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Fantasy Tennis Picks: Top DraftKings TEN DFS Targets for August 26

Nikhil Kalro gives his picks for Wednesday’s DraftKings fantasy tennis slate, which locks at 11:00 a.m. ET.

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The Cincinnati Masters now moves towards its business stages. The quarterfinals of both draws are scheduled for Wednesday. We break down the players to consider for DraftKings’ tennis slate below.

Set your DraftKings lineups here: TEN $30K Line Painter [$10K to 1st]


High-priced options

Novak Djokovic ($10,300)

Considering Djokovic’s method of operation on the hardcourt, there are two key metrics to analyze. One, his first-serve efficiency. Against Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday, he won 26 of 31 points on his first serve (84%). Two, his second-serve return percentage because he is arguably the best returner in the game currently. He won 20 of 31 points on Sandgren’s second serve, equating to an incredible 65%. This is evidence that Djokovic is slowly finding his rhythm again.

Stefanos Tsitsipas ($10,000)

Tsitsipas would have known that he won’t have many chances on the John Isner serve, but the tiebreak was his opportunity. He claimed both chances and beat Isner 7-6, 7-6. Tsitsipas has had a wonderful 12 months on the professional circuit, climbing rapidly to No. 6 in the world. With many top players not in Cincinnati, here is his chance to solidify his position.

Naomi Osaka ($8,700)

Osaka has had a rollercoaster few months in the WTA scene. It took her a long time to earn her No. 1 world ranking but only a few bad games to lose that title. She is still young and learning to manage her emotions on the court, but her game is still fantastic. She came through her previous round in straight sets, which will afford her a little longer to recover.

Others to consider: Elise Mertens ($9,400).


Value flex options

Milos Raonic ($8,100)

Raonic made easy work of a quality player in Andy Murray on Tuesday, winning 6-2, 6-2. Even though his first serve-percentage was low (53%), he still won 88% of his first-serve points, indicative of a big serve. He was also aggressive with his return style. He managed seven break points and converted four of them to cruise through.

Roberto Bautista-Agut ($6,600)

While Daniil Medvedev ($9,100) is the favorite in this match, it’s hard to ignore Bautista-Agut. The clay court is his specialty but he has also developed his game to stay effective on the hard surface. He has dropped one set in two rounds in this tournament. He came storming back against Karen Khachanov on Tuesday after losing the first set. This won’t be an easy match for Medvedev.

Victoria Azarenka ($7,200)

Azarenka was put under immense pressure by Alize Cornet but her experience and composure was evident as she came through 6-4, 7-5. She withstood the duress on her serve, saving 8 of 11 break points. When she got an opportunity on the second serve, Azarenka remained aggressive, winning 5 of 8 break points. That’s experience. That is what she has over Ons Jabeur ($8,400) in this match.

Others to consider: Maria Sakkari ($6,300)

Set your DraftKings lineups here: TEN $30K Line Painter [$10K to 1st]


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.