With scorching temperatures of 40 degrees expected in Melbourne for day 5 of the Australian Open you will want to be backing players who can deal with the heat and fade those who can't. Expect time on court to already start playing a part even though it's only the third round, simply due to the extreme weather.

 

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M Cilic 3-0 @ $2.02

 

Cilic has a dominant head to head record over Harrison, leading the match up 5-1 with all wins coming in straight sets. They met twice last year (Cilic winning both matches) with their last match being in Tokyo where Cilic won 6-2, 6-0 in a one sided performance. Time on court could start to come into it now as well with the scorching temperatures predicted in Melbourne, and while Cilic has made light work of his opponents Harrison had to struggle hard with a long 5 set match against Sela in round one.

 

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A Seppi @ $1.63

 

With temperatures up to 40 degrees expected in Melbourne for day 5, the time spent on court last match by Ivo Karlovic could come into effect. He had to come through a marathon 5 set match where he won 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 and with another tough matchup against Seppi on the cards here he could be in trouble if the match goes deep.

 

Seppi also comes into this in very good form having not lost a match this year, with a title in Canberra before entering the Australian Open.

 

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E Mertens -3.5 @ $1.95

 

Mertens has been in terrific form this year winning her last 9 matches and a title in Hobart along the way. She has followed on nicely from her form in Luxembourg at the end of 2017 and looks to be on the rise at just 22 years of age.

 

Cornet has a lot more experience on her side and they are very evenly ranked, but she just doesn't have the upside that Mertens has and with previous form struggling in the heat she might find it hard in 40 degree heat on day 5.

 

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