The Australian Open men’s singles tournament has been turned upside-down by another major upset. World Number 1, Andy Murray was sent packing after a dominant play by Mischa Zverev. The Prophet warned everyone that Zverev was capable of stealing at-least one set off the world number one, making over 28.5 match games his best bet. Will there continue to be any major upsets in the men’s tournament?
Chase The Ace Player Recommendation: Milos Raonic
Tips for Day 8:
Dominic Thiem V David Goffin:
Dominic Thiem has been extremely impressive so far this tournament and i don’t understand how he is the underdog in this clash. Thiem and Goffin have played each other 7 times, with Goffin having the upper hand, winning 4 of the encounters. Dominic Thiem has improved immensely since the last time these two played, evident by his current ATP Rank of 7. These two generally test each-other and grind out 4+ sets, don’t expect this trend to change.
Grigor Dimitrov V Denis Istomin:
Denis Istomin will once again go into another encounter as the underdog. He has played a total of 10 sets in his past two matches, it is only a matter of time till he finds himself fatiguing. Dimitrov has quietly progressed towards the back end of the tournament, managing to stay out of the spotlight as much as possible. Istomin will take great momentum into this clash and should be able to take one set off the Bulgarian.
Roberto Bautista Agut V Milos Raonic:
Milos Raonic remains the highest ranked ATP player in the men’s singles with the recent departure of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. He is a quality player and i’ve been watching him eagerly over the past few years. After flagging him as a massive threat in this year’s Australian Open, i’ll continue to back him all the way to the final. His opponents struggle to break his serve, his best asset however he moves around the court quite well for a man of his size. No need to talk about Bautista – Agut, it’s all about the big Canadian and his journey to win his first Australian Open.
Gael Monfils V Rafael Nadal:
Alexander Zverev, the youngest player in the ATP Top 50 showed plenty of promise against Rafael Nadal. The 19 year old took the 14 time Grand Slam champion into a five set match and looked very impressive. In the end the experience of Nadal was too valuable, helping him claim the well deserved victory. Monfils has been cursing through the Open, with his toughest match being against Alexander Dolgopolov in the 2nd round. Monfils and Nadal have met on 14 occasions, Nadal winning 86% of them. A well rested Gael Monfils is capable of beating the spaniard but to be safe back him at the handicap.