Australian Open 2018 Day Eleven - Semifinals betting predictions and tips

By: Marius Hrebenciuc

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Hyeon Chung v Roger Federer betting odds and tips

ATP Australian Open 2018 Semi-finals

Kick-off: Friday 08:30 UK time

Hyeon Chung have definitely been the surprise package here in Melbourne, as this is his first Semi-final appearance in a Grand Slam. Actually, if Chung manages to reach the final, it will be only his second final appearance across all events. The Korean player picked up victories against Mischa Zverev, Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Tennys Sandgren on his way to the final. He beat Sandgren yesterday, winning 70% of his first serve points and 62% of his second serve points.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer have been brilliant here in Melbourne so far, having registered five consecutive 3-0 wins against Bedene, Struff, Gasquet, Fucsovics and Berdych. Yesterday, in his victory against Berdych, Roger won an amazing tally of 83% of his first serve points and 53% of his second serve points. The GOAT will look to make his 5th Grand Slam final appearance since 2015 and his 7th Australian Open final appearances in his career.  Federer have already won five Australian Open titles in his career and he now have a great opportunity to make it six trophies.

Hyeon Chung proved that he is one of the next generation players, but beating a player such as Federer is a difficult task. Federer is yet to drop a single set here and he is definitely the most player ever, so he knows how to counter everything.

Betting predictions and tips: Roger Federer to win 3-0 at odds 5/6 with William Hill

 

 

Marin Cilic v Kyle Edmund betting tips and predictions

ATP Australian Open 2018 Semi-finals

Kick-off: 02:30 UK time

Both Marin Cilic and Kyle Edmund were underdogs in their Quarter-finals ties against Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov respectively, but both managed to win their matches.

Marin Cilic booked his place into this stage of the competition after Rafael Nadal was forced to retire injured in the deciding set. This is the second time when Cilic managed to reach the Australian Open Semi-final and was his first victory over Rafael Nadal since 2009. Cilic’s serve was the key factor in his clash against Nadal, as he won 72 of 93 first serve points while hitting 20 aces. In addition, he won 40% of his return points which means that he is in great shape at the moment. The Croat has never made the final in Melbourne and is 2-2 in his career in Grand Slam Semi-final clashes. Cilic’s form on the hard surface this year has seen him win seven and lost two of his nine games.

Kyle Edmund, on the other hand, continued his impressive run of form here in Melbourne yesterday as he managed an excellent 3-1 victory against Grigor Dimitrov. His game so far have have been based on his powerful serve and he showed that in his victory against Dimitrov yesterday. The Brit won 75% of his first serve points and 43% of his second serve points. Apart from a spot in the final, there is another thing at stake for Edmund here. Only Andy Murray, Greg Rusedski, John Lloyd, Roger Taylor and Tim Henman are the other British men to have reached Grand Slam singles Semi-finals since tennis turned pro in 1968. Edmund managed to beat Cilic four years ago, but he lost against the Croat last year.

Edmund is playing very well at the moment, but he lacks experience at this stage of the competition. Experience matters here and in my eyes Cilic had a much better serve than Edmund in this tournament so far.

Betting predictions and tips: Asian Handicap -4.5  games on Marin Cilic at odds 4/5 with William Hill

Elise Mertens v Caroline Wozniacki betting predictions and odds

WTA Australian Open 2018 Semi-finals

Kick-off: 03:00 UK time

Elise Mertens’ form in this early part of the year have been amazing as she have won 12 of her 13 matches on the hard surface. The Belgian is yet to lose a single game here in Melbourne, including her victory against Elina Svitolina yesterday. Actually, Elise have only lost four sets of her last 25 played. Mertens won 67% of her first serve points against the Ukrainian player and 65% of her second serve points. The only negative thing is that Mertens lost 2-1 at the hands of Wozniacki in the sole meeting between them, which was back in July 2017.

Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki made it through to the Semi-finals of the Australian Open for the first time since 2011 after beating Carla Suarez Navarro 2-1 in the quarter-finals. Caroline Wozniacki is well known for her defensive style, winning at least 39% of her return points in each match. Wozniacki’s form this year have seen her win nine of her ten games on the hard surface.

Elise Mertens looked incredibly solid in Melbourne so far and despite the fact that Caroline Wozniacki is the experienced player here, we fancy an entertaining match here.

Betting predictions and tips: Over 20.5 games at odds 4/5 with William Hill

Simona Halep v Angelique Kerber betting tips and odds

WTA Australian Open 2018 Semi-finals

Kick-off: 05:00 UK time

Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber will square off in the Semi-finals of the Australian Open on Thursday morning.

Simona Halep have enjoyed a perfect start to the year, having won each of her 12 games on the hard surface. She have won the Shenzhen tournament following a 2-1 victory over Siniakova in the final round. She faced poor opponents in the first four rounds here in Melbourne, but did well to thrash Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 yesterday in the quarter-finals. The Romanian player won 76% of her first serve points and 45% of her second serve points. Halep’s most difficult match in this tournament was against Lauren David, winning the decider with the 15-13 scoreline.

Angelique Kerber, on the other hand, had a disappointing 2017, but the have been phenomenal in this early part of 2018. Kerber have won each of her 14 games on hard this year, dropping just three sets in the process. Kerber have won the Sydney tournament two weeks ago and continued their splendid run of form here in Melbourne. She picked up victories over Friedsam, Vekic, Sharapova and Hsieh in the first four rounds before thrashing Madison Keys in the quarter-finals yesterday. She beat Keys 6-1, 6-2, in a match in which she won 83% of her first serve points and 44% of her second serve points. Kerber is now in her second Semi-final appearance at the Australian Open and her overall record in Grand Slam Semi-final matches is 3-2.

It’s definitely a tough call as both players have been in sensational shape this year, with both having already won a tournament. Kerber is the favourite due to her head-to-head record over Halep, but the Romanian dominated Kerber when playing on outdoor hard court.

Betting predictions and tips: Simona Halep to win at odds 11/10 with William Hill

About Marius Hrebenciuc

Content editor with good knowledge on football and tennis. Actually, a tennis addict who can watch games 24/7