The Australian Open is underway. After three days of play, it’s apparent that favorites Naomi Osaka on the women’s side and Novak Djokovic on the men’s side want to grab the first Grand Slam trophy of 2021. As we head into the first weekend of play, check out updates for both the women’s and men’s singles tournaments so you can continue betting against their Australian Open odds.
COVID-19 Tennis Update – February 10th Edition
2021 Australian Open
- When: February 8, 2021 – February 23, 2021
- Where: Melbourne Australia
Medvedev and Rafa play early on Feb. 11, Djoker and Thiem already to Round 3
2-seed Rafael Nadal and 4-seed Daniil Medvedev have early morning Thursday second-rounds matches. Rafa starts hitting balls at 5:00 am ET. Daniil serves it up at 3:00 am ET.
Both Nadal and Medvedev are huge favorites in their second-round contests. Daniil beat Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in his first round match. Round 2 opponent Roberto Carballes Baena required four sets to get past Attila Balaz.
Rafael dominated Laszlo Dejere 6-3, 6-4, 6-1. Rafa takes on 23-year-old Michael Moh on Thursday. Moh played eight sets before closing the door on Viktor Troicki.
While Nadal and Medvedev must beat second-round opponents to advance, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem have already moved to the third-round. Novak mowed over first-round opponent Jeremy Chardy.
But Djoker had to work hard in the second-round. It took Novak six sets to get past Francis Tiafoe. Although Djokovic showed some weakness, he should have no trouble flying by Taylor Fritz.
Taylor has played fourteen sets in two matches. He played eight sets versus Reilly Opelka in Round 2. In Round 1, it took Fritz six sets to beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Dominic Thiem got on track in his second match. While he required a tiebreaker set to beat first-round opponent Mikail Kukushkin, Thiem plowed through Dominik Koepfer.
Sweeping Round 3 opponent Nick Kyrgios could be tough, though. So if you’re looking to beat a favorite on the men’s side, Dominic could be the chalk to go against.
Swiatek, Serena, and Osaka roll into Round 3
19-year old 2020 French Open winner Iga Swiatek dominated her first couple of Australian Open opponents. On Feb. 12, Swiatek takes on Fiona Ferro in the third-round.
Not to be outdone, both Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams drubbed their first round and second round opponents. Both have tough Round 3 matchups.
Serena takes on 19-year-old Anastasia Potapova. The young Russian upset Alison Riske in the first round. She hasn’t lost a set.
Osaka faces Ons Jabeur. Naomi and Jabeur have never played against each other. The chalk in the match has played flawless tennis in Melbourne, but Jabeur should challenge Osaka.
The best second-round match left to play on the women’s side is 5-seed Elina Svitolina versus young Cori Gauff. Svitolina beat Marie Bouzkova 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in her first-round battle. Gauff beat Jill Teichmann in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
The Goff versus Svitolina match happens at 3:00 am ET on Thursday, Feb. 11. Make sure to check it out. On MyBookie, Svitolina is a -217 chalk.
At +159, Cori offers excellent value. Also, be careful about dumping on Serena or Naomi to win their third-round contest. Both Ons Jabeur and Anastasia Potapova have played great so far.