Top Plays For ATP Australian Open Day 7

Andy Murray in action

Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:12 PM GMT

Join us for our daily coverage of the ATP Australian Open. Find out our top tennis picks for Day 7 and why you should place these two valuable tennis picks.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/6pbQc7YXQgg", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]Andy Murray (1) vs. Mischa Zverev

Despite some concerns regarding Andy Murray’s physical condition after rolling his ankle in the 2nd round against Andrey Rublev, the world no.1 didn’t experience any problems in his following match against Sam Querrey. Known for his outstanding defensive skills, Andy won 44.83% of the points played on Sam’s serve, allowing only 5 aces to the American throughout the whole match. Adding to this, Querrey only won 50.00% of the points played at the net – a great indicator that Andy’s ankle problems are not affecting his movement.

After winning only one match throughout his career in the Australian Open main draw before this year’s edition – back in 2007 – Mischa Zverev is featuring the run of his life this week in Melbourne. The German is for the first time in the 4th round of a Grand Slam event after a four-set victory over Malek Jaziri. Besides the triumph against Jaziri, Mischa also featured one of the most remarkable comebacks on this Australian Open after defeating John Isner by 6 – 7 6 – 7 6 – 4 7 – 6 9 – 7.

This will be the 2nd career meeting between these two players with Murray winning their previous encounter two years ago in Munich by 6 – 2 6 – 2.

Even though Zverev is playing at a very good level, it’s unlikely to see him creating any problems to Murray in this match. This is a very good match-up for Andy with his outstanding return to serve creating many problems to Mischa’s serve & volley. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Murray’s spread to your betting picks in a match where we expect a very easy win for the world no.1. 

 

Free Tennis Pick: Andy Murray -9.5 (+100)Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Roger Federer (17) vs. Kei Nishikori (5)

With one of his best performances in recent years, Roger Federer booked a place in the Australian Open 4th round for the 15th time in his career. Tomas Berdych couldn’t find any answer to Roger’s serve with the Swiss winning 95.12% of the points played with his first serve. Despite his brilliant performance, there are still some doubts about Federer’s ability to maintain a high level in a 4th or even a 5th set.

Playing on this event is always special for Kei Nishikori. The Australian Open is also known as the Asia/Pacific Slam with a large number of Japanese fans supporting their best player. After needing five sets on his debut against Andrey Kuznetsov, Nishikori won the next two matches in straight sets against Jeremy Chardy and Lukas Lacko. Looking now to Kei’s performance against Lacko, the world no.5 ended the match with very solid numbers – 46 winners / 32 unforced errors and 83.33% points won at the net.

These two players know each other well with Federer winning four of their previous six meetings. However, this will be their first encounter with a Grand Slam event.

Despite Roger’s lead on the h2h, Nishikori is never an easy match-up for the Swiss with Kei’s crosscourt backhand creating many problems to Federer’s one-handed backhand. The Japanese are also one of the best returners in the game and it’s unlikely to see Federer winning so many free points on serve as he did in the previous round against Berdych. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to take advantage of Nishikori’s betting odds by placing a bet on him to win this match.

 

Free Tennis Pick: Kei Nishikori (+150)Best Line Offered: at William Hill

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