Australian Open 2018 Day Four betting predictions and tips
Lucie Safarova vs Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea betting tips and predictions
WTA Australian Open - R2
Kick-off: 02:00 AM UK time
Lucie Safarova kicked off the new year with a 1-2 defeat at the hands of in-form Angelique Kerber in the first round at Sydney, but bounced back with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round here at Melbourne. The Czech player have enjoyed a solid run of form on the hard surface towards the end of 2017, winning six of her last eight games. The bad news is that Safarova have been knocked out from the second round of the Australian Open last year, following a 2-0 loss against the eventual winner Serena Williams.
Meanwhile, Cirstea’s form in this early part of 2018 have been a complete mixed bag with two wins and two defeats in her four matches on the hard surface. She was eliminated in the second round of the Brisbane tournament and then in the opening round of the Hobart tournament. However, the Romanian player kicked off the Aussie Open with a 2-1 victory against Diyas. The bad news is that Cirstea have lost three of her four meetings with Safarova on the hard surface. The positive fact is that Cirstea managed to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open last year, where she lost against Garbine Muguruza in straight sets.
Safarova looked dominant in her meeting with Tomljanovic in the opening round and she also hold a strong head-to-head record against Cirstea. This having been said, we fancy her two win 2-0 here.
Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils betting predictions and odds
ATP Australian Open - R2
Kick-off: 03:00 AM UK time
Novak Djokovic’s first official fixture since his withdrawal from Wimbledon back in the middle of July 2017 worked out very well as he managed to beat Donald Young 3-0 in the opening round of the Aussie Open. Prior to this result, Djoko won 2-0 against Dominic Thiem in an exhibition match at Kooyong. The Serb’s head-to-head record against Monfils is impeccable, having won each of the 16 meetings with the French player. The most recent meeting between these two players was at Eastbourne at the beginning of July 2017, with Novak Djokovic winning 2-0.
Gael Monfils, on the other hand, looked solid in this early part of the year, winning six of his seven games on the hard surface. Monfils have recently won the Doha tournament following a 2-0 victory over Andrey Rublev in the final. Monfils’ sole defeat in 2018 came at the hands of Thanasi Kokkinakis in an exhibition match at World Tennis Challenge tournament. However, Monfils bounced back with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Munar in the opening round of the Australian Open.
This is Gael Monfils’ best opportunity to finally pick up a victory against Novak Djokovic, as the Serb has been on the sidelines due to injury for six months. However, we still fancy Djokovic to win here and to cover the Asian Handicap -6.5 games.