Tennis Picks Of The Day: Top Value For Australian Open Day 8

João Mourato

Saturday, January 23, 2016 6:59 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 6:59 PM GMT

Join us while we analyze the two top tennis picks for the Australian Open Day 8. Find out our two selecions, where is the value and also the best bookmaker to place your tennis bet.

Johanna Konta vs. Ekaterina Makarova (23)
Last months have been outstanding for Johanna Konta, with the 24 years old breaking into top 50 and reaching 4th round of a Grand Slam event for the second consecutive time. Johanna hasn’t dropped a single set so far, defeating tough players like Venus Williams and Denisa Allertova. Konta’s serve is one of her biggest weapons, winning 88.5% of service games throughout the tournament so far.

Ekaterina Makarova always seems to find her best tennis in Melbourne, there’s something about this event that makes the Russian perform at her best level. We picked Ekaterina as our Day 6 Top Play and the Russian was absolutely brilliant, dismissing Karolina Pliskova by 6 – 3 6 – 2. Makarova ended the match with impressive numbers, firing 35 winners and only with 15 unforced errors. Ekaterina has also been extremely solid on serve, holding 92.3% of her service games  

They played last year on grass at Eastbourne, where Konta emerged victorious by 6 – 2 6 – 4.

This time things might be different. Makarova is known for being inconsistent on lower level events but on Grand Slams she finds her best game, especially at the Australian Open. The Russian should be just too strong from the baseline, hitting the ball extremely early and taking time from Konta. In the previous round, Makarova faced one of the best servers on tour and was just outstanding on return, with 46% receiving points won. The Russian should also take advantage of being left-handed to explore Johanna’s less solid backhand. With this in mind, we advise adding Ekaterina Makarova’s spread to your tennis picks.

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Free Tennis Pick: Ekaterina Makarova -3 (+100)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

David Ferrer (8) vs. John Isner (10)
It has been a solid journey for the two-time Australian Open semifinalist, David Ferrer. The Spaniard won all his matches in straight sets defeating, so far, Peter Gojowczyk, Lleyton Hewitt and Steve Johnson. David is known as one of the best returners on tour and his last match was a demonstration of that, with the Spaniard winning 44% points on return against a great server like Steve Johnson.

John Isner is, for the second time, on Australian Open’s 4th round after an outstanding victory against Feliciano Lopez. It was a very tough match, with Isner recovering from a set down to win by 6 – 7 7 – 6 6 – 2 6 – 4. With 6’10’’ (208 cm), John is one of the most fearful servers on tour and he has been impressive on this event, not facing a single break point so far. The main problem for Isner on Grand Slams is to have energy on the tank for long matches. However, he only lost one set so far which is a great indicator for him.

Ferrer leads 6 – 1 on h2h, but Isner won one set in four of his previous six losses against the Spaniard.

Despite being one of the best returners on tour, there isn’t much anyone can do when Isner is serving at such high level. The American is placing 75.6% first serve in and firing an impressive average of 1.91 aces per service game. This match should have at least four sets and couple of tie breaks to decide them. Having said that, there is clear value on the Over tennis odds for this contest and we suggest to grab that bet. 

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Free Tennis Pick: Over 44 (-108)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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