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Friday Australian Open Picks & Predictions: Best Bets From Tennis Experts on Third Round Matches

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  • Betting the third round at the Australian Open?
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  • Read on for our best bets and picks.

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Thursday proved to be yet another dramatic one at the Australian Open as Daniil Medvedev fell to American Sebastian Korda, Maria Sakkari was upset by Lin Zhu and multiple five-set matches were played.

There is yet another electric slate of matches for Friday, including a copious amount of Americans that are looking to book their spot in the fourth round.

Our team of tennis experts broke down the matches and offered their best picks and predictions for the matches.

Matches are listed in chronological order. Match times are subject to change and many will be played after the projected start time. Read here for advice on watching the Australian Open.

Friday Australian Open Picks & Predictions

Karolina Pliskova vs. Varvara Gracheva

7 p.m. ET

Kicking things off on Rod Laver Arena is a bout between Karolina Pliskova and Varvara Gracheva.

David Gertler breaks down the match and discusses why Pliskova should be in good shape to avoid an upset.

Andrey Rublev vs. Dan Evans

8:15 p.m. ET

This has been a fascinating head-to-head over the years due to the stylistic matchup that is created in this one.

Kenny Ducey evaluates if we’ll see a similar trend as we have in years past with a play on the spread.

Holger Rune vs. Ugo Humbert

9 p,m. ET

Holger Rune and Ugo Humbert met just months ago in Basel, but this match will have a different type of importance.

Read on for Carmine Carcieri’s breakdown of the matchup.

Aryna Sabalenka vs. Elise Mertens

10:15 p.m. ET

Aryna Sabalenka has been playing world class tennis at this event, and Gertler is projecting that to get the job done on Friday.

See how he’s backing the Belarusian.

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Tommy Paul vs. Jenson Brooksby

10:30 p.m. ET

The first of two all-American matchups in this time slot comes between Tommy Paul and Jenson Brooksby.

Ducey makes a play on the moneyline in this matchup and details why.

J.J. Wolf vs. Michael Mmoh

10:30 p.m. ET

The second of the matchups is a massive opportunity for each player as J.J. Wolf takes on lucky loser Michael Mmoh.

Who has the edge down under? Jonathan Reid explores.

Alex de Minaur vs. Benjamin Bonzi

10:30 p.m. ET

Aussie Alex de Minaur is understandably a crowd-pleaser in Melbourne, but does Benjamin Bonzi have the composure to handle a rowdy atmosphere?

Luke Holmberg isn’t so sure, and he’s looking to utilize the advantage that will be created.

Novak Djokovic vs. Grigor Dimitrov

3 a.m. ET

The big story heading in to this match is the status of Novak Djokovic’s hamstring injury.

Can the 21-time Slam champion overcome the issue and thrive here, or will Grigor Dimitrov push him?

Alexei Popyrin vs. Ben Shelton

3 a.m. ET

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting matches of the round comes between Alexei Popyrin and Ben Shelton.

Popyrin upset the No. 1 American Taylor Fritz last round while Shelton is one of the youngest Americans with the brightest futures. Carcieri breaks it down.

Ekaterina Alexandrova vs. Magda Linette

5 a.m. ET

Wrapping things up is a match that will be on when the biggest of partiers get back for the evening – or morning.

Reid gives his thoughts on this interesting women’s match.

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