Its Spain v USA in this second round match from the Australian Open which sees the World No.5 and 4th seed David Ferrer taking on Tim Smyczek. This is Ferrer’s 11th Australian Open and after easing past Olivier Rochus it’s looking good for him in this tournament.
Ferrer is the solid favourite to come away with a win in this round at odds of 1/80 in Australian Open betting and it’s safe to say his opponent will have a big ask getting past the Spaniard, with Smyczek priced at 14/1 to win.
Its difficult to see Ferrer facing any major problems up against the 25-year-old American although Smyczek did do well to come through qualifying last week, only managing to drop just a single set in the process, after coming past Ivo Karlovic in straight sets. Though Ferrer is a very different opponent for the youngster, and the odds state he will outdo him in straight sets with a 3-0 victory for Ferrer priced at 1/4. The American may scrape one back but it’s difficult to see beyond that, the odds for a 3-1 Ferrer win are tempting at 4/1 though.
It’s likely the Spaniard will get off to a good start and he’s priced at 1/12 in tennis betting to win the first set, with Smyczek at odds of 11/2. Smyczek came past Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, but it’s unlikely he’ll win by that margin here with odds of a 3-0 Smyczek win priced at a huge 50/1.
Ferrer could go far in this tournament and he will no doubt be beaming with confidence after winning the title in Auckland last week. He can be backed to win the Australian Open outright at odds of 28/1, but will of course have the big guns to contend with if he is to go far this year.
David Ferrer 1/80
Tim Smyczek 14/1