Australian Open Round 2 Preview

91-44-6 on tennis in 2018 up 42.63 units

8-6 on tennis in 2019 down 1.77 units

Murray is sadly out, but Nadal and Federer are immortal it seems. I will enjoy watching both of them tonight. I do think Nadal has a better chance than the last few years to win his second AO title. Federer and the Joker are obviously the favorites, but I wouldn’t be shocked if a youngin like Zverev won it. The second round is usually one of my favorites because there are usually some big upsets. Last year had the most upsets at an Australian Open ever, but I think this year will be more tame… (besides all the Murray press conference and all that obviously).

Fognini won the first two sets in close tiebreaks where Munar could have won, but he kept hitting the ball into the net. Then in the third set, Munar tweaked his leg and retired to give our boy Fognini the 3-0 win. Munar left the court for treatment and Fognini started putting Munar’s racquets and stuff up for him. That packing of the bag for a fallen opponent is the type of good karma/juju I like to see in the players I bet on frequently. That is all.

Nikoloz Basilashvili -5 at -123 for 4 units. Stefano Travaglia is playing in his first main draw at the AO. Travaglia won against Andreozzi in the first round, which is mildy surprising, but Andreozzi is not a hardcourt specialist. Basilashvili has been in the best form of his life over the past 12 months. Nikoloz will be able to find a lot more baseline winners than the Italian he is facing will. Travaglia has a great serve, but Nikoloz will be able to force enough break points to win the match.

Fernando Verdasco -6 for 4 units. Radu has the talent to beat Verdasco, but Verdasco has too much experience to let that happen. The Moldovan #1 Radu Albot secure his first main draw win here by beating Michael Mmoh. Verdasco has only made it to the quarters here once, but he will take advantage of this easy draw.

Kevin Anderson -6 at -103 for 5 units. Frances Tiafoe is not in the type of form it takes to return Anderson’s serve. Anderson is 3-0 against Tiafoe. Anderson is 4-0 in the second round of this tournament. Adrian Mannarino made Anderson look bad in the second set of his last match, but then Anderson turned it on and dominated. Anderson leaves the switch on here.

Roberto Bautista Agut at -303 for 2 units. Bautista Agut hasn’t lost since October and he is 3-0 against Millman.

Schwartzman/Basilashvili/Anderson/Verdasco/Opelka/Monfils/Bautista Agut Parlay risking 2 units to win 10.24 units. Schwatzman’s return game and ability to place winners will be too much for Denis Kudla. Opelka = Isner; therefore, Opelka will beat Fabbiano. Monfils has the experience to beat Fritz.