It’s a busy time in the sporting world right now and the Australian Open just isn’t getting the attention it deserves.
Behind the Super Bowl odds and NFL picks, the NBA, NHL and college basketball, not much attention trickles down to the first Grand Slam of the tennis season Down Under.
Here’s a recap of what’s happened so far:
Men’s Recap :
It’s been pretty much the status quo on the men’s side as many of the top seeds are cruising along.
Roger Federer, the top seed, had a bit of a scare in the opening round against Igor Andreev but he managed to hang on. He was one point away from being down two sets to one, but he bounced back and has been fine since.
The only other top seed that has had noticeable trouble was U.S. Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro. Del Potro was taken to extremes in a five set battle with James Blake, which required a 10-8 effort in the third set to get the job done.
Aside from that, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Nikolay Davydenko have been cruising right along.
Women’s Recap :
Not many people need expert betting tips to know that the women’s side is more volatile than the men’s and we have seen that so far.
On Thursday, Kim Clijsters, who was one of the tournament favorites, was ousted. The U.S. Open winner was considered to be a serious contender for this Slam as well but No. 19 seed Nadia Petrova took her out very quickly.
Speaking of being ousted quickly, Russian star Maria Sharapova was also escorted out early once again in a Grand Slam. Last year, she had the shoulder to blame and she battled through the injury all season long. Now she has nothing to blame except for her poor form, which cost her in the first round.
Former French Open winner Ana Ivanovic also lost in the second round, adding to her string of disappointing exits since her big win.
Title Picks :
Overall, the pick on the men’s side is Rafael Nadal as he seems to own the men’s side when he’s healthy now and on the women’s side, Serena Williams is the selection. Until shown otherwise, she has to be the pick. Justine Henin has also played well but Serena is very dominant in Australia.
Sports Betting Picks : Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams