Could higher ranked Alexander Bublik get upset by the older, more experienced Christopher O’Connell when they meet on Monday night? Is blossoming world No. 36 Jannik Sinner a lock to win his round of 32 matchup? Will the unheralded Soonwoo Kwon advance again after winning an all-out thriller in his opener?
With the 2021 Great Ocean Road Open now underway, it’s time to find some great ATP Tour tennis betting value. The ATP Tour 250-level event is going down all week long in sunny Melbourne at the home of the Australian Open. Let’s take a closer at the upcoming matches so you can bet against their Tennis odds.
Tennis Betting Predictions for the 2021 Great Ocean Road Open
Christopher O’Connell Vs Alexander Bublik
26-year-old world No. 121 Christopher O’Connell got past Dominik Koepfer 5-7. 6-4, 6-1 in his opener on Monday while 23-year-old world No. 45 Alexander Bublik got bye in the Round of 64. While Christopher O’Connell recorded a 7-6 (6), 7-5 win over Bublik in their only head-to-head meeting at qualifying event in Burnie, Australia in 2017, now Bublik is the far more accomplished player at the ATP Tour level.
Bublik is the young, bigger, stronger and simply, more talented player in this matchup and will get the revenge he’ll be looking for after losing their only career meeting four years ago when he was a baby-faced 19-year-old.
Pick: Alexander Bublik in 3 Sets
Miomir Kecmanovic Vs Soonwoo Kwon
21-year-old world No. 42 Miomir Kecmanovic got a first round bye into this match while 23-year-old world No. 97 Soonwoo Kwon got past Andrej Martin 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4) in a thriller in his opener. While Kwon showed some impressive grit in winning his round of 6 meeting the last time out, the South Korean is a modest 18-18 in 36 career ATP Tour level matches. While that dead-even mark is pretty encouraging, I don’t think it’s going to be enough to get past Kecmanovic who has gone 41-37 with one title since turning pro in 2017. While these two have never met before, I feel like an upset is brewing in this one as the lower ranked Kwon gets the win after his confidence-boosting, tournament-opening win over Martin. I’m going with Soonwoo Kwon for the upset in his second three-set thriller!
Pick: Soonwoo Kwon in 3 Sets
Aleksandar Vukic Vs Jannik Sinner
World No. 195 Aleksandar Vukic got past Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 7-5 in his opener but now has to face the blossoming Jannik Sinner.
The 24-year-old Vukic is 0-2 in his only two career ATP Tour level matches while the 19-year-old Sinner is 30-21 with one career title. While these two have never met before the world No. 36, Jannik Sinner, is by far, the more talented player – with better shot-making skills. Sinner has one of the brightest futures of any young player on the ATP Tour and this looks like a match the Italian should cruise to victory in!
Pick: Jannik Sinner in Straight Sets
Max Purcell Vs Karen Kachanov
World No. 238 Max Purcell took out Norbert Gombos 6-4, 6-4 in his opener The 22-old gets the privilege of facing world No. 20 Karen Kachanov. By comparison, Purcell is 0-2 in two career ATP Tour level matches while Kachanov has gone 139-112 with four titles since turning pro in 2013. The 24-year-old Kachanov is only two years older than Purcell, but has the big edge in power as he stands 6’6″ to Purcell’s 6’1″, not to mention a huge edge in experience. No way does Kachanov lose this match, though I expect this one to go the distance.
Pick: Karen Kachanov in 3 Sets