Australian Open Day Three Tips & Odds | Top seeds looking to remain on course

Jamie Shaw in Tennis Betting Tips 20 Jan 2022
Carlos Alcaraz in action (Photo by USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Second Round action commences at the 2022 Australian Open on Wednesday as a number of big hitters look to remain in the running for glory in Melbourne.

Twenty-five of the 31 seeds have safely come through the First Round of the season’s opening Grand Slam in the men’s draw, while 26 of the 32 seeds are left standing in the women’s draw.

Day Three features a host of star names returning the court, including 2009 champion Rafael Nadal, ATP Tour Finals winner Alexander Zverev, reigning women’s champion Naomi Osaka and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty.

The action gets under way from 12am GMT and we’ve picked out our top betting tips across Day Three at Melbourne Park.

Australian Open Day Three tips

Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz got off to a flying start by defeating Alejandro Tabilo in straight sets on Day One, and the 18-year-old now comes up against Serbia’s Dušan Lajović.

Alcaraz, seeded in only his second appearance at the Australian Open, is bidding to follow up his landmark run to the Quarter-Finals of last September’s US Open, having won the Next Generation ATP Finals in November for the loss of just one set.

After spending less than two hours on court in his First Round rout of Tabilo, Alcaraz comes into this match full of confidence and with plenty in the tank to launch a potentially deep run in the competition.

Lajovic, on the other hand, needed a fifth set decider to edge out Marton Fucsovics in a marathon battle, and the 31-year-old could find it tough going against an opponent who is being likened to Rafael Nadal.

The value here looks to be on Alcaraz to make it back-to-back whitewash wins at odds of 5/6 with Bet365 for a 3-0 sets scoreline.

Wang Qiang pulled off one of the most notable scalps of the First Round in the women’s draw as she defeated 18th seed Coco Gauff in straight sets.

The 30-year-old was a quarter-finalist in the 2019 US Open and was ranked as high as world number 12 at that time, but after missing both Wimbledon and the US Open last year, her ranking has tumbled to world number 106.

That is perhaps not a true reflection of either her form and ability, and she goes into her Second Round tie with Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck as the 11/8 outsider.

Van Uytvanck has not been beyond the Second Round stage of a Grand Slam since the 2018 Wimbledon Championships and could have her work cut out if she is to bring an end to that drought.

It’s difficult to see past the vast majority of top seeds safely progressing to the Third Round, and we’ve picked out a tasty 15/1 eight-fold with Skybet comprising of match win and correct set score predictions.

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