Australian Open: Day eight bets

  • Last Updated: January 20 2014, 9:22 GMT

Our Andy Schooler and Sky Sports' tennis pundit Barry Cowan are providing their tips for each day's action at the Australian Open.

Nadal: Has only lost one set to Nishikori in five matches
Nadal: Has only lost one set to Nishikori in five matches

Here are their thoughts ahead of Monday's play.

Andy Schooler,

Rafael Nadal & Andy Murray both to win 3-0 at 0.78/1 (888sport, Unibet)

Yesterday was a new low with Makarova's poor effort but at least the outright picture looks healthy following Serena Williams' demise with Eugenie Bouchard a win away from securing a 66/1 payout and 5/1 pick Victoria Azarenka the new tournament favourite. It's now time to keep it simple and I just can't see Nadal or Murray losing a set on Monday. Nadal was superb against Gael Monfils and has lost just one set (back in 2008) in five meetings with Kei Nishikori. While no mug, the Japanese looks set to be overrun. Murray should be way too good for lucky loser Stephane Robert having moved through the gears against Feliciano Lopez in the previous round. The straight-sets double pays almost 4/5 and should be taken.

Other possible bets:

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to beat Roger Federer 3-0 at 7/1 - the Frenchman has yet to lose a set and Federer has yet to play anyone of note. Perhaps Federer isn't done yet but his wins so far in Melbourne have proved nothing and this score - the same as their last meeting at Roland Garros - looks a big price.

Jelena Jankovic to beat Simona Halep at 5/4 - Halep's progress has been overblown and I don't think she should be going off favourite here. All three previous meetings between the pair have gone deep into a final set and the in-form Serb can edge this one at odds-against.

Barry Cowan, Sky Sports

Nadal & Murray to win 3-0 and Dimitrov & Federer to win 3-1 at 28/1

Sharapova, Radwanska & Azarenka to win 2-0 and Halep to win 2-1 at 25/1

  • All Barry's selections are with Sky Bet, who are donating all winnings to his chosen charity, the South West London Young Parkinson's Network.

  • Posted at 1900 GMT on 19/01/2014.