Souza vs Sinner: prediction for the Australian Open
Joao Souza lost in the final qualifying round match to Radu Albot (4-6, 4-6), but nevertheless made it to the final draw of the Australian Open as the lucky loser. Souza hasn't appeared at such big tournament for a while due to several injuries. His best result at this major is the third round of the competition.
Jannik Sinner was excellent at the ATP Cup at the start of January and won all of his matches in straight sets. He defeated Max Purcell (6-1, 6-3), Arthur Rinderknech (6-3, 7-6), and Roman Safiullin (7-6, 6-3). Sinner hasn't ever passed the second round of this tournament, but he is on top form, and we expect him to do well at the Australian Open this year.
In the last 5 matches, Souza didn't play any tie-breaks.
Sinner has played over 9.5 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
The only match between these two players was close. Sinner is the favourite, but Souza won't give in without a fight. The Portuguese player can create problems for Sinner and win at least one set.
Our prediction - total over 28 games
We believe that this will be a close match, and that Souza will be able to maintain the handicap of 9 games that is offered on him.
Our second prediction- handicap (+9) to Souza