U.S. Open Day 10 best bets: Djokovic, Zverev to set up semifinal showdown
Quarterfinal action at the U.S. Open wraps up on Wednesday, when Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev take the court. On the women’s side, 18-year-old sensation Emma Raducanu tries to keep her run going at the expense of Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic.
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Emma Raducanu +2 games over Belinda Bencic (-116)
This is quite simply the tournament of the 18-year-olds. Leylah Fernandez (who actually turned 19 on Monday), handled her quarterfinal moment in expert fashion, upsetting Elina Svitolina in three sets. There is no reason why Emma Raducanu can’t do the same. Sure, she fizzled out at Wimbledon in the fourth round, but it’s clear that the British teenager belongs in New York. If she was going to hit a self-inflicted speed bump, it probably would have happened already. Raducanu may not win the tournament, but if she doesn’t it’s going to take something special to beat her. Although Bencic is capable of it, the Swiss has not been as dominant as her opponent. Raducanu has won all 14 of her sets at this event, not one has gone to a tiebreaker, only one has been more competitive than 6-4, and nine have been 6-2 or better.
Maria Sakkari +2 games over Karolina Pliskova (-120)
Sakkari has been outstanding through three rounds. The Greek faced tough opponents in her first three matches and still put absolute beatdowns on Marta Kostyuk, Katerina Siniakova, and Petra Kvitova. She then outlasted 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu in a high-quality three-setter. This head-to-head series is tied up at 1-1, so the underdog knows she can win. Although Pliskova has been good in New York, too, she needed a third-set tiebreaker against Amanada Anisimova in round two. Also, a night-session match on a day that won’t be overly hot to begin with should slow down the conditions and help Sakkari thwart her opponent’s power game.
Parlay: Novak Djokovic -1.5 sets over Matteo Berrettini and Alexander Zverev -1.5 sets over Lloyd Harris (-112)
Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 3-0 after beating Berrettini in four sets at both the French Open and Wimbledon. The world No. 1 has dropped a set in three of his matches this fortnight, but he has not yet surrendered two. A -1.5 spread should be comfortable. As for Zverev, he has lost only one set this entire tournament (to Jack Sock in the third round). The fourth-ranked German is on a 15-match winning streak that includes Olympic gold and the Cincinnati title. He is 2-0 against Harris and that will likely improve to 3-0 without too much trouble by the conclusion of play on Wednesday.
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