2020 Australian Open ATP Day 8 Betting Picks & Odds: Will Kyrgios Challenge Nadal?

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Jan 26, 2020, 03:29 PM EST

Monday features the remaining four ATP fourth-round matchups. Still, since the tournament is played in Australia, the slate kicks off at 8:15 p.m. E.T. on Sunday evening in North America — so you’ll need to get your bets in early.

Let’s examine all four of today’s matchups. 

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Gael Monfils vs. Dominic Thiem (-275) | O/U: 39

  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Where: Rod Laver Arena
  • H2H: Thiem leads 5-0

The head-to-head history here is notably one-sided, and Monfils mysteriously withdrew before an expected quarterfinal matchup at Indian Wells last March with a late injury.

Thiem later made easy work of the Frenchman in straight sets on the clay at Roland Garros. But the Austrian hasn’t been at his best yet in his tournament, and the faster hard surface in Melbourne should help to level the playing field a bit.

Monfils will have to change his tactics over his two most recent matches, where he could comfortably counter-punch and frustrate power players.

Thiem will be happy to hit with him all day, get the better of baseline rallies and grind out a win.

Fitness is always a question for Monfils in long matches, and he was repeatedly doubled over during the end of his straight-set round three win.

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