Hewitt tipped for exit in 60/1 Australian Open day two acca
Two of the top seven women’s seeds Petra Kvitova and Sara Errani are already out of the Australian Open in the first round and some more upsets can be expected to help us land a 60/1 fivefold from the second-day’s action.
It is in the men’s draw where we have plumped for two underdogs, with home favourite Lleyton Hewitt and young gun Peter Gojowczyk looking ones to avoid for favourite backers.
Katerina Siniakova to beat Zarina Diyas @ 8/13
Two Australian Open qualifiers meet in our sole selection from the women’s draw and it may be puzzling for some that it is the lower-ranked player that comes in as the favourite.
However, Siniakova has won three tournaments since the midway point of 2013, while Diyas only lifted one trophy throughout the whole calendar year.
Furthermore, Siniakova has some Australian Open pedigree, having reached the final of the junior event 12 months ago and she hammered the higher ranked Victoria Duval in the final qualifying round to make this tie.
Igor Sijsling to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis @ 8/15
Jordan Thompson showed in his 3-2 defeat to Jerzy Janowicz that some young stars are on the brink of emerging in the Australian men’s game and another of this brigade may be fancied to cause a first-round shock.
Wildcard Kokkinakis has victories over top-50 players Jeremy Chardy and Ivan Dodig on his recent resume, but coping with the pressure of a maiden Grand Slam appearance in front of his home supporters is a big ask.
With almost 500 ranking places between them, Sijsling is big value at the prices, with narrow defeats to Nicolas Mahut and Yen-Hsun Lu not the worst recent form in the book.
Andreas Seppi to beat Lleyton Hewitt @ 10/3
The Australians didn’t enjoy their greatest opening day in Melbourne and day two will not look much better if Hewitt fails to beat Seppi.
Recent victories over Roger Federer and Andy Murray have clearly influenced Hewitt’s very short price for victory, but it is worth noting that he has lost three of his four career hard-court meetings with Seppi, including a straight-sets defeat last year.
For this reason alone, Seppi has to offer value to triumph.
Victor Hanescu to beat Peter Gojowczyk @ 13/8
Another underdog is fancied here, with Gojowczyk surely only favourite because he took a set off Rafael Nadal in a recent semi final in Qatar.
Hanescu reached the quarters of the same event and showed with a victory over Fernando Verdasco that he arrives in Australia in solid form. He will want to end a barren run of going out in the first round in Melbourne in each of the last three years too.
Yen Hsun-Lu to beat Jimmy Wang 3-0 @ 6/5
This bet is one of the more simpler at the Australian Open, with Lu winning the last five meetings between the pair without dropping a set.
He also knocked out David Ferrer en route to the final of the hard-court event in Brisbane in preparation for this Grand Slam, with Wang making his first appearance here since 2006.