Australian Open Day 9 Preview and Picks
Perfect once again.Â Unbelievably, we have had five consecutive days without a loss.Â Three more wins take us to 19-5 for the first eight days of the Australian Open.Â If you have been logging on to sportsbook.com, you have surely made profits following our picks. Tuesdays mens quarterfinals picks are as follows:
Stansislas Wawrinka +325 vs. Roger Federer -450
Stansilas and Roger are both from Switzerland and are good friends and Davis Cup teammates.Â Both Swiss stars are undefeated this season, compiling a combined record of 18-0 going into this quarterfinal clash.Â Federer, kicked off his year by winning in Doha, where he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi and Nikolay Davydenko in the final without dropping a set in the entire tournament.Â Federer, has brought his hot play into Melbourne, where he has lost only three sets in the tournament so far.Â He easily beat Lukas Lacko in straight sets, then survived a five setter against Gilles Simon, destroyed Xavier Malisse in three, then took out Tommy Robredo in four sets on Sunday.Â Stansislav Wawrinka has lost only two sets the entire season.Â He won in Chennai two weeks ago.Â In Melbourne, he has blown out Teymuraz Gabashvilli, Grigor Dimitov, #12 seed Gael Monfils and has even crushed #8 seed Andy Roddick.Â Wawrinka is 1-6 lifetime against Federer, including 0-4 on hard courts.Â Wawinka is playing great tennis but his head-to-head in not encouraging for him.Â Roger Federer usually peaks in the 2nd week of the Grand Slams.Â I expect Federer to win this in four tight sets, but would not be surprised if it went the distance.
Pick-Federer in 4 sets
Novak Djokovic -300 vs. Tomas Berdych +220
This is Novak Djokovics fourth straight year getting at least to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.Â He has won nineteen of his last twenty-one matches in Melbourne.Â Tomas Berych is playing some magnificent tennis in Australia.Â He has not had an easy draw, but has #28 seed Richard Gasquet and #9 seed Fernando Verdasco.Â Djokovic should be extremely rested after getting a third-round retirement from Vicktor Troicki and winning quite handily in three-sets over Nicolas Almagro in the fourth round.Â Djokovic leads the all-time series 4-1, but Berdychs victory was the most important of the matches.Â He beat Djokovic at the Wimbledon semifinals last year.Â I expect Djokovic to get his revenge today, winning, but not as easy as he has been.Â I think this match goes five sets with Djokovic pulling it out in the end.
Pick-Djokovic in 5 sets