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Tuesday Australian Open Odds and Analysis: Our Best Bets for Round 2 (Jan. 18)

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Darrian Traynor/Getty. Pictured: A general view of Rod Laver Arena and Kia Arena at the Australian Open.

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The first round of play has concluded in Melbourne, and it’s time for the next section of matches.

Round two features a number of intriguing contests, and our analysts have a few plays that they are looking to make.

Here’s how Kenny Ducey, David Gertler and Avery Zimmerman are viewing the day’s slate.

Marta Kostyuk vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo

7 p.m. ET projected start time

Gertler is eyeing Sorribes Tormo in this match due to her ability to grind from the baseline and force a streaky Kostyuk to remain consistent.

If Kostyuk’s form dips for extended periods in this match, that’s going to spell trouble against a relentless worker in the Sorribes Tormo.

Lorenzo Sonego vs. Oscar Otte

7 p.m. ET projected start time

Zimmerman takes a look at one of the upset opportunities of the day, with a rematch of the US Open matchup set to be played.

He talks about why Otte is being undervalued in this position and why this match has the potential to be an incredibly tight one.

Jessica Pegula vs. Bernarda Pera

8:15 p.m. ET projected start time

Pegula has had major success here in the past, but she had to grind to get through her first round meeting with Anhelina Kalinina.

Her inconsistent form is prompting Gertler to evaluate a play on the spread of this match.

Cristian Garin vs. Pedro Martinez

11:30 p.m. ET projected start time

Is this a battle of two clay-court players? Not exactly, says Ducey, who feels as though the assertion is clearly correct for Garin but not as much for Martinez.

He talks about the stylistic differences in the duo’s game that create cause for concern on the Chilean’s side.

Hubert Hurkacz vs. Adrian Mannarino

12:30 a.m. ET projected start time

After both players were able to battle through difficult opening rounds, Hurkacz comes into this round two meeting as a huge favorite.

Ducey believes that’s a bit of a disrespect to Mannarino, who has the craftsmanship to ask questions of the Polish number one.

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