Australian Open: Day one bets

  • Last Updated: January 14 2013, 17:29 GMT

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

Hewitt: Can cause an upset against seed Tipsarevic
Hewitt: Can cause an upset against seed Tipsarevic

The event gets under way on Monday (0001 GMT) - here are their thoughts on the opening day's play.

Andy Schooler,

Fabio Fognini to beat Roberto Bautista Agut at 5/6 (Betfred, Ladbrokes)

The Italian claimed a decent win over Grigor Dimitrov in Sydney last week and holds a 2-0 winning record against his opponent. Admittedly Bautista Agut impressed in Chennai recently, but that wasn't on the Plexicushion on show in Melbourne, while he's also had injury issues to deal with since (and during) that final in India.

Barry Cowan, Sky Sports

Cirstea, Goerges, Kerber Paszek & V Williams all to win at 11/2

Ashleigh Barty to beat Dominika Cubulkova 2-0 at 8/1

Dimitrov to beat Benneteau 3-0 & Hewitt to beat Tipsarevic 3-1 at 22/1

Ferrer, Djokovic & Berdych to win 3-0 & Harrison & Bolelli both to win at 17/2

I'm backing home hope Ashleigh Barty to cause one of the upsets of the first round by beat Dominika Cibulkova, who will be struggling for confidence after losing the Sydney International final 6-0 6-0.

As for the men, both the crowd and the momentum will be with Lleyton Hewitt following his recent win in Kooyong, where he cruised to victory over favourite Juan Martin del Potro, while Grigor Dimitrov can overcome Julien Benneteau if he finds the form from his fine run in Brisbane.

  • All Barry's selections are with Sky Bet, who are donating all winnings to his chosen charity, Cancer Research.