Australian Open Odds Update: Top Weekend Matchups to Bet On 3rd Round

Australian Open Odds Update: Top Weekend Matchups to Bet On 3rd Round

The first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, is well underway, with several upsets in both the men’s and women’s draw. Most notably, Rafael Nadal was ousted from the tournament via a second-round loss to American Mackenzie McDonald. Even more shocking, Nadal lost in straight sets.

Nadal’s longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, is back in Australia after missing last year’s tournament and is into the third round, where he’s due to face Gregor Dmitrov at Rod Laver Arena around 4 a.m. EST tomorrow.

While there have been some upsets in the women’s draw, tournament favorite Iga Swiatek is cruising along as expected. The world No. 1 has yet to drop a set and won her third-round match on Thursday 6-0, 6-1 against Cristina Bucsa. Swiatek won 85 percent of points on her first serve. She’ll meet 2022 Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina in a highly-anticipated fourth-round match.

Let’s take a look at some of the Australian Open Betting Odds for this weekend’s matches.

2023 Australian Open Predictions & Betting Opportunities for the Weekend | ATP & WTA Odds & Picks

Jenson Brooksby (+111) vs. Tommy Paul (-141)

It’s an all-American matchup on Friday night (Saturday morning in Australia) as Jenson Brooksby meets Tommy Paul. Brooksby is a surprise third-round participant after scoring a 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-2 victory over No. 2 seed Casper Ruud. Paul, meanwhile, advanced following a five-set victory in the second round over Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Both players are similarly ranked, with Brooksby at No. 39 and Paul at No. 35. Brooksby has the advantage of youth and was on the court for less time in his second-round match. Paul, however, has won the only meeting between the two players at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last year. Both players are at their best on the hard court, but Brooksby should have the emotional advantage after scoring perhaps the biggest win of his career.

Take Brooksby (+111) for the win, but expect at least a four-set match. The over on total games (38.5) is paying out -116.

Andy Murray (+265) vs. Roberto Bautista Agut (-359)

Andy Murray is the sentimental pick here. The 35-year-old has been close to retirement for a few years now and is in fact, playing with an artificial hip. It’s remarkable that he’s into the third round, especially after dropping the first two sets in each of his two prior matches. It’ll be an even better story if he can move into the fourth round.

However, that seems very unlikely at this point. While it’s not a great value bet, consider Bautista Agut a sure thing to win this match. The line may also go down, considering Murray is the popular pick. Murray has been on the court for more than 10 hours through just two matches, while Bautista Agut has played fewer than five hours.

Barbora Krejcikova (+150) vs. Jessica Pegula (-211)

If you’re looking to back an underdog this weekend, Barbora Krejcikova is a great option to win against Jessica Pegula. While Pegula is ranked 20 spots higher (No. 3 to 23), the two players have yet to play on the WTA Tour. Pegula has never won a Grand Slam, while Krejcikova is a proven winner who won the 2021 French Open.

Krejcikova has lost just 14 games in her first three matches at the Australian Open. Pegula has only lost 11 games, but has faced weaker competition.

 
 

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