The US Open is fast approaching its business end, which basically means we are running out of matches, and the ones that are left are getting more and more difficult to call. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be giving it a go!
Yesterday started very well, Pablo Carreno-Busta took out Denis Shapovalov, Julia Goerges and Sloane Stephens went three sets, while Lucas Pouille and Diego Schwartzman contributed over 38 games- just like we called it.
However, just as we dared to celebrate, the two night matches came on and spoilt everything! Garbine Muguruza failed to take Petra Kvitova to three sets, while Mischa Zverev was completely abject in a 6-2 6-2 6-2 loss to Sam Querrey. To be fair, Zverev was troubled by a shoulder injury.
Let’s hope we have better luck today!
Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Dolgopolov (Over 31.5 games at 1.73 0n bet9ja at the time of writing)
Nadal has not been convincing in his opening three matches, taken to four sets by Taro Daniel and Leonardo Mayer. The mercurial Dolgopolov looks to have come to play in New York, scoring impressive wins over Tomas Berdych and Viktor Troicki. We do not think Dolgopolov will upset Nadal (we are not that brave), but he is certainly good enough to stretch the Spaniard. Given the trend of the tournament so far, over 31.5 games is a relatively risk-free choice.
David Goffin vs Andrey Rublev (Over 36.5 games at 1.72)
Goffin is still not firing on all cylinders, as he continues to search for his best form following a nasty ankle injury sustained at Roland Garros. Teenager, Rublev, on the other hand, is enjoying a breakthrough fortnight in New York- the highlight of his campaign being a straight sets win over one of the pre-tournament favourites, Grigor Dimitrov. The intersection of Goffin’s dodgy form and Rublev’s great form should yield a tight contest which should deliver over 36.5 games.
Juan Martin del Potro vs Dominic Thiem (Del Potro to win at 1.68)
Our good friend, del Potro is back in action today. We do not particularly like the odds for del Potro to win- it’s too low, but at 1.68, it is manageable. Del Potro passed his first real test of the tournament when he dismissed Roberto Bautista-Agut in straight sets, while Thiem has looked equally steady all through the opening week. There are still numerous question marks over Thiem’s hard court prowess, and he will be severely examined by del Potro on Monday. We don’t think the Austrian will pass the test.
CoCo Vandeweghe vs Lucie Safarova (Vandeweghe to win at 1.67)
The say ‘don’t change a winning team’, and we are certainly heeding to that advice by sticking to del Potro and Vandeweghe today. They both delivered big time the last time we backed them.
However, we haven’t picked Vandeweghe because of sentiments or any weird formula, but because we truly believe she will win this one. Vandeweghe has always had explosive power, but she has added a stronger mentally, and has also evidently worked on her physical fitness. We believe she is up to something in New York. There is an energy and a connection between the American and the New York crowd, and that could drive her into the quarter finals of the US Open.
Madison Keys vs Elina Svitolina (Keys to win at 1.93 on bet9ja)
Now this is a very risky pick, but one that is well worth it. We actually thought the odds for Keys to win would be higher, given the excellent form Svitolina had been in for virtually the whole year! However, we will take the 1.93 like that! It’s all about Keys power against the wonderful defence and athleticism of Svitolina. If anyone on the WTA Tour can hit through Svitolina, Keys has got to be high on that list. We need her to turn in a performance tonight!
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Have a great day, see you tomorrow!