#6 Tomas Berdych
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#3 Novak Djokovic
We’re down to the nitty-gritty here in Australian Open betting action, as the eight men that are left standing really feel as though they have a chance to claim one of tennis’ four crown jewels. On Tuesday, Tomas Berdych will look to take a step in the right direction, as he tries to beat the Australian Open odds by taking down Novak Djokovic.
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Berdych rarely advances this far in Grand Slam events, as this is only the fourth time that he has played in the quarterfinals of an illustrious tournament. However, last year was a truly banner season for the Czech star, as he was a semifinalist at Roland Garros in the French Open, and he followed that up by being the runner up at Wimbledon, losing out to the great Rafael Nadal in the finale. Now, he is on his best run ever down under, as he had never made it beyond the fourth round of the tournament before this year. Berdych really hasn’t had to work all that hard, though he has had one heck of a road to get to this point in terms of his schedule. The only player of no note whatsoever on this trek was his first round foe, Marco Cugnola, an Italian qualifier for this event, but since that point, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Richard Gasquet, and Fernando Verdasco have made for one tough route to the semis. However, Berdych has only dropped one set along the way, and he is in particularly fine form heading into the Round of 8.
The one time that Djokovic finally beat the Grand Slam odds and took a major tournament was here at the Australian Open, as he won in 2008. Since the French Open of 2007, one could make the argument that Djokovic has been the most consistent player on the ATP Tour, as he has been in the semifinals of Grand Slams nine times and a quarterfinals now in 14 times in his last 16 major tourney appearances. The road to the quarterfinals has only been met with one challenge, a four set victory over Ivan Dodig in the second round, but aside from that, it is has been straight sets galore for the No. 3 ranked player in the world. Djokovic was masterful in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 romp over Nicolas Almagro in the fourth round, especially since many thought that the Spaniard was ready to pull off the big time upset at that juncture. It was also good to see Djokovic get back on form with his service game in that Almagro match, as he had 12 aces, the most that he has had in a match in this tournament.
Though we wouldn’t be overly shocked if Berdych did pull off this upset, he isn’t winning this match more than one out of four times, which really forces us to take Djokovic. We know that we’re getting the better player in the better form here down under, and we have no reservations about using Djokovic to beat the Australian Open betting odds in the quarterfinals.
Australian Open Free Pick: Novak Djokovic -300 at BetUS
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