What does Day 4 of the 2022 Australian Open have in store for us? BettingSite’s tennis tipster takes a look at the best bets on offer for Thursday’s singles matches at Melbourne Park.
Roberto Bautista Agut ($1.14) v Philipp Kohlschreiber ($5.50)
The score is two games each in their head-to-head contests so far, but this could possibly be Philipp Kohlschreiber’s last game in an Australian Open. The German is 38 years old and is now ranked 132nd in the world.
This is the first time in five years that Roberto Bautista Agut has made it into the second round of an Australian Open, which is surprising given that the Spaniard is currently ranked 17th in the world. Agut had to play four sets in order to win his first-round match, whereas Kohlschreiber only needed three sets to beat an opponent who is nine years younger than he is.
This match should go to five sets, and the ability to handle the conditions and play smart shots at the end of long rallies will be the deciding factors. We are favouring Agut ever so slightly, but don’t be surprised if Kohlschreiber puts up a great fight.
Roberto Bautista Agut to win 3-2
Richard Gasquet ($3.20) v Botic van de Zandschulp ($1.36)
This is Botic van de Zandschulp’s second Australian Open and he is coming off a convincing three-set victory against Jan-Lennard Struff. The Dutchman is ranked 57th in the world his height of 191cm means that lob shots can easily backfire so the trick might be to make him move constantly from side to side throughout the match.
Richard Gasquet has been a pro for 20 years, which explains why he still has a respectable ranking of 81 at the age of 35. He had to play four sets in his first match of the tournament, and that included two tiebreakers. He looks a lot stronger than most tennis players and he has recently recovered from COVID with no ill effects, which could actually make him mentally sharper due to the forced isolation.
We don’t expect either player to make it to the second week, but this match will be a fascinating battle between two players who have contrasting styles. Gasquet was once ranked as high as no.7 in the world, and his fortitude should see him prevail.
Richard Gasquet to win 1st set
Ana Konjuh ($2.80) v Danielle Collins ($1.42)
Ana Konjuh dropped her first set of the tournament but then proceeded to cruise past Shelby Rogers. She played far better in those two sets than her world ranking of no.58 would indicate, suggesting she could climb higher over the course of the year. The Croat hasn’t played here for five years, but she managed to win five out of her six warmup matches earlier this month.
Danielle Collins beat Konjuh in two sets back in August. The American is a highly aggressive player who has great court coverage with great passing shots that find the corners consistently. Collins made it to the semi finals here in 2019, and she showed her class in the first round this year when she beat Caroline Dolehide in two sets. This will be a far more competitive match for the 27th-ranked player in the world, but Collins looks like she has the class to prevail here.
Konjuh has decent form going into this match, but Collins has good form in these conditions. The clever investment might be the handicap bet, as we expect Konjuh will push Collins hard all the way in what should be a competitive three-set match.
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