We’re on to the third day of the Vienna Open in Austria and the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The former is a 500-level indoor hardcourt event which kicked off Monday, the latter an ATP 250. We’ve got more big names on the slate Wednesday, from Daniil Medvedev ($10,600) and Novak Djokovic ($10,200) to Felix Auger-Aliassime ($7,900). With a plethora of options to choose from, let’s take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Daniil Medvedev ($10,600)
Yes, it is difficult to trust the Russian with the way he’s played over the course of the entire season, really, but Jason Jung ($4,000) is not going to be the one to do him in this week. You’d have to go back to New York in February to find the first couple of Top 100 players that Jung has beaten, and then almost an entire year to find his last quality win before that. Medvedev should work him well and serve with ease against a pretty average returner in Jung, who has no real weapons to speak of.
Novak Djokovic ($10,200)
Djokovic’s opponent Borna Coric ($4,600) has been playing some great tennis over the past month or two, which will likely drive down Djokovic’s ownership here along with his price. I’m buying the greatest player in men’s tennis, though, shrugging off Monday’s “close” encounter, a straight-sets win, as nothing more than a meeting between two close friends who know each other’s games so well. Filip Krajinovic always plays Djokovic close, but Coric does not. The Croat is winless in four tries against the World No. 1 and has never taken a set off of him. I’m confident backing the Djoker here.
Also Consider: Jannik Sinner ($9,800)
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Alexander Bublik ($8,300)
I see this as an absolute smash spot for Bublik, a player who’s always had top-tier talent but questions about his focus level and motivation. Playing in his home country of Kazakhstan, we should get the best Bublik possible. The 23-year-old showed us what he could do when highly engaged in Hamburg, nearly reaching the semifinal of an ATP 500 but falling in three sets to one of the best clay players in the world. Mackenzie McDonald ($6,800) just lost to Bublik in Saint Petersburg this month and I’d expect a repeat of that result.
Jan-Lennard Struff ($5,000)
OK, this one seems a little bit out there considering Struff meets Stefanos Tsitsipas ($9,500) on Wednesday, but hear me out. Struff beat Tsitsipas twice last season and took him to three sets this year in Dubai. The big-serving German has been playing some of the best tennis of his career over the past year and his power always plays up indoors. He will once again be a handful for Tsitsipas, who hasn’t played on a hardcourt since the U.S. Open. Seeing serves fly at him the way they will off Struff’s racquet will be hard to pick up at first, and I think Struff at least wins a set. He’s a great guy to take a stab at this price because of his high floor, due to his high percentage of service games won and his ace count.
Others to consider: Vasek Pospisil ($7,200)
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