The ATP Tour continues its post-Roland Garros run on Wednesday night with great action across three tournaments in Europe. Most players are now shifting to indoor hardcourts at the ATP 500 St. Petersburg Open and ATP 250 Bett1Hulks Indoors tournament in Cologne, while some have chosen to stay on clay and play at the Forte Village Sardegna Open. There’s tremendous value to be found across the board, so without further ado, let’s take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Daniil Medvedev ($10,400)
Only $10,400 for one of the best hardcourt players on tour? In his home country of Russia? This is a no-brainer for me. You’re getting a good deal on Medvedev because of his recent form, but it’s important to make the distinction that his losses came on clay, where he has never been a good player. He moves now to indoor hardcourts, with more predictable bounces, which caused him to grow frustrated in Germany and France, and where his baseline game works to perfection. He was smashing his racquet at Roland Garros because Marton Fucsovics was afforded extra time to chase down his groundstrokes down the line, but old man Richard Gasquet ($4,500) won’t be afforded the same opportunity.
Reilly Opelka ($10,000)
DraftKings Sportsbook currently projects him as one of the most likely winners on Wednesday (-530), and with good reason. Opelka is at home on indoor hardcourts, the fastest surfaces in tennis, where his dominant serve plays up the most. One of his two main-level titles came indoors and some of his biggest career wins (vs. Roberto Bautista-Agut) came there as well. He will feast.
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Cam Norrie ($6,500)
The World No. 75 was mighty impressive in his first-round win over Taylor Fritz, constructing points brilliantly and hitting his targets all match long. His opponent Miomir Kecmanovic ($8,600) profiles very similarly to Taylor Fritz. He probably possesses a better game than Norrie in short points, but he lacks the rally tolerance that Norrie has. The Brit played plenty of indoor matches in London during the shutdown and can pile up enough aces (16 in R1) to become an attractive play.
Radu Albot ($6,200)
If you don’t remember Albot, he made a name for himself on the tour last season with a meteoric rise up the rankings considering he came out of virtually nowhere as the most successful Maldovan tennis player and won matches with what was a very basic, weak game. What Albot lacked in power and flash he made up for with solid net play and consistent baselining, leading him to push even the best players on tour. He then tumbled hard back to Earth, struggling all the way up to the shutdown before rebounding with some big wins since the restart. Albot looks to be fully functional and is a very short underdog according to DraftKings Sportsbook (+135). He has a great chance to win this match at this price, and even holds a 1-0 record against his opponent, Oscar Otte ($8,900). He’s a great guy to have exposure to.
Others to consider: Laslo Djere ($8,500)
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