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WTA Miami Tennis Predictions & Winner Odds

Tennis Betting
There was a shock at Indian Wells over the weekend with Canadian wild card Bianca Andreescu coming through to beat Angelique Kerber to win her first ever WTA title. That was some historic moment happening there and it will pique the interest of bettors ahead of this week’s action in Miami. For this week's action in Florida, it is Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams who head the field as 7/1 joint-favourites* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 8:10 pm). This is the first time that the tournament will be hosted at its brand new venue the Hard Rock Stadium.

WTA Miami 2019 winner odds*

Naomi Osaka 7/1 Serena Williams 7/1 Simona Halep 8/1 Angelique Kerber 9/1 Elina Svitolina 13/1 Petra Kvitova 14/1 Bianca Andreescu 14/1 Karolina Pliskova 14/1 Sloane Stephens 18/1 Aryna Sabalenka 22/1 Ashleigh Barty 25/1 Belinda Bencic 33/1 Elise Mertens 33/1 36/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 8:10 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Kerber and Andreescu to go back at it?

Right off the bat for this Premier Mandatory tournament, there could be a rematch between Angelique Kerber and Bianca Andreescu in the third round. That would be something after their meeting in the showcase match at Indian Wells. Kerber is rocketing up the ranking and is at 9/1 outright to win in Miami* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 8:10 pm). That run at Indian Wells was Kerber's best effort of the season so far. It's tough to imagine that the unseeded Andreescu is going to find a way to power through back to back high ranking events like this. It is not too realistic. Those two are in the top quarter where 9th seed Aryna Sabalenka is. She lost to Kerber last week at Indian Wells. The winner of this quarter may have to face world number one Naomi Osaka in the quarters. Osaka couldn't make much headway in her Indian Wells title defence last week, going out at the fourth round to Naomi Osaka. That was just her second tournament since this year’s Australian Open win. In the fourth round of Miami, Osaka could be going up against Caroline Wozniacki. Petra Kvitova has had a good season with three finals already behind her, the most recent a loss in Dubai to Belinda Bencic.

Tough path for Halep

Simona Halep suffered a shock defeat to teenager Marketa Vondrousova at Indian Wells last week and there’s not a particularly easy path for the Romanian in Miami. She would have to deal with Venus Williams in her quarter (who was a quarterfinalist at Indian Wells) and the winner of that section may well have to deal with Serena Williams in the quarterfinals itself. Serena Williams has won eight Miami titles during her career. Williams came through a big second round match against Victoria Azarenka at Indian Wells, before retiring from her next match against Garbine Muguruza. A viral illness was the cause of her withdrawal. Williams is 7/1 to power her way to a ninth Miami title* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 8:10 pm).

Stephens defending Champion

The reigning Miami Open champion is Sloane Stephens. It hasn’t been a spectacular season from the American at all, going 5-5 in 2019. She comes in straight at the second round of Miami. In the same quarter as the reigning champion is last year’s losing finalist Jelena Ostapenko and fifth seed Karolina Pliskova. The other interesting name in the mix in the section is Belinda Bencic who has beaten six top-ten players in recent action and is a 33/1 each way option this week* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 8:10 pm).

Prediction

This will be another great, wide open field and there could be some big early clashes going down as well. Simona Halep’s path doesn’t look particularly great for her, but it will be interesting to see how much Serena Williams has recovered from her illness which saw her pull out of Indian Wells. In the last two seasons, we have had slightly surprising winners of Johanna Konta and Sloane Stephens come through the pack. That suggests that perhaps it’s worth looking beyond the front runners. Kerber has looked the most stable of the front runners but the long week in California won’t have helped her. So it is Petra Kvitova who, after a slip at Indian Wells who could come back firing on a new surface in a new stadium. Her form has been excellent in general in 2019.
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Tennis Betting Strategy – Value Bets

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Tennis is an exciting sport to bet on because unlike the popular football match markets, there are only two outcomes on a tennis match. There isn’t the possibility of a draw in tennis match outright to throw the spanner in the works of your wager. So that is one advantage of tennis and another is the vast variety of matches. There is a big turnover of tennis matches on a given day through the entire calendar year pretty much. But with tennis, there does come a bit of a problem, especially for punters who perhaps don’t have a deep working knowledge of the current status of the sport. You will naturally spot the big players in a given field for a tennis event and they will all be strong odds-on prices through most of the rounds of action, to the point where they are not worth the trouble betting on. Of course, this will change if the top seeds meet up in the semi-final matches or something like that. The bulk of tennis matches that you will see, especially in the early rounds of tournaments are going to provide you with players that perhaps you don’t know much about. Think of the English Premier League, you have twenty teams there and for casual followers, it’s pretty easy to get a picture of how good/bad/average a team is. Tennis tournaments start with fields of 32, 64 or even 128 players and there’s no feasible way to know all of them. That leads to scenarios where you don’t know the real value of odds on players, not between two relatively unknown players. But that is actually a situation where you can trying and look for some Value Bets for your tennis betting.

What is a Value Bet?

A Value Bet is where you take on a bookmaker's perception of the outcome of a sporting event. Note that this is all based on your own predictions, based off knowledge. For example, if you have studied form and other factors and think Andy Murray has a 60% chance of beating Rafael Nadal in a match that would convert to 1.67 decimal odds. But if you were to look at a bookmaker and they were offering 1.83 odds on a win for Murray then that creates a Value Bet. The bookmaker has Murray as a bigger price than what your perceived chances of Murray winning the match, is. So there is the value and you are basically saying that the bookmaker is wrong in their pricing.

Value Bet Calculation 1

Let’s say you have Andy Murray at with that 60% chance of winning (your perceived chances of him winning) Expected Odds = ([1 / Your Probability Percentage] * 100) ([1 / 60] * 100) = 1.67 So then if you were to find a price bigger than that with a bookmaker, you have created a Value Bet. that’s the simple and straightforward way to gauge some value when you are using this practice. That’s what Value Bets are. You can apply this same principle to not only individual matches but also to tournament fields as well.

Value Bet Calculation 2

There is another way to calculate whether a bet is a Value Bet or not. You can do this with a different formula. Value = (Probability x Odds) > 1 So let’s go back to our thinking that Andy Murray has a 60% of winning his match but the bookmaker has him at 1.83 odds. That’s (0.60 x 1.83) = 1.098 So that’s how that calculates out. Basically, if the final number that you get is above 1.0 then you have a Value Bet. If it is a negative value then it’s not and you may want to skip it because your estimation against odds balance is off. The bigger the number is above that 1.0 threshold then the bigger the value of the Value Bet is. It is just down to a matter of preference.

The Keys to Finding Tennis Value Bets

Value Bets, as we mentioned above are simply down to your perceptions of a given outcome. How you figure out your own probability of a player winning a match, is all based on studying statistics. There are some key points with tennis betting that you will need to look at, beyond the straightforward current form, which is often used as a nice tie-breaker in tight matches. Head to head: This is an important place to start because if Player A has a big winning streak going over Player B, or even if they have just started the turn the tide in recent meetings, then you can gauge something from this. If for example, Player A was on a hot winning streak of matches, but his head to head form against Player B was in the gutter, having lost to them in the last five meetings, there could be value in opposing Player A even if they were favourite for the match based on current form. Surface: This leads on from the Head to Head records. Something else to look at then would be the surface upon which the match is being played. Go back and look at the Head to Head and see the specific previous meetings that were played on the current surface. Let’s just say grass for instance. If Player A has lost the last five matches against Player B, but it has been Player A who has won all the previous meetings on grass, then you have to take that into consideration if the current match is on gass. Certain players just thrive on different surfaces. Think Rafael Nadal on the clay where he is the all-time leader of French Open titles. But his success record on grass in comparison at Wimbledon is pretty poor. What’s the difference between the surfaces? Clay courts play the slowest with a higher bounce, while grass courts are the quickest and suit the big-hitting players. Hard courts are somewhere in between, but with a more consistent bounce than grass. The Pressure Stats: If a game is looking tight (and this is something that applies well to live in-play betting on tennis as well) is to assess the points converted in pressure situations. The most notable ones here are the second serve win percentage and the second serve return percentage. Take a look at these and you will see how a player is able to respond when their service is under pressure and how much they are able to apply pressure on the second serve of opposing players (the key to breaks in the games). Leading on from that you are going to look directly and the breakpoint stats, those converted and those saved. That will paint a pretty clear picture of which players are more likely to come through tight situations. Those are the main pressure stats in tennis. First set conversion: This is a stat that we like and this is how often a player goes on to win a match after winning the first set. You can flip this around as well and see how often a player wins/loses after losing the first set. These are all important stats and you have to remember that there are different styles of players. There are the those who are happy playing a longer, grinding defensive game, while there are those who are quick starters but can run out of steam. Don’t forget the all-important injury status of players as well ahead of your tennis match betting. Basically, at the end of the day, we can’t stress enough the importance of stats when it comes to finding Tennis Value Bets. Look at the key stats but don’t get treat them as being set in stone. Dig around and find those stats that work for your betting system, then ones you also find that helps you get the most of Tennis Value Bets.
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WTA Dubai Tennis Winner odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
WTA Dubai Preview - February 2019 There is a big line up this week at the WTA Dubai tournament with this year’s Australian Open Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka heading up the field. This is the highlight of the week in what is a Premier 5 event. Elina Svitolina is out to try and defend the title for the second season running, but it is Osaka who is the 5/1 outright favourite* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm).

WTA Dubai Winner Odds*

Naomi Osaka 5/1 Petra Kvitova 7/1 Simona Halep 8/1 Karolina Pliskova 8/1 Angelique Kerber 8/1 Elina Svitolina 10/1 Aryna Sabalenka 12/1 Garbine Muguruza 16/1 Kiki Bertens 20/1 Caroline Wozniacki 25/1 Julia Goerges 28/1 Elise Mertens 33/1 50/1 bar * (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm)

Osaka the Favourite

After just splitting with her coach who has guided Osaka to back to back Grand Slam titles, it will be interesting to see how her game is affected. She is the 5/1 outright favourite* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm) to claim the title this week in Dubai. She is the top seed and right at the top of the draw but there could be a really tough path ahead for her. Either Garbine Muguruza or reigning champion Elina Svitolina could be waiting for her in the quarterfinals. Then in the semi-finals, there is the potential that Osaka cold have to get past world number one Simona Halep.

Tough Top Section

The top half of the draw is set up wonderfully. Osaka, Muguruza and Svitolina all together in one section. That’s tough to call. Elina Svitolina is 10/1 to pull off another title defence in Dubai having won it for the last two seasons* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm). She has been in good early form as she tends to be, losing to Osaka in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, while reaching the semis of Doha recently against Simona Halep. Muguruza reached the round of sixteen at the Australian Open before exiting earlier than expected in a lower-tiered event in Thailand. The Spaniard has two semi-final exits in four previous attempts at Dubai though. Then there is Osaka who has come out firing this calendar year, sweeping up that Australian Open title to add to her US Open crown earned at the back end of last year. If Simona Halep gets through then she will meet the winner of that section at the semi-final stage. Halep has an easier quarter to get through, the most likeliest of opponents challenging her at the quarterfinals being Caroline Wozniacki or heavy hitting Aryna Sabalenka. Halep who is at 8/1 to win this* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm) is coming in hot having just won the Doha title over Elise Mertens.

Bottom half of the draw

The leading players in the bottom half of the draw will be grateful for having avoided all the congestion in the top half. Angelique Kerber is out in action as fifth seen as she goes in the same quarter as Karolina Pliskova, the fourth seed. That would be a fantastic meeting at the quarter final stage if that comes about. Realistically you wouldn’t put it past the winner of that section actually going on to reach the finals. Second seed Petra Kvitova, who lost the 2019 Australian Open final to Osaka, has a comfortable looking quarter. The biggest challenges standing in her way are likely to be seventh seed Kiki Bertens and 11th seed Daria Kasatkina (last year's runner up) who are on a collision course for the third round. Kvitova looks a pretty solid option to be lining up in the quarterfinals of the competition and she is 7/1 second favourite to win outright* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm).

Former Winners

There is Elina Svitolina who took the 2017 title (really her breakthrough on the WTA) against Caroline Wozniacki. She then ran to the final last year in her title defence, sweeping past Daria Kasatkina there. Other notable former winners in the field are 2015 Champion Simona Halep and 2013 winner Petra Kvitova.

Predictions

It’s all eyes on that competitive top half of the draw. There is going to be some epic battles going down up there. We are going to throw a couple of names out there to oppose everyone in the top half though. Angelique Kerber has been a losing semi-final in Dubai in the last two seasons, both losses coming against Svitolina. Karolina Pliskova has had a very good 2019 and was a finalist in Dubai in 2015. Both make very good value here. They are both at 8/1 outright and they could well meet for a quarter-final clash* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 17th 2019 at 11:44 pm). Pliskova is coming in fresh, Kerber is more in need of getting something going. Kerber has won the last three on hard court against Pliskova. So it’s Kerber to make a run at the title for us.
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Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 27th, 2019 at 8:30 am The expected final of the Australian Open 2019, the one that was pretty much expected from the start of the draw, is in place for Sunday. It will be current world number one Novak Djokovic facing up against world number two Rafael Nadal for the top honours at Melbourne Park.

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal odds*

Novak Djokovic 10/13 Rafael Nadal 11/10 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 11:27 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Djokovic destroys Pouille

The levels at which both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have performed at during the Australian Open 2019 has been phenomenal. In the final four, Novak Djokovic was up against surprise semifinalist Lucas Pouille. This was a man who had just found ways to knock off a couple of top 20 seeds on his way to the final four. But did Djokovic have any trouble against him? No. Djokovic absolutely cruised dropping just four sets in a rapid-fire victory. Djokovic certainly looked fresh and probably was feeling the benefits of having had his quarter-final match against Kei Nishikori ending early. Nishikori had retired in the second set. Djokovic is back in his eighth Australian Open final and he has never lost at this stage of the competition. He already holds the current Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles so will he be making it three Grand Slam haul on Sunday?

Nadal remains perfect

Nadal was the first of the two to book his place in the final so he will have had a day's extra rest. Nadal was up against Stefanos Tsitsipas in his semi-final match. The Greek player had caused big upsets at the tournament including knocking out Roger Federer in the fourth round. But then a semi-final against world number two Rafael Nadal was just too much for him to handle. Nadal was clinically ruthless powering his way to a straight-sets victory, dropping just the six games in the match. It has just been tremendous shows of power from these two. Nadal is looking for what would be his second only Australian Open title, this being the one Grand Slam at which he has produced the fewest career titles. Nadal has not dropped a single set throughout his Australian Open 2019 campaign, staying absolutely perfect in his defence. Will his rugged (and at times bewildering) levels of defence, help him get something out of this match against Djokovic? The bookmakers are expecting this to go long as over 3.5 sets is at 2/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 25, 2019, at 3:32 p.m.)

Head-to-head

So what of the head-to-head between the two from previous meetings? It is pretty tight between them. Djokovic leads 27-25 against the Spaniard. They have had some famous battles throughout their career and their most recent meeting was back at Wimbledon last year in the semifinals with Djokovic winning a deciding set 10-8. It is Nadal who has won two of the last three meetings between them however they were both on clay. There has only been one previous meeting between Nadal and Djokovic at the Australian open and that was all the way back in 2012 with Djokovic getting the win in a deciding set.

Prediction

Both of these have the stamina both of these have the talent to go toe to toe and produce another epic game between them. Djokovic has dropped a couple of sets along the way to the final whereas Nadal has remained perfect. Is that an indication that the ball is in Nadal’s court? Both have looked ruthless, but on the hardcourt it has to be Djokovic who takes favouritism and the way he has responded at this tournament when he has dropped a set has been staggering. He probably has enough to pull out the victory but he knows it will be an easy one. We are leaning on a Djokovic 3-2 option in set betting at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 25, 2019, at 3:32 p.m.) as there is very little to choose between the two.
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Petra Kvitova v Naomi Osaka Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 26th, 2019 at 8:30 am The Final of the Women's draw for the Australian Open 2019 is set. Petra Kvitova has made it through to her first Grand Slam final since suffering a knife attack back in 2016. She will be lining up against Naomi Osaka, who after having won the US Open last year, has made it to back to back Grand Slam finals.

Petra Kvitova v Naomi Osaka odds*

Petra Kvitova 8/11 Naomi Osaka 11/10 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 11:27 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Kvitova returns to Grand Slam Final

Petra Kvitova came past the challenge of Danielle Collins in her semifinal match. After a tight first set of having traded breaks, it was Kvitova who held her nerve to get the first set on a tie break. It was plain sailing for her then as her opponent, playing in her first Australian Open, crumbled under the pressure of the situation. Kvitova is the eighth seed at the tournament and she has been in top form all the way. She was in form before arriving in Melbourne actually, as she picked up the Sydney International prior to the Grand Slam action this month. The first set of her semi-final against Collins is the first time that we have really seen Kvitova under pressure at the tournament. The Czech star has looked untouchable. Kvitova it a two-time Wimbledon champion and this is the first time that she has made it through to a Grand Slam final outside of her two Wimbledon championship crowns. Her previous best finish at an Australian Open was in 2012 when she was a losing semi-finalist. Kvitova is the 8/11 odds-on favourite to win the final* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 24th, 2019 at 4:46 pm). If she does that she will become the top-ranked player in the world for the first time ever.

Osaka makes it back to back Slam Finals

Naomi Osaka burst on to the Grand Slam scene at Flushing Meadows last year, taking an unexpected title at the US Open. She had never been past the fourth round of a Grand Slam before that, so that was a monumental effort from her, probably made sweeter as it was the legend Serena Williams who she beat in the final. Now she is back in her second consecutive Grand Slam Final. Osaka was the underdog for her semifinal match against Karolina Pliskova. After fourth seed Osaka had taken the first set relatively comfortably, she then had to withstand the fight back from Pliskova. It was Osaka who got over the line in the deciding set 6-4. Three of her last four matches at the Australian Open have now needed three sets to be settled. Over 2.5 sets is at 11/8 for the Final* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 24th, 2019 at 4:46 pm).

Head to Head

This will be the first-ever meeting between Kvitova and Osaka  
Key-Facts - Kvitova v Osakab
  • This is Kvitova’s third Grand Slam Final, Osaka’s second
  • Kvitova has not dropped a set en-route to the Final
  • Kvitova will move to World Number One with a win
 

Prediction

Petra Kvitova has looked unplayable when she is not making unforced errors. Still, even with that niggle in her game, she has looked powerful and has not dropped a set. Osaka has proven that her US Open Final last year wasn’t just a fluke, she is in business at the top end of a game. But Kvitova just looks 100% primed and ready at the moment and a 2-0 set betting option on her is at 7/4 odds * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 24th, 2019 at 4:46 pm)
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Rafael Nadal v Stefanos Tsitsipas Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 24th, 2019 at 8:00 am Rafael Nadal has been efficient and relentless in his Australian Open 2018 campaign and he moved past Frances Tiafoe in the quarterfinals. That sets up a clash against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas who pulled off the tournament's biggest shock so far in knocking out Roger Federer.

Rafael Nadal v Stefanos Tsitsipas odds*

Rafael Nadal 1/7 Stefanos Tsitsipas 9/2 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 11:27 pm) [button bookmaker="bet365"] Nadal was up against America’s Frances Tiafoe in the quarterfinals, the man who had already knocked out two seeded players in 5th seed Kevin Anderson and 20th seed Grigor Dimitrov. But Nadal was a class above and powered his way through to the semi-finals with a straight-sets victory. Nadal has not dropped a single set during the campaign so far. The Spaniard is looking for his second Australian Open title, with his only one so far happening back in 2009. It has been his least profitable Grand Slam in terms of titles. Nadal has lost three Australian Open finals since he took that win in 2009 the most recent of which was in 2017. But he is on top of his game at the moment and to be fair, the draw has been pretty kind to him. A Nadal 3-0 option in set betting is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2019 at 10:51 pm). It has been some tournament from Tsitsipas then, the 14th seed. He needed four sets to win both of his opening two matches at the event against unseeded players. It was another four-set affair from him in the third round when he beat 19th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili. Then he went up against the reigning champion Roger Federer in the fourth round, pulling off the shock victory. That was another four-set affair, three of them going to a tie break. After knocking off the in-form Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-final, in what was yet another gruelling match for the Greek player, Tsitsipas managed to continue his journey. Tsitsipas is actually the youngest player currently ranked inside the top 20 (he’s 20 year old) and this run has come from nowhere. He did reach the Canadian Open final last year in his biggest and best run at a tournament, losing that final against Nadal. Tsitsipas had never been past the fourth round of a Grand Slam prior to this run.

Head to head

The two players have met twice before and both of those were last year. There was that win for Nadal at the Canadian Open final as mentioned above. That followed a meeting on the clay at Barcelona, a match which Nadal also won. Nadal hasn’t dropped a set against Tsitsipas.

Prediction

Tsitsipas has been on a thrill ride and the way that he has dug in there through some pretty epic matches, he deserves full credit. That win over Federer in the fourth round was something very special for him. Nadal has been moving well, looking powerful and untroubled and that Nadal 3-0 option in set betting resonates with us at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2019 at 10:51 pm).
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Novak Djokovic v Lucas Pouille Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 25th, 2019 at 8:00 am Novak Djokovic moved ahead to the final four of the Australian Open after his quarter-final opponent Kei Nishikori withdrew from their match. Djokovic will be taking on a surprise semifinalist in Lucas Pouille who had never won a match at the Australian Open for this season.

Novak Djokovic v Lucas Pouille odds*

Novak Djokovic 1/20 Lucas Pouille 10/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 11:27 pm) [button bookmaker="bet365"] Tournament favourite Novak Djokovic was 6-1 4-1 up in his quarterfinal match against Nishikori before he was handed the walk over with his opponent retiring. Whilst cruel on Nishikori, it is a big boost for Djokovic who gets an extra bit of rest now ahead of this semi-final showdown against Pouille. Throughout the tournament, Djokovic has dropped just the two sets and each time he did he responded in emphatic fashion. Djokovic has won the Australian Open six times before in his career and he is looking to get back to the final for the first time in 2016. Incidentally, he has won every Australian Open final that he has played in. He has never lost a semifinal match at Melbourne Park either. A Djokovic 3-0 result in set betting is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2019 at 10:13 pm). Who is Lucas Pouille? The Frenchman who had made five appearances at the Australian Open prior to this year and had lost every match played. So the fact that the 24-year-old is now within touching distance of the Final is crazy. He pulled off a big upset in the quarters as he took out Milos Raonic who looked as if he himself was onto something really good at the tournament. But Pouille dug in there to knock out the sixteen seed in a great scrap. The way that Pouille fought back in the fourth set after losing the third, was impressive. It looked as if Raonic may have been getting momentum back but Pouille shut it down. In each of his last four rounds of action, Pouille has been through two tie break sets in each of his matches. Some of them really long nose as well.

Head to head

This will be the first-ever meeting between Djokovic and Pouille

Prediction

What a run Pouille has put together. He has shown plenty of grit and stamina and has put in a lot of time on court with some epic matches. But still, he hasn’t met anything like Novak Djokovic. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Djokovic sweep it 3-0 at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2019 at 10:13 pm), especially with the extra bit of rest under his belt.
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Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 23rd, 2019 at 1:30 am With Roger Federer having fallen from the draw, the path looks pretty straightforward for Djokovic as he looks to get another career Australian Open title under his belt. After getting past some family stiff resistance in the fourth round, he goes up against Kei Nishikori in the quarters. The winner faces either Milos Raonic or Lucas Pouille in the semis.

Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori odds*

Novak Djokovic 1/10 Kei Nishikori 6/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2019 at 6:14 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Djokovic drops but responds again

Djokovic dropped another set of his campaign for the second match running, as he was under a good challenge from Russia’s rising star Daniil Medvedev. The youngster really stuck in there well during the early stages of that match and actually fought back to level the match after having lost the first. But once Djokovic had given up that second set, he just slipped into a higher gear and rolled off the next two sets with some ease. So he is back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. His appearance here means that Djokovic has been to the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slams at least ten times. It is hard to ignore his favouritism at Melbourne Park really. Even though he had the dropped set against Denis Shapovalov in the third round, his response to that was to win the next set 6-0. Then when he had let that one go against Medvedev he responded in such stunning fashion.

Nishikori gets through and epic

Kei Nishikori had some match on his hand in the fourth round. He was taking on Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and it was a long five set match. The Spaniard had taken the first set on a big tiebreak encounter (10-8) and then collected the second. So Nikishori had to really dig deep and kept himself in it with a tie-break win in the third. Moments like that can shift games but there really isn't anything to choose between the two still. Nishori edged the fourth set and the match was decided in a fantastic spectacle of tennis, a final set tie break. Nishikori just got over the line 10-8 in that, reversing his fortunes of the opening set loss. But at the end of the day that was an epic five-hour encounter that the Japanese player went through. It’s just about the worst preparation ahead of having to face up to an in-form Novak Djokovic really.

Head to head

Djokovic dominates the head to head against Nishikori. Is that any surprise? No, but it is a 15-2 lead that Djokovic has over Nishikori. The Japanese player won two of he first three matches between them, but nothing since his semi-final win over Djokovic back at the 2014 US Open. It’s been all Djokovic since then. Their only previous Australian Open meeting was in the 2016 quarterfinals with the Serbian winning in straight sets.

Prediction

It is hard to imagine that Nishikori will have enough in the tank to really get at Djokovic. The head to head between them says it all, and at the times Djokovic has come under pressure he has just found a new level. A Djokovic 3-0 set betting is worth a poke at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2019 at 6:14 pm)
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Milos Raonic v Lucas Pouille Winner Odds & Predictions

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Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 23rd, 2019 at 1:30 am Lucas Pouille will be something of a surprise quarter finalist at the Australian Open, but his opponent isn’t. Canada’s Milos Raonic has come through some big challenges to get this far and so far, he has risen to the occasion in each one. The winner of this one will face either Novak Djokovic or Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals.

Milos Raonic v Lucas Pouille odds*

Milos Raonic 1/6 Lucas Pouille 4/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 21st, 2019 at 5:31 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] Milos Raonic is one of those players who always has the potential at Grand Slam tournaments to string something together. Should it not be one of the game’s elites like Djokovic or Nadal winning a Slam, then Raonic is always one of those leaders in the chasing pack. He looks to be mounting a serious challenge to make a run at what would be his first ever Grand Slam title, although granted, Djokovic could stand in his way. First up for the big-serving Canadian is France’s Lucas Pouille in the quarterfinals. To get to his stage Raonic has taken out some big names in home favourite Nick Kyrgios, former Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka and then in the last round, Raonic produced his best tennis of the tournament. He absolutely tore apart the game of 4th seed Alexander Zverev who had absolutely no answer to what Raonic was throwing at him. Raonic won in straight sets. Pouille has had to dig deep in there to get to the quarter finals. Considering that the Frenchman had never won a match at Melbourne Park in five previous visits, this has been some run for him. He has done things the hard way though. After winning his opening match in straight sets, he has been pushed hard in his subsequent fixtures. He had an epic five-setter in the third round against Alexei Popyrin, with two of those sets going to tiebreaks. That was after a four-letter against Maximilian Marterer in the second round (two of those sets going to tiebreaks). Then it was 11th seed Borna Coric standing in his way in the fourth round. Again Pouille was involved in some long sets, with another two of them going to tiebreaks. It all worked out in favour of the Frenchman though who battled back with some grit to get the win over Coric after having dropped the first set on the tie break.

Head to head

This will be the fourth meeting between the two of them and the three previous meetings have all gone the way of Raonic. In 2016 Raonic beat him in Brisbane and then at the Australian Open. Their most recent meeting was in Germany last year. Raonic hasn’t dropped a set against the Frenchman in any of their previous matches.

Prediction

It is Raonic still for us who keeps delivering. His opponent is really in unchartered territory here and the way that Raonic is playing, we can see Pouille getting swept aside A 3-0 set win for Raonic is at 5/6 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 21st, 2019 at 5:31 pm)
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Serena Williams v Karolina Pliskova Winner Odds & Predictions

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Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 23rd, 2019 at 1:00 am Serena Williams passed the biggest challenge of her Australian Open 2019 quest in the fourth round as she took out world number one Simona Halep. She can’t let her intensity drop after that epic duel though, as she faces another tough contender in Pliskova.

Serena Williams v Karolina Pliskova odds*

Serena Williams 1/3 Karolina Pliskova 12/5 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 21st, 2019 at 5:31 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] It’s hard to deny that Serena Williams is the one to beat at the Australian Open 2019. After easily cruising through the first three rounds, the inevitable showdown against Simona Halep was lined up for the fourth round. Williams absolutely tore Halep apart in the first set, Williams getting the opener 6-1. But then she had to withstand some pressure as the Romanian came back at her hard. Halep got the second and there was little give and take between the two of them in the deciding set. It all boiled down to Williams just stepping it up at the end to land the 6-4 win in the decider. What that showed there is little concern about the stamina of Williams in the tournament. She still had plenty of running and power hitting against her younger opponent. Next up for her is Pliskova who has looked impressive. We earmarked the threat of Pliskova ahead of the tournament and she has been playing really well. She had a couple of stumbles into second and third rounds in dropping sets but on each occasion, she came back strongly. She really put it all together in the fourth round as she faced up against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in a tough challenge. But Pliskova powered her way to a straight-sets victory, dropping just four sets.

Head to head

Williams and Pliskova have met three times before and it is Williams who is 2-1 up. Their most recent meeting was at last year’s US Open with Williams getting a straight-sets victory in the quarterfinals. Pliskova's win over Williams happened at the 2016 US Open in straight sets after their initial meeting in Stanford way back in 2014.

Prediction

Pliskova is going to need her to serve going well again in order to take on Williams. When they met last year at the US Open, Pliskova was already looking out of form after a long season when she wasn’t at her best. She can contend here and while ultimately we have seen enough from Williams to back her for the win, we will do so with a 2-1 set victory for 11/4 as Pliskova will get at her* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 21st, 2019 at 5:31 pm)
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Naomi Osaka v Elina Svitolina Winner Odds & Predictions

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Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 23rd, 2019 at 1:30 am Both Svitolina and Osaka had to roll out three-set victories against some good challenges in the fourth round of action at Melbourne Park. They now come together to scrap it out for a place in the semi-finals. The winner of this will have the unenviable task of facing either Karolina Pliskova or Serena Williams in the final four.

Naomi Osaka v Elina Svitolina odds*

Naomi Osaka 4/6 Elina Svitolina 6/5 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 21st, 2019 at 5:31 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] This should be a pretty good contest. Osaka, last year’s US Open champion had to overcome a big early setback in her fourth-round match against 13th seed Anastasija Sevastova. Osaka dropped the first set, but then managed to gather herself to win the next couple of sets fairly comfortably. Once she had broken her opponent in the second set, the momentum all shifted to Osaka and she didn’t let up. Osaka did also drop the first set of their third round match against Su Wei Hsieh and it could be a long way back if she loses the first against Svitolina in this quarter-final challenge. Osaka has now bested her best-ever finish at the Australian Open, which was a fourth-round appearance last season. She is going to up against a gritty opponent in Svitolina. Svitlana was up against Madison Keys in her fourth-round match at Melbourne Park and this was a match that really had some big swings. Svitolina was impressive in taking the first set but then she was blown away in the second, only getting one game on the board. But the Ukrainian got things back together to power her way to a 6-1 win in the final set. Having watched Svitolina throughout the tournament, she looks extremely focused and well dialled-in to her game. She looks to have a good spring in her step and has not looked like losing any confidence in herself. She is back in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, the stage at which she fell last season. The youngster has yet to make it past the quarterfinals of any previous Grand Slam appearance.

Head to head

These two have met five times before and two of those meetings were last year. Svitolina won both of those, the first in Dubai and the second in Miami, both on hard court. They have met once before at the Australian Open, with Osaka taking a straight sets victory in their 2016 R64 meeting. Overall in the head to head it is Svitolina who leads 3-2.

Prediction

We are going against the grain and are going to predict that Svitolina can reach her first semi-final in a Grand Slam. We have seen a lot of good stuff from her and focus from the Ukrainian and she has a bit of fire in her belly it would seem. We are going to predict the underdog value as the 6/5 quote on her looks value* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 21st, 2019 at 5:31 pm).
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Petra Kvitova v Ashleigh Barty Winner Odds & Predictions

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Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 22nd, 2019 at 8:00 am It is quarter-final time at the Australian Open and what a match this should be. Australia’s own, Ashleigh Barty is still steaming along and within touching distance of the semi’s. She is, however, underdog against Kvitova.

Petra Kvitova v Ashleigh Barty odds*

Petra Kvitova 4/7 Ashleigh Barty 11/8 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 11:27 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] Petra Kvitova turned out some performance in the fourth round. She was up against American youngster Amanda Anisimova, who had previously knocked out the in-form Aryna Sabalenka. However, Kvitova was having none of any upset talk as she simply steamrollered her opponent. The left-hander dropped just the three games as she eased herself to victory against one of the brightest young talents around. While this match against Barty will be her toughest test yet, that win over Anisimova and Belinda Bencic in the previous round has seen Kvitova hit top gear. She is right in form as shown at the recent Sydney International when she won the title. It was against Barty that Kvitova took the success in Sydney. It was a really tight match though and it showed the resilience of Kvitova. Barty had won the first set of that Sydney final 6-1 but then Kvitova roared back, taking the deciding set on a tie break. Barty has, of course, received plenty of support in the tournament so far in from her home crowd. Her big challenge in the fourth round happened in taking on Maria Sharapova, the Russian looking ruthless and determined at Melbourne Park. After dropping the first set, Barty looked in trouble, but then she didn’t skip a beat as she powered her way back to a 6-1 win in the second, before ending up serving out the match for a 6-4 win in the third, despite some late resistance from the Russian. That was a huge effort from Barty. Whatever happens she isn't going to go down without a fight.

Head to head

The two have met three times before. That was that aforementioned win for Kvitova in the final of Sydney earlier this month. The Czech player has won the other two meetings as well, those being at the 2012 French Open and in Birmingham 2017.

Prediction

Barty really turned on the power when her back was against the wall opposing Sharapova. But we just can’t ignore the early form of Kvitova and have to stick with her coming through and getting the win on the board as the 4/7 favourite* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 11:27 pm)
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Alexander Zverev v Milos Raonic Winner Odds & Predictions

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Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 21st, 2019 at 1:30 am Going into the tournament, young German Alexander Zverev, currently ranked 4th in the world, was seen as being the one most likely to get the title if it weren’t for the other big three of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in the field. Now in order to get to the second week of action, Zverev has to come through a huge challenge of facing Raonic. The winner faces Borna Coric or Lucas Pouille in the quarterfinals.

Alexander Zverev v Milos Raonic odds*

Alexander Zverev 4/5 Milos Raonic evens * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 19th, 2019 at 11:27 pm) [button bookmaker="bet365"]

Zverev still on track

Zverev opened his tournament with a routine win over Aljaz Bedene but then in the second round, he found himself being challenged by Jeremy Chardy. Zverev had taken the opening two sets in the match but then was pegged peg, needing a decider. Zverev recovered himself well, to his credit to post a 6-1 score in the final set to put the match to bet. Normal service has resumed when he beat Alex Bolt in the third round in straight sets. Zverev is still on the hunt for his first Grand Slam title but is only 21 years old as has plenty of time. Frankly, it is likely to happen at some point. In his last two attempts at the Australian Open Zverev has fallen at this third round stage. Will he suffer the same fate this time around or will he be able to break through that wall? It’s no easy game awaiting him.

Raonic roaring in tough challenges

Raonic has had a tough run so far in comparison to that of Zverev. The Canadian faced an uncomfortable rid point the opening round as he went up against home favourite Nick Kyrgios. So the crowd was against Raonic there, but his service game was on point as he fought through to a three-set victory. Then it was up against former Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka in the second round and Raonic had to fight back from having dropped the first set. Raonic won the following three sets, each on a tie break in an exhausting battle between the two. It was a little easier for him in the third round as he looked fresh in taking a three-set win over Pierre Hebert. He needed that did Raonic as he sets himself up now for another big challenge. To be fair, he has handled himself really well in some high-pressure situations.

Head to head

There have been just the two previous meetings between the two players and they were both in 2017. Zverev won the first meeting at the ATP World Tour Masters 100 Rome, but then Raonic got his revenge not the round of sixteen at Wimbledon. That was a five-set thriller of a match, Zverev running out of steam in the decider.

Prediction

This has every chance of going the distance. You have two very good players here who are going to chase down every ball. If Raonic gets that massive serve working as well as he did in the first round and at pressure times against Wawrinka, he is going to be a big threat in this game. But Zverev does look the more mobile and of the two. It’s going to be tight, but we like what we have seen from Raonic in some tough tests so far. That could serve him well here. Raonic to win at evens* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 19th, 2019 at 11:27 pm). Basically this is expected to be so tight that there are value options in the match outright.
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Novak Djokovic v Daniil Medvedev Winner Odds & Predictions

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Australian Open 2019 Preview - January 21st, 2019 at 1:30 am Novak Djokovic, the outright favourite to win the Australian Open 2019 steps back onto the court in the early hours of Monday morning. He will be going into fourth round action against the exciting young Russian Daniil Medvedev who has had a brilliant 2019 so far. But then, he’s up against one of the elite now. Can the underdog pull off something special? The winner will face Kei Nishikori or Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals.

Novak Djokovic v Daniil Medvedev odds*

Novak Djokovic 1/10 Daniil Medvedev 6/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 19th, 2019 at 11:27 pm) <br> [button bookmaker="bet365"] <br>

Djokovic easing through the rounds

Of course, it will be Novak Djokovic who people expect to get through to the quarter-finals from this tie. But it is in an interesting matchup nonetheless. Djokovic hasn’t really had to put himself in top gear at the tournament yet. He took wins in his opening two games of the tournament without dropping a set. He did let one slip in his third round match-up against Denis Shapovalov but then Djokovic closed out the match in style. Against Canada’s Shapovalov, Djokovic had put the first two sets in the win column but then went down 4-6 in the third. Did he panic? Did he let his focus go? Did he start feeling the pressure? No, he simply went out in the fourth set and posted a 6-0 win to seal the match and move through to the fourth round. Djokovic is looking for his third Grand Slam title on the trot having won Wimbledon and the US Open last year.

Medvedev continues exciting 2019

Standing his way of progress is Daniil Medvedev. The 22-year-old Russian has had a fine run at the tournament and that is just extending some good form that he has shown in his calendar year. He took out some big names on his way to the run to the final of the Brisbane International, getting past Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Jo Wilfried Tsonga to make the showcase match. He lost it to Kei Nishikori. So far at the Australian Open, he had powered to three pretty convincing victories. The toughest one of those saw him take on World Number 21 David Goffin in the third round. Medvedev got the win in straight sets, with only the second one of those being tight, the Russian getting it on the tiebreak. The youngster is, without question, a growing force in the men’s game and this is the first time ever that he’s been in the fourth round of a Grand Slam. His previous bets from two Australia Open appearances was a second-round finish last year.

Head to head

Djokovic and Medvedev have once before on the ATP Tour. That happened in 2017 at Estabourn with Djokovic winning in straight sets.

Prediction

Medvedev looks a tremendous dark horse threat and if Djokovic is going to slip up it could easily be against someone like this. But we don’t see Djokovic slipping up though, not at all. He looks in fine fettle. A Novak Djokovic 3-0 correct score in set betting is at 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 19th, 2019 at 11:27 pm).
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