Best of 5 Australian Open Day 2 Predictions Including Nick Kyrgios vs Milos Raonic

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Day 2 at the Australian Open sees fan favorites Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Stan Wawrinka, and Nick Kyrgios kickoff their slam campaigns. Our panelists break down all the action.

Martin Klizan vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Steen Kirby: Tsonga broke out as a star when he reached the final in Melbourne. He’s years removed from that result though and as a more pedestrian opponent he takes on the streaky Klizan who can play great tennis but fails to fire consistently. Tsonga should grind out a challenging win here. Tsonga in 5

Eric Han: Both players are experienced veterans, and whilst Tsonga is not the player as he once was, I do expect him to win the match. Tsonga in 4

Yesh Ginsburg: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the better player, but there’s no telling what type of form he is in right now. Klizan is no pushover anymore either. I’ll take the lesser-known player, but I won’t call it an upset. Klizan in 4

Stan Wawrinka vs Ernests Gulbis

Steen: Two highly skilled players that are far from their best at present. Gulbis has been a disappointment in his career, while Wawrinka has overcome injuries as he tries to rebuild his career at a late stage. Wawrinka’s success in Melbourne will help boost him here and he’ll add to his career results with a win. Wawrinka in 4

Eric: Wawrinka has never lost in the first round here at Melbourne, and even though Gulbis may be a tricky player, I do see the Swiss winning in the end. Wawrinka in 4

Yesh: Gulbis has moments of brilliance and a world of talent, but he’s not one of the best players anymore. Wawrinka is slowly returning from injury, and should win this match. Wawrinka in 3

Nick Kyrgios vs Milos Raonic

Steen: Kyrgios is in terrible form and unfocused like usual. That said, this is a grand slam and a huge stage for the Aussie, who always plays up (or down) to the competition and the moment. Kyrgios will test Raonic and there will be tiebreaks. Raonic should win those tiebreaks and edge the home favorite to perhaps start a deep run. Raonic in 5

Eric: Neither player deserves to lose in the first round here, but that is how the draw goes. Kyrgios loves to play in front of his home crowd and is always on another level when he plays at the Australian Open, therefore Kyrgios will most likely win this match. Kyrgios in 4

Yesh: Nick Kyrgios is one of the most talented players on the planet, but his game is an absolute mess right now. He’s going to lose this match and drop out of the Top 70. Raonic in 3

Filip Krajinovic vs Marco Cecchinato

Steen: Krajinovic is a capable player but he’s streaky and lately he’s been on a cold streak. Cecchinato is not as good on hard courts (and grass) compared to clay but he’ll be good enough to win this one. Cecchinato in 4

Eric: Both players have played each other six times, and their record is tied 3-3. Cecchinato is more known for his clay surface prowess and not really for his hard court game. As Cecchinato is the seeded player, I can sense an upset for Krajinovic to beat the Italian Cecchinato. Krajinovic in 3

Yesh: Each of these players has had a brilliant run in the last 18 months, but neither is particularly consistent. This match should be fun. On clay, I would take Cecchinato. But this isn’t on clay. Krajinovic in 4

Benoit Paire vs Dominic Thiem

Steen: Thiem struggled to start the year but he’s still a better (and more consistent) player than Paire. I expect the Austrian to start slow before finding a way to get past Paire’s tricky backhand centric game. Thiem in 4

Eric: This match can go either way as Thiem has not been that successful at the Australian Open compared to his results at other slams. I will be conservative in this match and will go for Thiem to win in four tight sets.  Thiem in 4

Yesh: Benoit Paire can perform magic with his racket, but he hasn’t been anywhere near his best in a while. Give me the in-form Thiem, easily. Thiem in 3

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