We’re down the home stretch of three great tournaments going on in Men’s Tennis in Europe. Most players have been playing on indoor hardcourts at the ATP 500 St. Petersburg Open and the ATP 250 Bett1Hulks Indoors tournament in Cologne, while some have remained on clay following Roland Garros and are playing the Forte Village Sardegna Open. There’s tremendous talent priced very cheaply, which should make for a fun slate. Without further ado, let’s take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Andrey Rublev ($10,500)
A title in his homeland of Russia, at an ATP 500 no less, is clearly in sight with Thursday’s departure of Daniil Medvedev and shaky performance by Karen Khachanov. A motivated Rublev has been a near-impossible player to stop in 2020, and as solid as Cam Norrie ($4,500) has been from the baseline in this tournament, he will get absolutely overpowered by Rublev’s ball bashing; his game is not well-equipped to diffuse power, if anything he’ll actually play right into Rublev’s hands with plenty of short balls. All this is to say that no, I don’t see the highest-priced player having any issues, and if you’re paying up he’s the surest thing on the slate. He looked tremendous in a battle with the red-hot Ugo Humbert on Wednesday and is poised to run all the way to the final without dropping another set.
Alex Zverev ($10,400)
As well as things are going for Rublev in his home tournament, they might be going even better for Zverev, who is well-rested and appeared to quickly adjust to hardcourts in his 6-4, 6-1 win over Fernando Verdasco last round. Lloyd Harris ($4,700) is a very talented young player, especially on this surface, but after coming through qualifiers and surviving four very tight sets, he is set up for a big letdown in this match. Harris seemed visibly gassed and in some pain last match, taking a medical timeout, and I don’t think we will see his A-game in this one. What’s more, his serve has been incredibly breakable this week and that is trouble against someone with as dominant a serve as the German. I like Zverev in straight sets here.
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Reilly Opelka ($7,500)
Did anyone see Reilly Opelka’s last match? Apparently no one took notice, judging by this price. The big American (literally big, he’s 6’11”) came back from a set down against World No. 6 Daniil Medvedev, in enemy territory in Med’s home country of Russia, for the biggest win of his career. Opelka arguably has never looked better, serving well against one of the game’s most skilled returners and out-rallying the Russian. It was a stark contrast to the first set, where he was shockingly broken several times. If Opelka carries forward his form from Wednesday, he’ll be a tough out the rest of the way. Borna Coric ($7,700) doesn’t have any weapons, while Opelka possesses the biggest weapon in the tournament with his serve. That’s good enough reason to take someone at this price, especially when you consider he’ll surely hit the ace bonus.
Radu Albot ($5,000)
I still have faith in Radu, who looks in this tournament to be back to playing the brand of tennis we all fell in love with last summer. He’s been so mentally sound, executed his gameplans to perfection, and played extraordinarily at the net. He can absolutely win his match with Felix Auger-Aliassime ($9,900), a player who wilts in the face of consistency. That’s Albot’s calling card, and he’ll definitely push the Canadian to the brink on Friday.
Others to consider: Albert Ramos-Vinolas ($7,000)
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