Aces in the Hole: DFS Tennis Picks for January 13

The Aces in the Hole article is back as the first Major of 2019 season is here as we go down under for the Australian Open and a 10:15 pm ET lineup lock. The Aces are now 33-13 all-time and we definitely don’t play it safe with the massive favorites here. My basic lineup construction in all formats is to focus on the mid-range with one moderate underdog in a lineup and fill in with favorites. There will always be exceptions but that’s my base starting approach for every build. Make sure to jump into VIP Chat for any questions and I’ll be dropping the rest of my player pool.

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(Slate Locks at 10:15 pm ET)

ACES ALL-TIME RECORD: 33-13 (71.7%)

Kyle Edmund ($6,300) – Let’s just start with my favorite deep-discount on the slate in 13th seeded Kyle Edmund. Despite his seeding, Edmund is a +175 underdog to Berdych, who reached the final of Doha last week. Edmund has lost two straight but I’m going to defend it by saying the last was his first match of the year after the break and the other broke a five-match winking streak that included a tournament win at the end of 2018. Edmund also serves well and should pop some aces to build a floor and I think he’s underpriced at $6300 for a player of his caliber even in a tough matchup.

Annett Kontaveit ($10,100) – With the big pay down up front, I can spend up a little here and while I like her quite a bit, the models love Kontaveit tonight against Sorribes Tormo. Kontaveit is now ranked 20th in the world and hasn’t lost to anyone out of the top-60 (which Sorribes Tormo is) since last years Wimbledon. Her odds also are pretty good for the price at -625 against a player who has won just two of her last seven matches on hard courts.

Andrea Petkovic ($8,000) – The mid-range is actually pretty thin on opening day but my first thought in the range is Petkovic. She has 1-1 head-to-head record against her opponent Begu but she’s in the far superior form. She’s 12-5 over her last 17 and hasn’t gone one-and-done in any of her last three tournaments. Begu is 2-6 in her last right and has beaten only one opponent ranked higher than her since July. As far as mid-range options, Petkovic is at the top of my list of options who could win in straight sets.

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