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Thursday Australian Open Best Bets: Expert Picks & Predictions For Round 3 Action

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While Day 4 at the Australian Open only concluded around 11 a.m. ET as Andy Murray put the finishing touches on a near six-hour victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis, the action will start right back up again at 7 p.m. ET.

Tennis experts David Gertler, Kenny Ducey, Jon Reid, Carmine Carcieri and Luke Holmberg deliver their best bets for Thursday’s slate of tennis below.

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.

Thursday Australian Open Best Bets

Jannik Sinner vs. Marton Fucsovics

7 p.m. ET

The young superstar is flying under the radar a bit as he continues to progress through less difficult opposition, but he could make a deep run in Australia.

See why Ducey isn’t loving his matchup against Marton Fucsovics, however.

Barbora Krejcikova vs. Anhelina Kalinina

7 p.m. ET

Anhelina Kalinina pulled off an impressive upset win over Petra Kvitova in the first round, but Reid isn’t seeing this match going the same way.

Read on for a breakdown of the match and a rationale behind Krejcikova.

Jessica Pegula vs. Marta Kostyuk

9 p.m. ET

American Jessica Pegula is one of the outside contenders for this event, but she figures to be tested by Marta Kostyuk.

Gertler explains why that isn’t exactly the case.

Coco Gauff vs. Bernarda Pera

10:15 p.m. ET

An American with an even better chance of winning this event – Coco Gauff – takes on fellow American Bernarda Pera.

In this match, Gertler does believe the favorite will be challenged due to stylistic differences.

Yoshihito Nishioka vs. Mackenzie McDonald

10:30 p.m. ET

Mackenzie McDonald comes into this match on the back of the biggest win of his career, against Rafael Nadal.

Does that put him in a prime let down position? Carcieri believes so.

Cameron Norrie vs. Jiri Lechecka

11:30 p.m. ET

A match that could fly under the radar but should feature massive ball-striking and highlight tennis IQ comes in this match.

See why Holmberg is backing the underdog Lehecka to keep things tight.

Karen Khachanov vs. Frances Tiafoe

3 a.m. ET

Kicking off the night session (in Australia), American sensation Frances Tiafoe squares off with Karen Khachanov.

Both are looking to build on their semifinal US Open run, but which player will prevail in this pick ’em?

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Victoria Azarenka vs. Madison Keys

3 a.m. ET

This match will pit two players that absolutely love these conditions against each other. Who has the edge in Azarenka vs. Keys?

Hubert Hurkacz vs. Denis Shapovalov

3 a.m. ET

Another 3 a.m. encounter, another pick ’em that projects to be a great match.

See why Holmberg is looking for the Canadian to put forth an excellent performance.

Daniil Medvedev vs. Sebastian Korda

4:15 a.m. ET

Considering how late things ended on the Wednesday slate, this match should be a great spectacle for early risers in the USA.

Perhaps you won’t even need to be an early riser to catch the end of this, but Ducey is backing the American to succeed here.

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