbourne Park. The 24-year-old reaches this stage of the competition after an impressive 6-1, 6-4 victory against Magda Linette.

Svitolina remains unbeaten so far in 2018. The 23-year-old is among the favorites to win the title in Melbourne Park and will become the new world No. 1 if she wins the tournament. It took Elina just 59 minutes to defeat 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk by 6-2, 6-2 in the previous round. Known as one of the greatest defenders in the game, the No. 4 seed won 73.53% of the points played on her compatriot's second serve.

This will be the 2nd career meeting between these two players with Allertova winning their previous encounter at the Qatar Ladies Open in 2016.

The sportsbooks expect a straightforward win from the Ukrainian, with BetOnline offering -526 for Svitolina's victory. Despite Allertova's great run in this event, it's impossible to go against Elina at this moment. Thus our recommendation is for you to add Svitolina's spread to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest.

Free Tennis Pick: Svitolina -5 (-123)Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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