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Ricky’s picks for Day 4 of the Australian Open: Tsitsipas and Rublev

Now that the preliminary is over, we enjoy a conventional schedule with everybody on each side of the draw playing every other day. It’s the leading half of the draw’s turn on Wednesday as second-round action gets underway at the Australian Open.

Here are my sneak peeks and choices for 2 of the very best matches.

Jordan Thompson vs. (7) Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas and Thompson will be dealing with each other for the 4th time in their professions. Their newest encounter was an enjoyable one; Thompson managed a 7-6(0), 4-6, 7-6(5) distressed last season in Indian Wells. That was preceded by a set of Tsitsipas wins–6-3, 7-6(4) 4 years earlier in Washington, D.C. and 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.

Tsitsipas was handling a shoulder injury when he was up to Thompson in Indian Wells, however he appears to excellent to go now. The seventh-ranked Greek lost the very first set to Zizou Bergs on Monday however dropped simply 5 video games the whole remainder of the method. That being stated, Tsitsipas is well off his peak level at the minute and the last 3 sets versus Bergs were so one-sided primarily due to the fact that the Belgian struck the wall physically. This might be another close one due to the fact that Thompson is playing the very best tennis of his profession. The Aussie, who is No. 47 worldwide, upset Rafael Nadal en path to the Brisbane semis, advanced one round in Adelaide, and endured a five-setter versus compatriot Aleksandar Vukic on Monday. This might not be a walk in the park for the No. 7 seed.

Pick: Tsitsipas in 4

Chris Eubanks vs. (5) Andrey Rublev

Rublev practically left in the really preliminary. On Day 1 he wasted a two-set lead versus Thiago Seyboth Wild and after that tracked by a double mini-break in the fifth-set ‘breaker before winning 8 of the last 9 indicate dominate 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(6). Picking up right where he ended at the end of an outstanding 2023 season, Rublev is now 5-0 this year with a title in Hong Kong.

Up next for the fifth-ranked Russian is a first-ever face-off versus Eubanks. Although he can be found in at an outstanding No. 35 worldwide, based upon his existing type Eubanks has actually succeeded merely to advance to round 2. The big-hitting American had actually been on a five-match losing streak and had actually not won a match given that the Shanghai Masters last fall till he beat Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in round one. Eubanks is constantly hazardous due to his serve, however unless he produces an extraordinary serving efficiency this must be regular for Rublev.

Pick: Rublev in 3

Ricky contributes to and likewise keeps his own tennis site, The Grandstand. You can follow him on Twitter at @Dimonator.


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