The ATP Tour is back! Following a few weeks on the red clay at Roland Garros, most players are now shifting to the more predictable indoor hardcourts at the ATP 500 St. Petersburg Open and Bett1Hulks Indoors tournament, while some have chosen to stay on clay and play at the Forte Village Sardegna Open. Plenty of familiar names are in action on Tuesday across the tournaments, including Andy Murray and Andrey Rublev. We take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Karen Khachanov ($10,800)
It’s tough to fade Khachanov in his home country of Russia here, especially with few options up in this price range that feel like sure things. Khachanov has reached the Round of 16 three out of the four times he’s played this event and should steamroll Australian James Duckworth ($4,600), who looked to be in poor form a month ago at the US Open. Duckworth’s service games leave a lot to be desired, and Khachanov has the game to hit him off the court. I like Karen in two.
Andy Murray ($9,600)
Again, I don’t love the top-tier guys on this slate, but if I were to pay up again it’d probably be for Murray, who has a favorable matchup against the old Fernando Verdasco ($5,800), who prefers clay and is 92-76 on indoor hardcourts over his career. Mix in the fact that he’s 4-13 lifetime against Murray over his career and that he’s only shown face in the Rome qualifiers since the restart, this is a spot where you could make the case to smash.
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Andrey Rublev ($9,200)
Like Khachanov, it’s hard to fade Rublev at home in a decently large tournament in his home country where he reached the quarters last year. Rublev has proven to us over the past calendar year that he simply has no off switch, jumping from tournament to tournament, week after week, and continuing his ball bashing. On the other side of the net stands the very difficult out Vasek Pospisil ($6,000), a skilled net player who is a former World No. 25 and eats hard courts for breakfast. It certainly won’t be an easy challenge for Rublev, but he is currently one of the best players in the world, reaching a career-high in ranking (#10). It’s too hard to pass him up at this price. The courts in Russia are playing wildly fast, which should favor Rublev and his power game and make life more difficult on Pospisil, who doesn’t have a ton of matches under his belt since the restart.
Jeffrey John Wolf ($5,400)
If you don’t remember JJ from the US Open, you’ll quickly be reminded when you google him and see his glorious mullet. Wolf wowed those watching at home with his legit forehand and brilliant point construction, demonstrating a solid level of consistency for his young age. This is certainly an endorsement of Wolf’s skill, but could be more of a fade on Milos Raonic ($9,900), who pulled out of the French Open with an undisclosed injury and whose level appeared to be taking a steep dive at the US Open. A rusty Raonic could put Wolf in a good position to win and therefore make him a worthy punt play despite the fact that he probably won’t have luck breaking Raonic’s big serve much on Tuesday.
Others to consider: Lloyd Harris ($6,700), Laslo Djere ($8,500)
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