Tennis Odds: Best Free Picks For ATP Australian Open Semifinals Day 1 - Cilic vs. Edmund

João Mourato

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 11:33 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 11:33 PM UTC

Join our expert tennis capper for his top betting selection for the ATP Australian Open Semifinals Day 1. He'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab this betting pick.

Marin Cilic (6) vs. Kyle Edmund

Marin Cilic in into his second Australian Open semifinal after Rafael Nadal’s retirement in the previous round due to a leg injury when trailing 3 – 6 6 – 3 6 – 7 6 – 2 2 – 0. Known as one of the best servers in the game, the fast court conditions in Melbourne Park are perfect for Cilic’s powerful serve. In addition to his impressive average of 1.35 aces per service game, the 2014 US Open champion won 90.30% of his service games at the Australian Open.

Against all expectations, Kyle Edmund reached his first ever Grand Slam semifinal. Edmund extended his remarkable run at the Australian Open after a four-set victory over Grigor Dimitrov in the previous round. The 23-year-old is the first Brit other than Andy Murray to reach this stage of the competition on a major since Tim Henman in 2004. On the other hand, Kyle also secured his first career victory over a top 10 opponent with his quarterfinals win against the Bulgarian.

These two players will face each other for the second time in their careers with Cilic winning their previous encounter at the Shanghai Rolex Masters in 2017.

The sportsbooks expect a straightforward win from Cilic with 5Dimes offering only -303 for the Croatian to book a place in the final. Besides his lead on the h2h, Marin is also the more experienced of the two. Nevertheless, this should be a much closer encounter than the odds suggest. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add the Over to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest. On the other hand, placing a bet on a tie break to take place at -189 at Coral is also an interesting approach for this match.

Free Tennis Pick: Over 38 (-125)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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