2021 Australian Open Tennis: Day 9 Preview, Picks and Plays

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February 15, 2021 5:10 AM

The quarter-finals have arrived at Melbourne Park and we have a huge day to kick them off! 

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Today's action sees us going for three picks. Take them individually or parlay them together for a juicy payout!

ğŸŽ¾  Novak Djokovic to  beat Alexander Zverev 3-1 (+300)

 

Novak bounced back from his third round injury with a nice win against Milos Raonic. His body looks to have recovered well after that minor setback and we think he’s going to get the job done against Alexander Zverev. Djokovic has been the young German’s kryptonite in recent times, winning their last four encounters. However, we fancy Zverev will be good enough to take a set off the World No.1, as he’s playing pretty well himself. The price for 3-1 in favor of Djokovic looks appealing.

 

ğŸŽ¾  Grigor Dimitrov to beat Aslan Karatsev 3-0 (+240) 

 

Aslan Karatsev has been the feel good story of the tournament after winning entry into the main draw via the qualifiers and making a quarter-final. Unfortunately for the Russian, we think his journey comes to an end here. Dimitrov was super impressive against Dominic Thiem and his second round walkover victory means he’s fresher than most others left in the draw. Karatsev was lucky to survive against Felix Auger Aliassime and he might have used up all his luck in that gruelling five-setter. Dimitrov is yet to drop a set and we fancy it’ll stay that way here.

 

ğŸŽ¾  Simona Halep to beat Serena Williams (+100)

 

This is a real flip of the coin match, but we’re going to back the narrow outsider Simona Halep to progress to the semi’s. Williams was impressive beating Aryna Sabalenka on Sunday, but she still opened up 11 break point opportunities and hasn’t served at her absolute best this tournament. Halep will also take plenty of confidence out of their last meeting where she broke through to win in the 2019 Wimbledon final in straight sets. This one could easily go either way but we’re taking Halep.

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*Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook and are correct at the time of publishing

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