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We look at an unexpected all-American clash in the Third Round of the Australian Open 2023. Unseeded competitors Tommy Paul and Jenson Brooksby have defied the odds to reach this stage. Who moves ahead?
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Tommy Paul vs Jenson Brooksby – Match Predictions
This may well be a fairly tight match with a place in the Fourth Round beckoning for the victor. It’s Tommy Paul who is the favourite to progress, but here we dig deeper into today’s tennis predictions.
Tommy Paul To Win
There is nothing much to choose between these two Americans fighting it out for a place in the Fourth Round. Of the two, Tommy Paul is slightly higher ranked at 35th in the world, four places above Brooksby.
Paul is the match outright favourite and is just worth a look because of his hard-court abilities. At the end of last season, Paul produced some good results on the surface. He is also up in the head-to-head against Brooksby.
Tommy Paul -1.5 Handicap
Neither of these players have a tremendous amount of Grand Slam experience. But Tommy Paul has the most of the two. Jason Brooksby is playing in his first-ever Australian Open Grand Slam tournament.
He knocked out second seed Casper Ruud in the last round. That was a huge victory in such a high-pressure situation. There could well be a little bit of a come-down after the high levels that Brooksby pushed himself to win that match. For that reason, we just have to side with Paul.
Tommy Paul vs Jenson Brooksby Preview
Having sized up our best tennis predictions for Tommy Paul vs Jenson Brooksby, we now add a little further insight with a look at their current form and AO records.
Tommy Paul came through an epic five-setter against 30th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Second Round. The American player fought back from a 2-1 deficit to turn the match on its head. That came after a straight-sets opening victory in the First Round. This is the second time in four appearances now that Paul has made it through to the Third Round. He has yet to make it further.
The winner of this match will go forward to meet either Andy Murray or 24th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the Fourth Round of the Australian Open. Brooksby, who is on his debut at the AO, knocked over Casper Ruud in the last round. Both of his matches at the tournament so far have been settled in four sets. While never having played at the AO before 2023, Brooksby reached the third round at the US Open last year.
Tommy Paul vs Jenson Brooksby Head to Head
There has been just one previous meeting between Paul and Brooksby. That came in 2022 with Paul winning in straight sets on the hard courts in Cincinnati.
Tommy Paul vs Jenson Brooksby Match Details
When will the match start? The match will start from 3.30 am GMT on Saturday, 21st January
On which court will the match be played? The match will be played on Court 3 in Melbourne.
Where to watch AO 2023 in UK? You can watch Australian Open on Eurosport broadcast and online, or stream it on Discovery +.