Australian Open Day 2 Preview and Picks
For those who went to Sportsbook.com and played my first four Australian Open plays came away satisfied as we won three of our four matches.Â Florian Mayer upset Nikolay Davydenko.Â Also, we did have a major scare with Gael Monfils as well.Â He was down 2 sets to nothing and came back to win in five sets.Â I look to continue the hot streak today in Melbourne.Â In these matches highlighted below, I am looking to lay fewer odds than yesterday, to come away with more profits.Â Look to parlay some of these matches.
Marin Cilic -350 vs. Donald Young +225
Marin Cilic is the worlds #15 player.Â He will be looking to rebound after losing in the first-round of Chennai to Kei Nishikori.Â Cilic had his best Grad Slam result last year when he reached the semifinals of the Australian Open last year before losing to Andy Murray.Â Donald Young is ranked # 129 in the world and got into the tournament winning three qualifying rounds.Â He may be a little worn out by now.Â I expect Cilic to win this match easily an laying -350 will not kill you
Pick-Cilic in 3 sets
David Nalbandian -140 vs. Lleyton Hewitt even
Lleyton Hewitt holds a 3-2 record in their heads up match-up.Â They last played in 2009 at the Medibank Open and Nalbandiian won in straight sets.Â Nalbandian is 4-1 for the year; his only loss came to David Ferrer in the finals of Aukland.Â Nalbandians best result at the Australian Open was in 2006 when he reached the semifinals.Â Hewitt is looking for his first victory of the 2011.Â This will be Hewitts 15th Australian Open and he will have the home crowd rooting him on.Â I don’t expect that to be enough as I think Nalbandian is in better form and will take it in four sets
Pick-Nalbandian in 4 sets
Ernests Gulbis -250 vs. Benjamin Becker +175
Ernest Gulbis has had a good start to the 2011 season.Â Gulbis has made the quarterfinals of Doha where he lost to Nadal and made it to the semifinals in Sydney where he lost to Gilles Simon.Â Germanys Benjamin Becker should not be too much trouble for Gulbis, if Gulbis plays up to his capability.Â Becker has only won a single match in the two tournaments he has played this year.Â I expect Gulbis to win easily in three sets.
Pick-Gulbis in 3 sets
David Ferrer -450 vs. Jarkko Nieminen +350
Seventh seed David Ferrer looks for his fifth consecutive victory of the season after winning the title in Aukland.Â Ferrers best performance at the Australian Open was when he made the quarterfinals in 2008, before losing to Novak Djokovic.Â Nieminen, is an extremely tough 1st round opponent for Ferrrer.Â Nieminen is ranked #40 in the world and also made it to the 2008 quarterfinals where he lost to Nadal.Â I am going to make the surprise pick with Nieminen as the huge underdog to win in 5 sets.Â I am banking on the fact that Ferrer may be a little tired after his title run in Aukland.
Pick-Nieminen in 5 sets
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