Play begins tonight and through the early hours in the first major of 2014 and Sean Calvert is back to select the best bets in today's Australian Open matches...
"Haas was beaten in two by Jack Sock last week in Auckland and struggled with illness and a bad shoulder during that encounter and if today's opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is in the mood he could really trouble the German."
There are 32 matches scheduled for what is forecast to be a stiflingly hot day in Melbourne on day one of the Australian Open and as usual there are plenty of short priced favourites if that's your thing.
Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Stan Wawrinka all begin their campaigns today and look good things, but there could be trouble for a few other seeds.
Jerzy Janowicz has been struggling with a foot injury and has had very little court time ahead of tomorrow morning's 6am UK time clash with young Aussie Jordan Thompson. JJ was beaten comfortably by Alex Dolgopolov in his only match this year and he'll need to improve to land the 2.56/4 about a 3-0 win over the 19-year-old.
Thompson showed he can play a bit in Kooyong where he beat Juan Monaco and took a set off Richard Gasquet. He'll have the crowd well behind him and well oiled at that time in the evening and I see no reason why he can't trouble the struggling Pole.
One match that looks like it will surely go long is Dudi Sela vs Jarkko Nieminen which begins proceedings on Court 7 at midnight UK time.
Nieminen has had a slow start to his 2014 campaign and loves a long match, with two five set slugs here last year and another at the US Open. His record here is poor and not since 2008 has he bettered the second round.
Sela is coming here in confident mood after making some adjustments to his racquets and some work on his style in the close season that may well have paid off if wins over Lukas Lacko and Mikhail Youzhny in Chennai are an indication. The over 37.5 games looks good here.
Another one that looks to have the makings of a long one is the 8am UK time clash between crowd favourite Marcos Baghdatis and Denis Istomin.
Baggy disappointed last week when he had a fine chance to go deep in Auckland at 65.064/1 but lost to lucky loser Steve Johnson and allowed Yen Hsun Lu to make the final instead and he may need the full five sets to get the better of Istomin.
But another seed who may well struggle is Tommy Haas, who has had barely any court time ahead of this event and approaching his 36th birthday how much has he got to give in seriously hot conditions?
Haas was beaten in two by Jack Sock last week in Auckland and struggled with illness and a bad shoulder during that encounter and if today's opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is in the mood he could really trouble the German in a clash of the one-handed backhands.
GGL played excellently in defeat in a high quality encounter against David Ferrer in Auckland last week and a repeat of that form could see him prove a good back-to-lay bet at least at around 3.02/1.
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