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Friday, 20 January 2012

Australian Open Day 6 Picks

I am so disappointed that the Picks only went 2-2 yesterday, especially as Alexandr Dolgopolov looked the more capable player in his loss to Bernard Tomic.

Let us hope Day 6 provides a more successful day.

David Ferrer - 8.5 games vs Juan Ignacio Chela: David Ferrer was forced into a 5 set match in the last Round, but I still think he will be too strong for Juan Ignacio Chela who is now predominantly a force on the clay courts.

Ferrer is very consistent and I think he will make it tough for Chela and force the Argentinian into hitting one too many balls and I don't think Chela has the consistency to keep up with the Spaniard.

Chela doesn't have the big powerful serves that could make it easier to secure games, and he will be forced to work for every point he wants to earn. However, that is going to be a tough ask against Ferrer and I think he will be able to win a set or two with a couple of breaks in the set.

I expect Ferrer will go through in straight sets and will look for a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win in his favour.

Vera Zvonareva - 4.5 games vs Ekaterina Makarova: Now this is a bit of a risky pick as Zvonareva has not been in great form in this tournament nor has she made a fast start to the season, but I think she has a very good match up against a player that won in a huge surprise in the last Round and may struggle to reach those heights again.

Makarova shocked Kaia Kanepi in the last Round, and did reach the 4th Round here twelve months ago, but I think she could have a let-down performance against her fellow Russian who crushed her for the loss of just 3 games when they last met back during the US hard court swing of 2011.

Zvonareva is the more consistent player at this level and I think she will be able to show that in this match.

MY PICKS: David Ferrer - 8.5 games @ 1.92 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Vera Zvonareva - 4.5 games @ 1.92 Ladbrokes (2 Units)

Australian Open Update: 8-7, + 2.46 Units

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