Free Tennis Picks: Australian Open Quarterfinals Day 2

Simona Halep AO

João Mourato

Monday, January 22, 2018 6:49 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 6:49 PM GMT

Join our expert tennis capper for his top betting selections for the Australian Open Quarterfinals Day 2. He'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab this betting duo.
 

Tomas Berdych (19) vs. Roger Federer (2)

Berdych reached his seventh quarter-final in Melbourne Park after a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini. The fast court conditions at the Australian Open suit Berdych's style with an outstanding 47 – 14 record on this event. The 32-year-old was in little trouble against Fabio Fognini in the previous round, hitting 37 winners and only 20 unforced errors. Nevertheless, the former world No. 4 struggled to find his rhythm on serve with only 47.19% first serve in. Adding to this, the Berdych only won 26.67% of the matches played throughout his career against top-10 opponents in Melbourne Park.

Marton Fucsovics proved no match for Federer, who won 6-4, 7-6, 6-2. The defending champion is through to the last eight in Melbourne Park for the 14th time in his career. After Novak Djokovic's surprising defeat, the 36-year-old is now the undeniable favorite to reach the final on the bottom half of the draw with Bet365 offering only -250 for the Swiss to reach the final. Taking a look now at Roger's numbers in the previous round, the highlight definitely goes to his serve with Fucsovics winning only 19.75% of the points played on Federer's serve.

This will be the 26th official meeting between these two players with Federer leading on the h2h by 19-6.

The sportsbooks expect a straightforward win from Federer with the 19-time Grand Slam champion available at -556 at 5Dimes. Even though we agree with Roger's favoritism, this should be a much close encounter than the odds suggest. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to add Berdych’s +2.5 Set Handicap to your betting picks as the most valuable approach for this encounter.

Free Tennis Pick: Berdych +2.5 Set Handicap (-139)Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Simona Halep (1) vs. Karolina Pliskova (6)

Despite concerns regarding Halep’s physical condition, the world No. 1 needed just 1 hour and 19 minutes to earn a 6-3, 6-2 win over Naomi Osaka. At the age of 26, Halep is trying to become the first Romanian to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Ruzici in 1978. Halep’s higher experience proved decisive in the match against Osaka with the Japanese wining only 12.50% of her break point opportunities. On the other hand, Simona won 71.43% of her chances on Naomi’s serve.

Pliskova reached her second Australian Open quarterfinal after a three-set victory against fellow Czech Barbora Strycova. Despite slow start, Pliskova remained calm and staged an impressive comeback. Known as one of the best servers in the game, the 25-year-old won 88.40% of her service games in Melbourne Park. Adding to this, Karolina ended the match against Strycova with an outstanding 1.17 winners / unforced errors ratio.

These two players will face each other for the 7th time in their careers with Pliskova winning only one of their previous six encounters.

As the h2h suggests, Halep is far from an easy-match up for the Czech due to her exceptional counter punching skills. Nevertheless, the sportsbooks continues to underestimate the Romanian on this event. For that reason, our advice is for you to take advantage of the tremendous value on Simona’s tennis betting odds to book a place in the semifinals.

Free Tennis Pick: Halep ML (-114)Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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