Nick Kyrgios may be out on his arse, but there are still a few local hopes running around on day five of the 2017 Australian Open.
After doing enough to beat out the exciting Victor Estrella Burgos in four sets on Wednesday, Bernard Tomic will take on Daniel Evans for a spot in the third round.
Also in action is 20-year-old Ash Barty, who downed the USA’s Shelby Rogers in straight sets to reach the third round of the Aus Open for the first time.
But Friday will be all about the big guns.
Four of the world’s top ten men are on court, as well as the evergreen and always dangerous Roger Federer.
In the women’s draw, Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova headline a star-studded lineup that also includes Garbine Muguruza, Svetlana Kuznetsova and 36-year-old Venus Williams.
These are our tennis multi picks for day five, with top odds and bookie bonuses from William Hill – the official Australian Open betting partner.
Stan Wawrinka vs. Viktor Troicki
It was a slow start to AO 2017 for Stan Wawrinka, who required five sets to see off Martin Klizan (who?) in the first round.
The 2014 Australian Open winner bounced back in style, however, dumping out the USA’s Steve Johnson to the tune of 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
He is that enigmatic kind of player who takes a while to get going in Grand Slams, so don’t be surprised if he reaches the semis without ever hitting top gear.
Viktor Troicki represents a step up in class, although the 29th seed has had to fight damn hard to get this far.
He has already played 10 sets of tennis against unseeded opponents – five against Damir Dzumhur in the first round, another five against Paolo Lorenzi in the second.
That extra time on court doesn’t pair well with a 0-7 record against Wawrinka in singles play.
Stan Wawrinka – $1.17 at William Hill
Tomas Berdych vs. Roger Federer
Coming into this tournament ranked 17th in the world, Federer will have to fight a tougher draw than usual if he wishes to challenge for a fifth Australian Open title.
The Swiss master passed the first two rounds with relative ease, although Jurgen Melzer took him to four sets and he required a tiebreaker in the third to seal the deal against Noah Rubin.
Now he tackles an altogether different beast in 10th seed Tomas Berdych.
The big Czech could hardly be fresher, having walked through the first round after Luca Vanni retired hurt only seven games in.
He followed that with a straight-sets win over Ryan Harrison.
Yet the Fed Express is the bookies’ favourite at $1.53, and that’s where our money is going.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Jack Sock
A perennial crowd favourite ever since reaching the 2008 Australian Open final as an unseeded rookie, Jo-Willy Tsonga might well become the adopted local hero if there are no Aussies left in the draw after round three.
After a mixed display in his four-set win over Thiago Monteiro, he dropped only seven games against Dusan Lajovic to ease through to round three.
Next up for the Frenchman is Jack Sock, who has kicked off his 2017 Aus Open campaign in very promising fashion.
Now the top American hope following John Isner’s early exit from the men’s draw, the 23rd seed swept past both Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Karen Khachanov in straight sets.
Yet Sock has never passed the third round at Melbourne Park and is yet to beat Tsonga, who knocked him out of last year’s US Open.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – $1.57 at William Hill
Ashleigh Barty vs. Mona Barthel
If you are going to have a punt on the pot luck that is women’s tennis, why not back an Aussie upstart?
Having taken a break to play cricket for Brisbane Heat in the 2015-16 WBBL season, Ash Barty has returned to the circuit refreshed and in fine form.
Straight-sets wins over Annika Beck and Shelby Rogers have seen the 20-year-old Queenslander progress to the third round of a Grand Slam singles event for the very first time.
Her next opponent, Mona Barthel, has her sights set on a maiden appearance in the fourth round.
The German has had to take the long route through qualifying, but she hasn’t dropped a set in her five-match run.
It’s battle of rank outsiders, but we’re backing Barty to give the Aussie fans something to cheer about.
Ashleigh Barty – $1.80 at William Hill
Day 5 Australian Open multi picks
Wawrinka to beat Troicki – $1.17
Federer to beat Berdych – $1.53
Tsonga to beat Sock – $1.57
Barty to beat Barthel – $1.80
Four-leg multi pays $5.06
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