It was 2005 when Australia was last represented in the Australian Open Tennis Final. On that occasion Lleyton Hewitt was disposed of in four sets by Russian power house Marat Safin. Its been a long lean spell for a country that prides its self on its tennis history. But as the mens draw looks to head in to the second week we take a quick look at the last two Aussies standing. What hopes do they actually have of progressing to the next round and where should you should be placing your free punt courtesy of Sportsbet.
Nick Kyrgios is seen by many as the real bright hope of Australian Tennis. He has a big serve, menacing forehand and can manoeuvre around the court as well as any player on tour. The 19 year old caught the worlds attention when he knocked the great Rafael Nadal out of last years Wimbledon and has grown in to his new found role superbly. Kyrgios will face off against Andreas Seppi in the last 16 with the Aussie settling as a $1.72 favourite with Sportsbet. But I feel it will be far from the comfortable match that many are predicting. Seppi is coming off the back of a moral boosting win over Roger Federer while Kyrgios has been struggling with injury. The youngster was forced off the court with a back problem in the last round, an injury that he has been carrying since the start of the tournament. Although I think the Canberra native has too much power for his opponent if Seppi can drag out each point that back issue could come in to play.
I am predicting a five setter with both players paying $5.50 to come as 3-2 winners.
Tomic was once standing in the same shoes as his fellow countryman Nick Kyrgios with the whole country planting their hopes on his young shoulders. He has since succumbed to injury, the party pit falls of fame and has picked up a reputation of having an arrogance that simply isn’t warranted. There is no doubting that the 22 year old as an array of shots in his locker that many professionals would kill for and that he is improving since over coming his injury problems. But I feel he lacks is the raw power and drive needed to fight his way through five sets against the world best. He will cause Berdych problems so watch out for him to win the first set with the crowd behind him and Sportsbet paying $2.56.