Looks like we have the SlamTracker scoreboard available. Lets hope it is better than it was for the US Open.
Info here: Hover the mouse over “Scores” at the top. http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/index.html
As ever for the opening day of a Grand Slam event due to the number of games played at the same time you are likely to find that liquidity will be a little lower than normal on individual matches. There’s only so much traders’ money available which will be more thinly spread. Bet365 are showing live video so their matches will probably attract decent money.
Players worth a look include Stakhovsky who at 1.45 isn’t a massive price but he is against fellow countryman Marchenko. Stak has won 17 of his last 18 matches against players from the Ukraine. He leads the head to heads 3-0.
Update: Well he made heavy work of that. Stak won 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Cetkovska is at evens against Morita. Whilst she hasn;t played a match in 2011 and will possibly start slowly Cetkovska ended 2011 in superb form. Morita has played 2 matches this year losing both ( to Gajdosova and Zheng ). Don’t get involved at the start to allow for a slow start and higher price but Cetkovska is a better all round player once she gets her timing back.
Update: Cetkovska won 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Fish hasn’t been at the same level as he was 6 months ago and 1.25 would seem too low against Muller. The world number 8 should be able to come through this match but I’d be surprised if it was in straight sets. Could be worth a lay as Muller’s best chance to take a set will be the opening one.
Update: Surprisingly easy win for Fish 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
Tomic starts as favourite against 22nd seed Verdasco. They have played once before and Verdasco won but he started that match as a 1.09 favourite. The Australian has come a long way since then and reached the semi finals in Brisbane losing to eventual winner Murray. he then played and won the Kooyong Classic exhibition last week. Verdasco has shown some improved recent form with a semi final in the Heineken Open last week although playing 3 matches in a day didn’t help him challenge against Ferrer.
It should be a firey encounter but you have to go with home boy Tomic.
Update: Verdasco took the opening set and followed that up with the second set in a tie break. Then the Tomic recovery started as the Aussie took control.
Tomic won 4-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.
Donald Young seems a tasty price at 1.60 against German qualifier Gojowczyk ( a scrabble player’s dream). However be careful if you get on this one. Young started well in his only match of 2012 but almost lost a 4-0 lead in the opening set against Falla. Falle beat him in 3 sets. The German impressed in the qualifying rounds and has won 8 of his last 9 matches. Has also won 8 of the last 9 matches played against left handers.
Update: Once again Young almost let a strong lead go to waste. He seemed well in control as he took the first 2 sets easily. I didn’t follow the match after that as I had moved on to another game but the German won the next 2 sets to level the match. Young stepped up again to take the 5th.
Young won 6-1, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2.