We wrap the third round of the US Open on Saturday 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.
Andrey Rublev ($10,800)
Rublev’s power game matches up well with Salvatore Caruso ($4,000), a baseliner, and he should win this match by about 6-8 games. That means lots of points for breaks and not a ton of negative points for games lost. You should pick up the straight-set bonus here with ease and Rublev should pour in 10-15 aces to boot.
Victoria Azarenka ($9,700)
We told you to roster Azarenka in her last match at the attractive price of $7,600 and now you know why. She disposed of Aryna Sabalenka, a top-10 player, like she was a qualifier. She still has yet to lose a set and now faces Iga Swiatek ($5,300), who has had to play two days in a row because of rain and should be a little fatigued. Swiatek is a much better player on clay and I think Azarenka’s elite pace will be too much for her to handle. She, too, should get the straight-set bonus.
Madison Keys ($9,600)
You are paying under $10,000 to get perhaps the strongest-looking player on the women’s side in Keys. Her opponent, Alize Cornet ($5,200), has made it past the third round in a hardcourt Slam just once in her career, all the way back in 2009. This is a player whose record in the past five seasons has been almost exactly 50% and she is due to lose against the first tough opponent she’s faced in New York. In the second round, Keys landed 70% of first serves in and won 80% of her first-serve points, a rate that simply nobody is going to be able to compete with. Cornet is not known for her power and I suspect Keys will hold easily and pick up the breaks needed to cruise by Cornet.
Others to consider: Elise Mertens ($9,900)
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Felix Auger-Aliassime ($8,000)
If you know Auger-Aliassime, you know he runs hot and cold. He can beat himself, spraying his groundstrokes to rack up errors and dumping his second serves into the net. He also can beat top 10 players when he executes his gameplan and hits his targets in rallies, combining consistency and power. He proved his doubters — namely me — wrong in his match with Andy Murray. He was absolutely on his game and constructed every point the exact way he wanted to. Corentin Moutet ($6,800) can be a backboard, which is somewhat of a bad matchup for FAA but he will also be exhausted, having played the tough Dan Evans across two different days. The fresher FAA should win here in four sets, which is not going to make him a top option on this slate but at $8K he’s a great lineup filler.
Marton Fucsovics ($8,200)
Speaking of fatigue, Frances Tiafoe ($6,700) looked absolutely dead after his marathon victory over John Millman. Fucsovics played a five-setter too but looked much more up to the task and boasts a pretty dangerous service game which I think will be the deciding factor with tired legs. He has a 2-0 lifetime record against Tiafoe and to get another winner at $8,200 is a plus.
Others to consider: Alex De Minaur ($8,300), Maria Sakkari ($7,200)
Vasek Pospisil ($5,600)
Down here, you’re looking for low-owned longshots who have the tools to pull an upset. That’s what I see in Pospisil, who has immense talent but has been limited due to injuries in his career. His relentlessness is second to none and he will fight hard against Roberto Bautista-Agut ($9,200), one of the elite baseliners in the game. If you want to take a shot in this price range, I think Pospisil is your guy since RBA is going to be exhausted after a deep run last week, so this one should be close. He also picked up 20 aces last match, a number that should go down against a better returner but a number he can still get up near if this match goes five (which I suspect it will). He’s a good guy to have some shares of.
Others to consider: Sloane Stephens ($5,500)
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