We’re into the thick of it at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, witnessing the thrill that comes with the second week of the US Open. The action begins at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, and we’ve still got a decent amount of players to choose from. We take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Daniil Medvedev ($11,200)
It’s ironic we’re talking about fatigue in a US Open match involving Medvedev, and it’s not the Russian that we’re concerned about. Frances Tiafoe is further in a best-of-five tournament than he’s ever been, and just played a grueling five-setter against John Millman four days prior to his meeting with last year’s US Open runner-up. Medvedev is fresh as ever, is the much better player and would roll easily against Tiafoe even if fatigue weren’t a factor.
Viktoria Azarenka ($10,300)
There isn’t much more we can say about how great Vika has been at this tournament, absolutely dominating from the baseline and mixing in some aces with her big serve. She was able to break one of the biggest servers in the women’s draw, Sabalenka, with relative ease and I don’t see an issue with her return game against Muchova, a much less powerful player.
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Tsvetana Prionkova ($7,400)
Look, I get it. Prionkova had a three-year layoff before coming into this Slam. By now, though, she should be getting some respect. She is playing a very average opponent in Cornet, and rides in with incredible numbers on both first and second serve points. She is playing sensationally from the baseline and will out-rally Cornet to rack up breaks. I could even see a clean set bonus, something you don’t normally get at this price.
Matteo Berrettini ($7,800)
This is a unique situation — as I pointed out in my tennis best bets article — but the potential numbers you’re getting at this price are undeniable. Berrettini could very well get you 45-to-50 DKFP without even winning; as I don’t see his big serve getting broken all that often and I predict this match goes five rounds. You should get the ace bonus with Berrettini, and he’s definitely worth a play.
Maria Sakkari ($6,000)
The 25-year-old Sakkari has stayed relatively fresh at this tournament and comes in off a 55-minute win over Amanda Anisimova. The 38-year-old Serena Williams had to go three last match and, two weeks ago at the Cincy Masters, she had to go the distance a bunch, including once against Sakkari — a match she lost. At $6K, a punt price, you’re getting a younger, fresher player who just beat her older opponent a couple weeks ago in the same tennis center. The logic seems sound here, I’d just worry too many people in tournaments follow it.
Others to consider: Vasek Pospisil ($6,700)
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