Harris G. vs Medvedev D. (By: Iniestaone)
First round match between Harris (#119) and Medvedev (#19)
Medvedev will most likely win this one in three but I think the one set where Harris will have somewhat of a chance to stay close is the first one. He qualified to Australian Open through Kolar, Koepfer and Brown in straight sets and he is well adapted to the courts now. He didn't have to play on the first match day so he got that extra day's rest and will have had 4 days to prepare for his Australian Open debut. His serve is absolutely good enough to be held for 5 games on these fast courts.
Medvedev is coming to this match after a 1-2 loss to Nishikori in Brisbane. Nothing much to make of that as Nishikori was great in Brisbane but Medvedev was notably a slow starter in the whole tournament as he made his best sets by far after the first ones were played. That combined with the fact that he is playing a Harris with a big serve who has three big qualifying matches under his belt makes me think this first set will cross the 10.5 line.
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Harris G. vs Medvedev D. predictions
|1st set over 10.5||Bet365||3.40||8||1-6 LOST (-8 units)|
Harris G. vs Medvedev D. betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Iniestaone).