Australian Open: Final First Round Matches from MelbournePublished January 18, 2016 by Sol FH
Live action from the 2016 Australian Open continues tonight with key games featuring Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic beginning at 00:00 GMT.
The Australian Open has officially started and Tennis fans from all over the world are getting used to watching games early in the morning or late at night with the time change from Melbourne. Hundreds of players have gathered in sunny Australia, escaping the cold of winter to play in the first ATP Grand Slam event of the year. There are 32 seeded players on both the men's and women's side and so far the favorites have not disappointed.
There are dozens of matches that will get underway at 00:00, including a few key points to watch. The first will be between Alexander Zverev and UK star Andy Murray. It would be very hard to foresee an outcome other than a straight-set victory by Murray. The number 2 ranked player on the ATP men's tour will undoubtedly be the favorite for most of his matches throughout the tournament and punters will watch him breeze through the competition, making Murray an easy bet.
Online odds maker bet365 Sports has posted their lines for this match with no surprises here. Murray is way out front at 1.025, while Zverev trails at 17.00.
The second key match-up of the night is between Dmitry Tursonov and Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss star will undoubtedly be in the shadow of country-mate Roger Federer, but Wawrinka brings a hard-hitting game to the court every time and he will end Tursonov's chances at Aussie Open glory tonight.
The odds are even more in favor of a Wawrinka win at 1.010, while Tursonov got the worst possible draw for the first round at 26.00.
Now even with the top seeded players in the world, upsets are expected to happen at every tournament. The following matches could very well end with a seeded-player getting ousted early.
Canadian Milos Raonic plays against Lucas Pouille tonight and the odds are in favor of Raonic, but not by that much considering he is ranked number 14 in the world. Pouille is playing good tennis in the last few matches we have seen him in and could very well pull off a first round upset.
If Pouille can beat Raonic, punters will see odds of 10.00 payoff. If however Raonic is the victor, bet365 is offering 1.062.
Rafael Nadal is hoping that 2016 will be a kinder and more successful year than his last few. He is set on winning tonight, but we have seen our fair share of Rafa-upsets over the last while. The Spaniard faces Fernando Verdasco tonight and the match will be one of the most-watched of the night.
Nadal is favored to win at 1.083, while Verdasco trails the number 5 rank at 8.00. An upset could be the bet to try, while bet365 will be offering live in play markets for each main match for optimal chances for punters to maximize profits.