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Australian Open Day 1 Best Bets: Our Top Picks Across the Men’s and Women’s Draws (Jan. 16)

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Looking for a rundown of our analysts’ best bets for the first day of grand slam main draw action in 2022?

Read on for our top selections across the men’s and women’s draws, including links to full previews for each bet.

Holger Rune vs. Soonwoo Kwon

7 p.m. ET projected start time

Kenny Ducey looks at the match between two players that are excellent from the ground.

While the Korean is still just 24, Ducey believes that his experience over the 18-year old Rune playing in his first Aussie Open will prove vital.

Cameron Norrie vs. Sebastian Korda

10 p.m. ET projected start time

Avery Zimmerman breaks down the matchup between the reigning Indian Wells champion and the rising American star.

There are reasons to believe in Korda, says Zimmerman, who is backing the 21-year old to pull off the upset.

Elena-Gabriela Ruse vs. Jasmine Paolini

12 a.m. ET projected start time

David Gertler examines the battle between two players that like to grind from the baseline.

He anticipates an all-out war when these two square off, prompting him to make a calculated play on the total.

Rafa Nadal vs. Marcos Giron

10 p.m. ET projected start time

Zimmerman discusses the possible value in the matchup, and why he’s weary of taking a pre-match position in Nadal’s first match of the tournament.

Rather, there are a couple of tactics that could provide a live opportunity.

Madison Keys vs. Sofia Kenin

1 a.m. ET projected start time

A matchup between the former Aussie Open champion Kenin and 2017 US Open finalist Keys creates a chance for excellent value, says Gertler.

He’s looking at the latter to thrive on the back of an excellent warm-up tournament performance.

Fabio Fognini vs. Tallon Griekspoor

12 a.m. ET projected start time

Ducey doesn’t believe that this should be a pick ’em, considering the possible injury lingerings that the Dutchman could be dealing with.

He’s backing Fognini to take advantage of the situation by moving Griekspoor around the court consistently.

Oscar Otte vs. Chun Hsin Tseng

12 a.m. ET projected start time

In a matchup of experience versus first-time main draw slam participant, Zimmerman is looking to exploit the style difference on a fast hard court surface.

He believes that Otte can continue to have the success that he established in grand slam tournaments throughout 2021.

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