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Australian Open Picks for Men’s Singles January 18

Hayley Graham

by Hayley Graham in Tennis

Updated Jan 18, 2023 · 2:13 PM PST

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina hitting a forehand during a tennis match.
Sep 4, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain hits to Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day seven of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
  • The 2023 Australian Open continues tonight in Melbourne
  • Ten matches will be played for men’s singles play
  • Take a look below for Australian Open odds followed by three Men’s Singles picks

With the timezone difference, the 2023 Australian Open is live in the evening and overnight for those on ET time. Tonight, the ten matches that will be played before midnight eastern, begin at 7 pm. See our top Australian Open picks from these matches here.

Australian Open Odds – Men’s Singles January 18

Matchup Odds
Jeremy Chardy vs [25] Dan Evans +500 / -800
[30] Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Tommy Paul +155 / -195
Jenson Brooksby vs [2] Casper Ruud +225 / -300
[5] Andrey Rublev vs Emil Ruusuvuori -425 / +290
Ben Shelton vs Nicolas Jarry -145 / +115
[23] Diego Schwartzman vs J.J. Wolf +145 / -185
Michael Mmoh vs [12] Alexander Zverev +425 / -650
Denis Kudla vs Uga Humbert +175 / -230
[8] Taylor Fritz vs Alexei Popyrin -850 / +525
[14] Pablo Carreno Busta vs Benjamin Bonzi -280 / +210

Odds as of January 18th at Caesars Sportsbook

Andrey Rublev leads the way as the biggest favorite in the Australian Open odds as he’s -425against his opponent Emil Ruusuvuori, but there are some key matchups happening that could change the forecast of the later rounds.

As we’re getting deeper into the tournament, the Australian Open odds are starting to shift, as there have been some upsets and early-round knockouts.


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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Tommy Paul Prediction

The Spaniard and American will go head-to-head for the first time in their careers on Wednesday. The two are set to take to Court 7 at the Australian Open at 7 pm ET.

Neither player had an easy first-round match. Davidovich Fokina took the full five sets to win, while Paul had a set go to a tiebreak.

On route to his win, Davidovich Fokina recorded 69 winners, along with seven aces, and only three double faults. He was locked in with his serve.

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Paul managed to record 45 winners en route to his first-round win over Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff. He too had a strong serve during the match. He blasted an impressive 20 aces, with just one double fault.

These two match up pretty well, making for what should be an exciting match. The match could go either way, so look for the distance as the best bet for your Australian Open picks.

Best Bet: Over 4.5 sets (+240)

Ben Shelton vs Nicolas Jarry Prediction

Shelton and Jarry will face off tonight at 9 pm ET at 1573 Arena at the Australian Open. This will be the first meeting between the two.

Shelton is the young American that could be having his breakout tournament on one of the biggest stages. The 20-year-old defeated Zhizhen Zhang in five sets in the first round, recording 66 winners, while blasting 18 aces.

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The American has never competed in the Australian Open before, and has the ability to make an unexpected deep run here.

Jarry, a qualifier has earned his way to the second round after winning three qualifying matches and his first round.

Much like his second-round opponent, Jarry was strong on serve, dishing out 21 aces with no double faults, while recording 49 winners.

Something to note in this match is that Shelton’s just played the one match, as Jarry has had to play four. The fatigue shouldn’t set in just yet, but it is possible it starts to show. With a possibility of two weeks of main draw play, the Grand Slams always test everyone’s ability to stay sharp.

This should be a fun match to watch.

Best Bet: Shelton 4-1 (+370)

Diego Schwartzman vs JJ Wolf Prediction

Schwartzman and Wolf will face each other tonight at 9 pm ET on Court 3 at the Aussie Open. This will be their first career meeting.

Surprisingly, Schwartzman is the underdog heading into this match with +145 moneyline Australian Open odds. The Argentinian did withdraw from the ASB Classic last week due to injury, and that might be part of the reason. But the World No. 26 shouldn’t be written off in your Australian Open picks, he’s had his fair share of success at the Grand Slam level.

America’s Wolf is playing great tennis at the moment. The 24-year-old Ohio State alum turned pro in 2019 and is slowly making waves in the tennis world. He will be looking to make the third round of a Grand Slam for the third time already in his short career.

But Wolf has no experience at the Australian Open, and that’s where Schwartzman can take advantage. With Wolf coming in as the favorite, there might be some pressure there that he hasn’t felt before, and could work in the Argentinian’s favor.

Best Bet: Schwartzman (+145)

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