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Fantasy Tennis Picks: Top DraftKings DFS US Open Targets for September 3

Kenny Ducey gives his picks for Thursday’s DraftKings fantasy tennis slate, which locks at 11:00 a.m. ET.

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The second round of the US Open rolls on Thursday with a full day of tennis action from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows beginning at 11 a.m. ET. We take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.

Set your DraftKings fantasy tennis lineups here: TEN $60K Line Painter [$15K to 1st] (US)


High-priced options

Madison Keys ($10,800)

Keys looked untouchable in her first match of the tournament, winning 6-1, 6-1 in just 55 minutes. Most importantly, she managed to land 70% of her serves in, winning 92% of her first-serve points. She should be too much to handle for Bolsova, who failed to win her first qualifying match in the Cincinnati Masters and lacks much experience on hardcourts in her career.

Andrey Rublev ($10,500)

I don’t know if there is much reason to spend all the way up in this contest, you can find a guy who will probably post a very similar result to Medvevev in his fellow countryman Rublev, who matches up with Gregoire Barrere ($4,100). Barrere struggled to get his first serve in against Taro Daniel (57%) and won just 53% of second-serve points, which means that he really didn’t dominate from the baseline and also allowed his opponent the opportunity to get aggressive in his service games. I expect Rublev, a very aggressive player, to wreak havoc in his return games and beat up on the Frenchman.

Others to consider: Karen Khachanov ($10,200)


Value flex options

JJ Wolf ($9,200)

Wolfie matches up very well with Roberto Carballes-Baena, who struggles off of clay, and I see no reason why he doesn’t win in straight sets on Thursday, making him tremendous value at $9,200. Carballes-Baena doesn’t have the power to keep up with Wolf, who should dictate points quite easily.

Viktoria Azarenka ($7,500)

Her opponent, Aryna Sabalanka, is just $7,400, telling you all you need to know about how close this match will be. Down in this range, I don’t think you’re expecting players to straight-set their opponents, but if someone can it’s probably the red-hot Azarenka, who comes into the US Open off a win at the Cincinnati Masters (held at the US Open courts). Sabalenka has disappointed in almost every slam she’s played over her career and I think Azarenka prevails here.

Andy Murray ($6,700)

His odds at the Draftkings Sportsbook (+132) indicate that he’s got a very good chance of upsetting Felix Auger-Aliassime ($8,100), and my read on this match is that he has an even better chance than those odds indicate. Don’t be fooled by his close encounter with Yoshi Nishioka in round one, that is more indicative of how tough Nishioka is to knock out rather than Murray’s current level. Auger-Aliassime has the tendency to be an error machine at times, and he hasn’t exactly inspired confidence since the restart.

Emil Ruusuvuori ($8,000)

Ruus has an incredible hardcourt record since the start of last season (76-27) and he only seems to get better each tournament he enters. Ruud, probably should have lost in round one, comes into this one tired off a five-setter, while Ruusuvuori should be the perfect balance of fresh and in form after a decent showing in Cincinnati and almost taking out Matteo Berrettini.

Set your DraftKings fantasy tennis lineups here: TEN $60K Line Painter [$15K to 1st] (US)


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