Top Plays for ATP Australian Open Day 4

Roberto Bautista Agut

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 2:32 PM GMT

Join us and find out our top betting selections for the ATP Australian Open Day 4. We'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab these two valuable tennis picks. 

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Gilles Muller vs. Milos Raonic (3)

After winning his first ATP World Tour title in Sydney, Gilles Muller started his campaign in Melbourne with a straight sets victory over Taylor Fritz. Muller played extremely well on the pressure points, winning two tie-breaks and saving all the six break points he faced. Known for his outstanding left-handed serve, Gilles ended the match with 30 aces and 82.86% first serve points won. With a solid 16 – 11 career record in Melbourne, Muller is looking for his third career appearance in the Australian Open 3rd round.

One of Milos Raonic’s main goals for 2017 is to win his first Grand Slam trophy. The Canadian reached his first final on a major event last year in Wimbledon; however, it won’t be easy for Milos to achieve the title in Melbourne due to Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray’s dominance. Raonic couldn’t ask for a better start on this event with a very solid performance in the first round, defeating the dangerous Dustin Brown by 6 – 3 6 – 4 6 – 2. 

Despite Muller’s 2 – 0 lead on the h2h, their last encounter took place almost five years ago, which makes that information quite irrelevant.

These are two of the best servers in the history of the game. Therefore, we can only expect a very close contest with few breaks of serve. Raonic is the undeniable favorite however, it won’t be easy for him to defeat such a dangerous opponent. With Muller playing at such a good level in previous weeks and with nothing to lose, our recommendation is for you to take advantage of his betting odds by placing a bet on Gilles’ set handicap.

Free Tennis Pick: Gilles Muller +2.5 Set Handicap (-145)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Roberto Bautista Agut (13) vs. Yoshihito Nishioka

Roberto Bautista Agut is for the 5th consecutive year in the Australian Open 2nd round after a superb performance against Guido Pella, dismissing the Argentinean by 6 – 3 6 – 1 6 – 1. The Spaniard is going through a fantastic moment in his career with Bautista Agut winning his fifth title two weeks ago in Chennai. Looking now to Roberto’s numbers on his debut in Melbourne, the highlight clearly goes to his first serve with the world no.14 winning 97.37% of the points played with that shot.

With his victory over Alex Bolt in the opening round, Yoshihito Nishioka secured not only his first victory on the Australian Open main draw but also his career high ranking. With a very solid baseline game, Nishioka’s game style fits the usual pattern of Asian players. Even though it’s unlikely to see Yoshihito overplaying his opponents, the Japanese is always a tough opponent to face. Nishioka’s serve is clearly the weakest part in his game with the world no.99 winning only 68.66% of points played with his first serve.

Both player are famous for their consistent baseline game and we should witness some incredible rallies on this match. Despite Nishioka’s quality, it’s unlikely to see him creating any problems to Bautista Agut on this match. The Spaniard is clearly at the higher level and the match-up seems to suit him perfectly. Having said that, Roberto’s spread is clearly the best play for this match and we advise you to add it to your betting picks.

Free Tennis Pick: Roberto Bautista Agut -7.5 (-110)
Best Line Available: at 5Dimes

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