Australian Open 2018 Day One betting predictions and tips

By: Marius Hrebenciuc

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Finally, the wait is over as the 106th edition of the Australian Open will kick off on Monday, January 15, with the day sessions commencing at 11 AM local time (midnight UK time) on all courts. Meanwhile, the evening sessions will start between 7 and 7:30 PM local time (8 and 8:30 AM UK time).

The tournament draw for both men and women events took place yesterday, although there is still one more qualifying round to be played.

We have already done a preview for the Australian Open 2018, which includes our outright winner's predictions, tips and odds, but we are also looking to cover each day of the tournament and bring you the best tips and value of the day.

Here are our best tips and predictions for the Australian Open 2018 day one:

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Denis Shapovalov betting tips and odds

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Kick-off: 11 AM local time (midnight UK time)

Stefanos Tsitsipas will take on Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the Australian Open 2018 on Monday at midnight.

Stefanos Tsitsipas ended 2017 in a strong run of form and kicked off the new year in a similar manner. The Greek player has recently reached the quarter-finals of the Doha tournament following some impressive victories in the first two rounds against the likes of Florian Mayer and Richard Gasquet. He actually was on a four-game winning streak prior to his loss against Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals of the Doha tournament. However, Tsitsipas didn’t look very well at Auckland as he lost in three sets at the hands of Lukas Lacko.

On the contrary, Denis Shapovalov has been terrible over the past four months, losing nine of his last twelve games on the hard surface. Shapovalov was knocked out from the first round of the Brisbane tournament following a 1-2 loss against Kyle Edmund. He has won the first game of the year in the first round of the Auckland tournament, but then lost in two sets at the hands of Juan-Martin Del Potro. The only good news is that Denis Shapovalov has won his both meetings with Tsitsipas, although they are yet to play on the hard surface.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has been in a much better shape than Denis Shapovalov in this early part of the year, so we fancy him to qualify for the second round.

Betting predictions and tips: Stefanos Tsitsipas to win at odds 1/1 with William Hill

Paolo Lorenzi vs Damir Dzumhur betting tips and predictions

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Kick-off: 11 AM local time (midnight UK time)

It’s well-known that the hard surface isn’t Paolo Lorenzi’s favourite surface, but he managed some unexpected victories in this early part of the year. He was eliminated from the first round of the Doha tournament following a three-set defeat at the hands of Gael Monfils. However, Lorenzi started the Sydney tournament in a much better manner. He picked up two consecutive 2-0 victories against Thompson and Ramos before losing against Medvedev in the quarter-finals.

On the other hand, Damir Dzumhur has won the Moscow tournament towards the end of October 2017, but he has struggled for form since then. Dzumhur was eliminated from the first round of the Brisbane tournament and then was forced to retired from the second round at Sydney due to an injury. The good thing is that Lorenzi picked up a comfortable 0-2 win over Lorenzi in their most recent meeting on the hard surface.

Dzumuhur’s recent form has been far much better than Lorenzi’s, so we think that he should be able to pick up a victory here.

Betting predictions and tips: Damir Dzumhur to win at odds 8/11 with William Hill

Timea Babos vs Coco Vandeweghe match odds and tips

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Kick-off: 11 AM local time (midnight UK time)

Timea Babos’ form over the past four months has been terrible as she has lost six of her last eight games on the hard surface. She kicked off the new year with two consecutive wins against Wang and Linette at Shenzhen, but lost 2-0 against Irina Begu in the quarter-finals. She followed this up with another straight loss at the hands of Lesia Tsurenko in the first round of the Hobart tournament.

Meanwhile, Coco Vandeweghe managed two consecutive 2-0 victories against Inglis and Pavlyuchenkova in the Hopman Cup before losing to Belinda Bencic in the third game. Coco’s best performance at the Australian Open was reaching the Semi-finals of the tournament, which actually happened last year. She had an unbelievable season on the hard surface last year, as she also managed to reach the Semi-finals of the US Open.

Coco Vandeweghe has dropped just five games in her sole meeting with Timea Babos two years ago, and we fancy her to secure another comfortable victory here.

Betting predictions and tips: Asian Handicap -3.5 games on Coco Vandeweghe at odds 8/11 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