Hyeon Chung is happy to be back in Melbourne to defend 720 points from his appearance in the semifinals last year. The 22-year-old made history for South Korea in the 2018 Australian Open, becoming the country’s first player to make it to the last four of a Grand Slam. Known as one of the most promising young players in the game, Chung hopes to bounce back after a disappointing defeat in Auckland. The world No.25 loves to play on the big stage with an outstanding 83.33% winning record when priced as favorite at Grand Slam events.
Chung will begin his Australian Open campaign against Bradley Klahn on Tuesday. The American was away from the sport for about 21 months, during which time he contemplated retirement. However, Klahn refused to give up and competed a dream run in the final weeks of the Challenger season in 2018 to end the year inside the Top 100 for the first time in five years. Bradley will also make his first main draw appearance at the Australian Open since 2014.
Looking now at the odds for this contest, Chung is the favorite at -222 with Pinnacle while 5Dimes offers +200 for Klahn to win this match. Hyeon has one of the best two-handed backhands in the game and is always a tough match-up for left-handed players. The South-Korean won 7 of his last 8 official encounters against left-handed players while Klahn only won 19.05% of the matches played throughout his career against Top 50 players. For that reason, adding Chung’s moneyline to a parlay is a very interesting approach. On the other hand, placing a bet on Hyeon’s -1.5 Set Handicap at -122 should also be a good investment for this contest.
Nick Kyrgios is in the unusual position of being Australia’s number four in the men’s draw at the Australian Open this year. Kyrgios is unseeded in a Grand Slam for the first time since the US Open in 2015 and has slumped to 51 in the world after a tough year with several physical problems. Nevertheless, Nick declared on Saturday that he believes he can break into the world’s Top 10 by the end of the year. The 23-year-old said he’s healthy, happy and ready to compete in front of the home crowd at Melbourne Park.
Kyrgios will play former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic in a blockbuster first-round encounter. Known as one of the best servers in tennis history, the fast court conditions at Melbourne Park suit Raonic’s style. The 28-year-old is a former semifinalist at the Australian Open and made it into the quarterfinals in three of his last four appearances in Melbourne. However, the Canadian superstar hasn’t been able to stay healthy in recent years and is always hard to trust on him in a best-of-five-set match.
Kyrgios and Raonic share a 3-3 head-to-head record but Nick won three of their last four official encounters on the ATP World Tour. The sportsbooks are expecting a close contest with Milos as the slight favorite at -133 with Intertops. Despite Raonic’s undeniable quality, Nick is a tough match-up for the Canadian as their recent results show. Kyrgios is also the better player from the baseline and when motivated the Australian can beat almost anyone. Having said that, the best approach is to take advantage of the value on Nick’s tennis betting odds at +114 with Pinnacle.