After a thrilling opening four days of Australian Open tennis, the action heats up in the 3rd round of both the women’s and men’s fixtures.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Tallon Griekspoor
Rod Laver Arena (Day)
Tennis’ Greek Freak and World No. 4, Stefanos Tsitsipas, will enter his 3rd round clash with the Dutchman as one of the shortest-priced favourites we’ve seen at $1.08.
The Winx-like odds come off the back of his devastating 2nd round performance against Australia’s Rinky Hijikata, whereby Tsitsipas barely broke a sweat in his 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 win.
Griekspoor ranked No. 61 in the world, has never passed the 2nd round of a Grand Slam throughout his eight-year professional career.
Rod Laver Arena will undoubtedly be a step up from Court 17, where he defeated fellow countryman, Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday.
Suggested Bet: Tsitsipas to win 3-0 at $1.72
Elena Rybakina vs. Danielle Collins
Kia Arena (Day)
Clearly the most anticipated Day 5 clash, the market currently has Rybakina as the $1.68 favourite to knock off last year’s finalist.
The reigning Wimbledon champion demolished Kaja Juvan in her 2nd round match-up, running out 6-2, 6-1 in just 58 minutes of play. Her Grand Slam performances have been solid over the past two years, with a quarterfinal at the French Open and a 4th round at Wimbledon (2021) to go alongside last year’s title.
Collins certainly didn’t have things all her way in her 2nd round match. After losing the first set, it took her almost three hours to close out Karolina Muchova. She won the last set in a tiebreaker because of five unforced errors from her opponent.
Suggested Bet: Rybakina to win at $1.68
Madison Keys vs. Victoria Azarenka
Rod Laver Arena (Night)
The showcase event on the women’s fixture, Madison Keys, is set to lock horns with Victoria Azarenka in a heavyweight battle on Rod Laver Arena.
The 27-year-old Keys is still searching for her maiden Grand Slam title but found form in the 2nd round with a straight-sets victory over Xinyu Wang.
Azarenka continues her resurgence at this year’s slam following a 4th round appearance in 2021. The two-time Australian Open champion should be well-rested after she cruised past Nadia Podoroska 6-1, 6-0 on Wednesday.
A genuine flip of the coin, but Azarenka has been slightly more convincing over the first two rounds.
Suggested Bet: Azarenka to win 2-1 at $3.80
Sebastian Korda vs. Daniil Medvedev
Rod Laver Arena (Night)
Can anyone beat Medvedev this year?
The back-to-back finalist is on a mission at Melbourne Park, blitzing both Marcos Giron and John Millman in straight sets over the first three days.
He was imposing against Millman, with 33 winners to 16.
Korda, who is no slouch at No. 31 in the world, took out Yosuke Watanuki 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 in his 2nd round match.
He’s now made the 3rd round in both Australian Opens he’s competed in. He has the game to go further but has run into a likely finalist.
Suggested Bet: Medvedev to win 3-0 at $2.15