The Australian Open continues on Friday with the focus for our 9/2 four-fold acca on the men’s third round action in Melbourne.
British hope Cameron Norrie is among the players after a place in the fourth round, while Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner are also expected to progress.
Australian Open Friday Tips
- Jannik Sinner to win in straight sets against Marton Fucsovic @ 4/5
- Cameron Norrie to beat Jiri Lehecka @ 1/3
- Denis Shapovalov to beat Hubert Hurkacz @ 10/11
- Daniil Medvedev to beat Sebastian Korda @ 1/5
Jannik Sinner to win in straight sets against Marton Fucsovic @ 4/5
Sinner is as short as 1/10 to win his third-round tie against Fucsovic but there’s more value in a straight-sets success at 4/5 for the Italian in the early hours of Friday.
Sinner, who is seeded 15th, has been very impressive so far, seeing off Kyle Edmund and Tomas Martin Etcheverry without dropping a set and that pattern can continue against Fucsovics, who was taken to five sets in his opener against Federico Coria before he won in four sets against Lloyd Harris in the second round.
Cameron Norrie to beat Jiri Lehecka @ 1/3
Norrie remains on course to secure his best-ever run in Melbourne by getting past the third round and he shouldn’t have too many problems seeing off Czech opponent Jiri Lehecka on Friday.
The Briton is 1/3 to win and the 11th seed, who is number 12 in the world, should have too much experience against the 21-year-old, who is currently 71st in the men’s rankings.
These two have met twice before with Norrie winning both, firstly a clash in the 2021 Davis Cup in straight sets, and then earlier this month in the last 16 of the ASB Classic in Auckland in which he triumphed by two sets to one en route to the final.
Denis Shapovalov to beat Hubert Hurkacz @ 10/11
Shapovalov’s third-round clash with Hurkacz pits two fairly evenly-matched players together as the world number 11 (Hurkacz) goes up against the man ranked 22nd.
Polish player Hurkacz is also seeded higher at 10, compared to his Canadian opponent down in 20th, but the former was not in great form coming into the tournament, losing his final two warm-up matches in preparation, and could be tired after needing five sets to get past Lorenzo Sonego in the last round.
Shapovalov also caught the eye with a run to the quarter-finals here last year and looks in good shape to at least repeat that feat.
Daniil Medvedev to beat Sebastian Korda @ 1/5
The final leg of Friday’s Australian Open acca is seventh seed Medvedev tipped to get the better of rising US star Korda at 1/5.
Medvedev has made the final in Melbourne in the past two years and has yet to drop a set en route to the third round this year. He was ranked number one in the world as recently as early last year and even though 22-year-old Korda is a dangerous opponent, having moved up to 31 in the men’s rankings, this should go the way the odds suggest.
The pair have shared the court once on the ATP Tour, Medvedev coming out on top in a Masters 1000 Paris event in 2021, winning 2-1.