Australian Open Men's Betting: Monfils and Stepanek to be tested on a baking day in Melbourne

Will the blazing sun be the undoing of Monfils and others today?
Will the blazing sun be the undoing of Monfils and others today?

Temperatures are set to soar at the Australian Open on Tuesday, but after a successful day's tipping on Monday, Sean Calvert is back to find some more value bets...

"Monfils has so far failed to convince that he has the concentration to see out five set matches without going AWOL at some point and Harrison could make this tougher than the prices suggest here."

Lay Monfils 3-0 against Harrison at 2.111/10

It was the perfect start to the 2014 Australian Open on Monday, with all three of my recommended bets proving successful.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez was never in any trouble against an injured and out of sorts Tommy Haas and provided an easy 3.02/1 winner, while Dudi Sela and Jarkko Nieminen fought out the expected five setter and Jordan Thompson did more than enough against the rusty Jerzy Janowicz.

It's set to be even hotter in Melbourne on Tuesday, with the dial set to hit in excess of 40C, which will be an absolute nightmare to play in on the outside courts and many will be hoping the extreme heat policy kicks in so they can stay indoors.

It's fair to assume that Andy Murray won't be looking forward to the heat, but he does have a decent start time of around 5pm local time (6am UK) when it should be a bit cooler, but it'll still be tough going.

Andy's opponent should provide less of a problem than the heat, as Japanese world number 112 Go Soeda has never beaten a top-10 ranked player in 11 attempts and never really been close either.

It's perhaps not the best of matches to bet on, with Murray struggling to regain form after his back operation and the heat won't help the Scot's cause. The +9.5 games on Soeda looks the call at around 1.9420/21 in these circumstances.

It will be tough going today, but easier at 7pm local time when Gael Monfils takes on Ryan Harrison, with the Frenchman looking awfully short to me at around 1.171/6.

Harrison has a rocket of a serve when he's on form and although Lamonf should win this I wouldn't trust him to do it comfortably against the young American, who is yet to come close to fulfilling his potential.

Gael was very impressive in Doha, where he made the final, but he does tend to do well there while his matches at majors seemingly always turn into grinds.

Monfils has played just one three setter in his last 10 Grand Slam matches and just based on that he has to be a lay to win in straight sets at 2.111/10.

Ryan has had some shocking draws in majors, with clashes against Murray, Novak Djokovic (twice), Rafa Nadal, Juan Martin Del Potro, David Ferrer, Robin Soderling, Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon and John Isner in either the first or second round since 2011, but he's taken sets from several, including Murray and Ferrer.

Monfils has so far in his career failed to convince that he has the concentration to see out five set matches without going AWOL at some point and Harrison could make this tougher than the prices suggest here.

Nadal also has a night match and the Spaniard faces an intriguing opponent in Bernie Tomic, who could make things tricky for a while if he serves well, but for someone who once claimed he would be the best player of all time, a 3-19 record against top-10 ranked opponents and 1-12 against top-five players says it all.

There's a few where I fancy the overs today, but the heat puts me off, as I can see some retirements and tanks in the air tonight and I'm not sure I'd trust the 35-year-old legs of Radek Stepanek to land an easy win over Blaz Kavcic in a match that begins in the heat of midday local time.

Kavcic memorably toughed out a five set win in similar heat last year over James Duckworth and had to receive medical treatment after and he won't be afraid to go again if necessary against the Czech veteran.

The Slovenian has been in good form so far in 2014 with wins over Nieminen, Soeda, Albert Ramos and a close loss to Tomic. Laying the 2.47/5 about a 3-0 win for Steps looks the call here.

Recommended Bets
Lay Monfils 3-0 against Harrison at 2.111/10
Lay Stepanek 3-0 against Kavcic at 2.47/5

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