Tennis Odds: Best Free Picks for Australian Open Day 1

João Mourato

Sunday, January 14, 2018 8:46 AM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 8:46 AM UTC

Join us for our daily coverage of the Australian Open tournament. Find out our top tennis picks for the Day 1 and why you should place these two valuable bets.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Denis Shapovalov

The Australian Open draw has produced some thrilling match-ups. One of those involves two of the most promising young players on the ATP World Tour – Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov.

At the age of 18, Shapovalov became the youngest player to crack the top 50 since Rafael Nadal in 2004. The Canadian teenager has a unique talent of getting people out of their seats with his exciting playing style. Adding to this, the world No.5 loves the big stage. In addition to his impressive run at the US Open, the player born in Israel presents an incredible 142.20% career ROI against top-50 opponents.

Tsitsipas’ improved ranking means that he won’t have to play the qualifying for the first time in his career. The 19-year-old started 2017 outside the top 200 and is now up to a career-high ranking as the new world No.80. The former junior No.1 couldn’t have asked for more on his 2018 debut after reaching the Qatar ExxonMobil quarterfinals. Nevertheless, the Greek player couldn’t extend the good results in Auckland with a disappointing defeat in the opening round against Lukas Lacko.

The expectations are high for this clash between two future top-10 players. Even though Tsitsipas is one year older than his opponent, Denis is the most experienced of the two at this level. On the other hand, it won’t be easy for Stefanos to handle Shapovalov’s explosive game on these fast court conditions in Melbourne. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the tremendous value on the Canadian’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on Shapovalov to secure a spot in the following round.

Free Tennis Pick: Denis Shapovalov ML (-125)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Dominika Cibulkova (24) vs. Kaia Kanepi

After winning the 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore and entering last season ranked in the Top 5, Dominika Cibulkova ended the year as the world No.26. The Slovak couldn’t live up to expectations with a disappointing 43.33% winning record against top-50 opponents in 2017. Nevertheless, Cibulkova is ready to do big things again in 2018. In a recent interview, the 28-year-old said that she’s feeling mentally and physically ready after a very frustrating season. On the other hand, playing in Melbourne brings great memories to Dominika with the player from Bratislava reaching the Australian Open Final in 2014.

Kaia Kanepi’s incredible comeback continues. The 32-year-old stopped competing for almost two years due to foot injury and an Epstein-Barr virus. Nevertheless, the former world No.15 made a surprise run at the 2017 US Open, reaching the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event for the first time since 2013. Taking a look now at Kaia’s previous appearances at the Australian Open, the Estonian holds a terrible 41.18% career record in Melbourne Park. Adding to this, Kanepi hasn’t won a single match on this event since 2012.

This will be the 5th career meeting between these two players with Kanepi leading on the h2h by 3 – 1.

Despite Kaia’s lead on the h2h, these two haven’t played against each other since 2013. On the other hand, it’s impossible to ignore Dominika’s brilliant results throughout her career in Melbourne Park. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add Cibulkova to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this first round match.

Free Tennis Pick: Dominika Cibulkova ML (-103)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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