Australian Open second-round picks: Kyrgios to record another easy win
The Australian is likely to make it two straight-set victories in succession, while a slew of other favourites should also progress in Melbourne
Many people are expecting big things from Nick Kyrgios this year and the exciting Australian should have no problems dispatching Pablo Cuevas.
Clay court specialist Cuevas has a losing record on hard courts and will not relish playing the attack-minded Kyrgios.
The 20-year-old was a comprehensive three-set winner in his first-round match and should make it six sets in a row on Wednesday.
Andreas Seppi has beaten Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt in his last two Australian Opens and the experienced Italian should ease past world No. 69 Denis Kudla.
Kudla was two sets up before Filip Krajinovic withdrew from their first-round match with injury. Prior to that, though, the Ukrainian had lost three of his last four openers in grand slams.
Back Seppi to record a 290th career win on Wednesday.
Few players on the ATP tour are playing as solidly as Roberto Bautista Agut right now, with last week’s Auckland champion winning 11 of his last 14 matches.
Despite scraping through in five sets, Agut looked sharp in his first round against Martin Klizan and should have no problems negotiating a less dangerous opponent in Dusan Lajovic.
Lajovic has only ever won six matches at grand slam level and that record will not improve against the Spaniard.
Noah Rubin’s win over Benoit Paire was one of the shocks of the first round, but another win is unlikely for the world No. 328.
Pierre-Hughes Herbert is known as one of the most promising young players in the world and is equipped with solid groundstrokes and a deadly serve.
Herbert used these attributes to blast through Pablo Andujar and the Frenchman will do so again in round two.
Gilles Simon has made a living beating players ranked lower than he is and should have no problem dismantling Evgeny Donskoy.
After showing signs of a promising career, Donskoy has struggled in recent years and won just six ATP Tour matches in 2015.
Simon has progressed past the second round in seven of the last eight slams will progress here.
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