Australian Open – Day 2 Match Previews

Tweener looks at Day 2 of the Australian Open tennis and he has bets on Storm Sanders and Taylor Fritz against Jack Sock.

Storm Sanders v Alexandra Dulgheru

Advised Bet

2 points win Sanders win 1st set at 9/4 with Boylesports (2/1 with Betfred and BetVictor)

  • Sanders is a local girl with an aggressive game, proven record on this surface and is playing a classic clay courter. This is the perfect recipe for 1st set bets.  Dulgheru should take time to get used to Sanders shots and her 'lefty' style.
  • Sanders actually has a very good record for this type of bet in January.  She won the 1st set v Lucic in her last match, when she was priced around 2-1. Last year she won the 1st set v Giorgi in the 1st round, when she was an under-dog and 2 years ago, the same happened. She was underdog v Flipkens, Giorgi, Peng, Hsieh and won the  1st sets in all those matches.
  • Dulgheru is a rhythm type of player and takes time to get into the match and it’s likely she will run away with this contest once she has found her range.  However, this bet is firmly on Sanders racquet, if she is in her groove, she should decide the winner of this contest.
  •  Downside is obvious - There is a huge gap in ranking, because Dulgheru is the better 'player' and if Sanders has a slow start then the bet is in real trouble.

Taylor Fritz v Jack Sock

Advised Bet

1 point Fritz win match 7/4 with Betfred and Ladrokes (match setted if 1 set played)

  • Sock was sick last week and had to pull out of the Auckland final.  It’s very likely, he will not be 100% fit for this.  He had to fly to Melbourne from Auckland and I doubt he would have had much practice.  The fact he is last on court 14 is further evidence of this; it’s very likely that he had requested this late start.
  • Fritz is one of the most promising youngsters on tour, arguably the most promising in his age group.   He won US Open juniors last year and went on to clean up the Challenger events post US Open, with 2 victories and a runner up sport.  This year he has carried on this form with victory in the Happy Valley Challenger in Australia (not the racecourse!) He doesn’t have huge weapons to note, but is solid in all areas which is ideal in this match since I suspect Sock will aim to keep the points as short as possible and go for his shots.  If Fritz makes enough shots back, it should be enough.
  • The worry is Sock's serve and Forehand will be too big. Fritz is still young, so there has to be stamina doubts and along with 'greenness', given this is arguably the biggest stage he has played on.  Although, I suspect he is a big match player, he wouldn’t be where he is now if he was a 'bottler'