Jack Sock @ $1.20 – Sock is in great form in the lead-up to the Australian Open having taken out the ASB Classic title in Auckland. He plays Pierre-Hugues Herbert and whilst I think Herbert is a handy player, he is more of a doubles specialist. Sock should be too strong in the singles.
Lucas Pouille @ $1.17 – The 16th seed takes on Alexander Bublik, the world 207 from Kazakhstan. I can’t see Pouille having too much trouble in this match.
Carla Suárez Navarro @ $1.33 – Should be too strong for her 101st ranked opponent in Jana Čepelová. Suárez Navarro is a solid player who made the quarters here last year.
Angelique Kerber @ $1.17 – The number 1 seed should kick off her title defence with a win against 61st ranked Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko. I can’t see Kerber having too much trouble in this match.
Worth a Punt
Nicolas Mahut @ $2.17 – Interesting that Mahut is the outsider against Ryan Harrison. Mahut is ranked over 40 spots higher than Harrison and has won their only previous meeting between the two. Good value for Mahut here.
Guillermo García-López @ $3.45 – García-López plays Mischa Zverev, who is ranked higher than him, but only by 24 spots. I think that Zverev’s odds are a tad short and therefore I think there’s value for the Spaniard at $3.45.
Federico Delbonis @ $4.25 – One of the heroes of Argentina’s David Cup triumph last year, Delbonis is a tricky left-hander and I think he could pose some problems for Steve Johnson from the United States. At over $4 I think there is a bit of value for Delbonis.
Annika Beck @ $2.44 – Ash Barty does have some good form leading into the Australian Open but interestingly is the favourite against Annika Beck from Germany, despite being ranked almost 200 spots behind Beck. I think this could be a close match and Barty is every chance of winning, but I see a bit of value here for Beck at $2.44. Beck made the fourth round here last year.