The first-round action from the US Open closes on Tuesday with another packed schedule of matches. We take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Milos Raonic ($11,300)
Raonic came storming back into the ATP scene with a runner-up finish at the Cincinnati Masters last week. He led by a set against Novak Djokovic but lost a crucial moment in the second set, which eventually unraveled into a third-set defeat. Clay-court specialist Leonardo Mayer is no Djokovic, particularly after a long break from tennis, making Raonic the most compelling selection on this slate.
Andrey Rublev ($10,200)
Rublev has had a fantastic 12 months on the ATP circuit, which includes an impressive 11-match winning streak that resulted in title wins at Doha and Adelaide. That run of form saw him climb to his current ranking of No. 14 in the world. He has good memories of the US Open too. Last year, he reached the round of 16 after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gilles Simon and Nick Kyrgios. In 2017, he also reached the quarterfinals at the US Open.
Serena Williams ($10,700)
Williams was not at her best in the lead up to the tournament. She played five matches at Lexington and Cincinnati, losing in both tournaments on a deciding set. However, this is not a stage to count out Williams. Since her maternity break from tennis, she has reached four grand slam finals, two of which have come at the US Open.
Others to consider: Dominic Thiem ($11,100)
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Roberto Bautista-Agut ($9,600)
As was the case with several other players, Bautista-Agut wasn’t at his best on the court in Cincinnati. However, his skill and fight dragged him out of tough situations. He made the semifinal in Cincinnati, taking Novak Djokovic to a third-set tiebreak in a wildly-fluctuating encounter. He has had a good year, including eight straight wins in January at the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. He will also be keen to end on a high.
Johanna Konta ($9,800)
Konta has had an interesting lead up to the US Open. She had a first-round exit in Lexington but was much more effective in Cincinnati, winning three matches before losing to eventual winner Victoria Azarenka. Fitness concerns during this period didn’t hamper her performance. Against compatriot Heather Watson ($4,600), Konta has a massive advantage.
Karen Khachanov ($8,900)
Khachanov, the world No. 16, has played a few matches to dust off the rust of the lockdown. He won three matches in Cincinnati before losing in the third set to Bautista-Agut. Even though Janik Sinner ($5,900) beat him in straight sets in July, this is a completely different stage. Khachanov will continue to rely on his big serve on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows.
Others to consider: Alijaz Bedene ($7,600)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.