Australian Open Day 5 Preview and Picks
After another successful day, going 2-1 with our picks, we are now 8-5 overall in this years first major the Australian Open.Â The tournament has been a successful proposition to this point and we are looking to make more profits as the tournament moves on to the later rounds.Â Remember, log on to sportsbook.com to place wagers on the following three plays.
Roger Federer -3000 vs. Xavier Malisse +1200
Roger Federer and Xavier Malisse will be going head-to-head for the ninth time in their careers in this Australian Open third-round match.Â Federer has won seven of the eight meetings, including all four on hard court.Â They have not faced each other though since 2006 though.Â Both Federer and Malisse are considered veterans on the tour.Â Federer is 29 and Malisse is 30.Â Federer has been playing some great tennis winning four of his last five tournaments that he has entered including Doha two weeks ago.Â Federer won his first round verse Lukas Lacko in straight sets but needed 5-sets to beat Gilles Simon in the 2nd round.Â Malisse has not dropped a set in Melbourne while beating Pablo Adujar and Albert Montanes.Â Federer got a major scare against Simon and will be up for this match.Â I look for Federer to win easily in straight sets.
Pick-Roger Federer in 3 sets
Andy Roddick -800 vs. Robin Haase +450
Andy Roddick has yet to drop a set in the tournament through two rounds beating Jan Hajek and Igor Kunitsyn quite handily.Â Roddick has had a good season to this point, with his only loss coming in the finals of Brisbane to Robin Soderling.Â This will be the first career meeting between Roddick and Haase.Â Robin Haase is ranked 62nd in the world.Â Haas has taken out Carlos Belocq and Juan Monaco in the tournament and has only dropped one set to Monaco.Â This should be Roddicks toughest test yet, but I expect Roddick to advance in 4 sets.
Pick-Andy Roddick in 4 sets
Stanislas Wawrinka -135 vs. Gael Monfils +105
Wawrinka and Monfils will be meeting for the fourth time in their career in this very competitive third-round match.Â Monfils leads the head-to-head series 2-1, with all three previous matches being played on hard court.Â Stanislas Wawrinka has been playing magnificent tennis.Â He kicked off the year by winning the tournament in Chennai and has yet to drop a set in his first two rounds here beat Gabashvilli and Dimitrov.Â Monfils on the other hand was down two sets to zero against Thiemo De Bakker before coming back and winning in five sets in the first round.Â His second round match against Frederico Gil was more straightforward where he won in three sets.Â This should be a very good match but in keeping with his form, I will take Wawrinka in four sets
Pick-Stanislas Wawrinka in 4 sets