It’s the start of the quarterfinals at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, meaning we’re one step closer to figuring out who our final four will be in both draws. We’ll see a new Grand Slam champion crowned on the Men’s side for the first time in a long time, and there’s still three Americans left in the Women’s draw! The action begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and will go until the end of Wednesday. We take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Serena Williams ($10,300)
It’s strange I’m saying this in the quarterfinal stage, but this may be the most confident I’ve been in Serena all tournament long. Pironkova has been mowing down the competition, but she looked very shaky against Alize Cornet on Monday, failing to serve out the match twice in the set and blowing many leads. A weak service game is going to severely inhibit your chances of beating Williams, who is hard to break and will come at you relentlessly with deep returns. Pironkova should struggle mightily here.
Naomi Osaka ($10,300)
Going from one power player to another, Osaka’s hard, aggressive groundstrokes were impossible to handle in the Round of 16, even for Anett Kontaveit, one of the best players in the draw. She rides in against Shelby Rogers, who really should not have survived against Kvitova if not for the 30-year-old fumbling leads and match points. Osaka will move a lot better and her aggressiveness will not allow Rogers to go for winners the same way Kvitova’s passiveness did. DraftKings Sportsbook has Osaka to win in straight sets at -143, implying there’s about a 59% chance Osaka does it. Pretty solid chance she cruises without dropping a set.
Also Consider: Jen Brady ($9,300), Alex Zverev ($9,200)
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Denis Shapovalov ($8,700)
Shapovalov is the shortest favorite on the slate DraftKings Sportsbook at just under -200 on the moneyline (as of this writing we still don’t have a line on the Azarenka-Mertens match) so that’s why he’s leading off here. I do believe Shapovalov rolls against a similar baseline grinder to the one he played last match, and he’s been helping DFS owners out in the ace department this tournament, hitting the bonus twice. Shapovalov’s serve numbers have been superb over the past two matches, leading me to believe he won’t lose a ton of games on serve and will get you a decent amount of points for aces. I like him at this price, probably more than some high-priced options.
Andrey Rublev ($5,300)
Down in this price range, you are looking for who can pull an upset. Rublev has all the tools, only dropping one set all tournament long. Has he ever won a set against Medvedev, you ask? Well, no, he’s lost 2-0 in all three meetings. Rublev has never been playing as well and as motivated as he is at the moment, still hanging on to a tough loss to Matteo Berrettini from last year’s Round of 16. Everything about his game has looked phenomenal, from the rate of his returns in play to his point construction in service games. He’s hitting lines and hitting them hard. Medvedev is a different beast than anyone he’s played so far, but if you want to take a shot, you might want to take it on one of the strongest-looking players on the slate.
Borna Coric ($5,900)
I don’t believe Coric will win this match, but out of all the top seeds remaining, his opponent Alex Zverev is the most susceptible to a mental lapse. We have seen Zverev fold in big matches at Grand Slams year after year, so this is really a bet against him rather than a bet on Coric. He’s certainly talented enough to hang in rallies; you’re just hoping Zverev’s double-fault demons come out and his confidence goes out the window, leading to oodles of unforced errors. Those things have happened before, so it could be worth taking a look at Coric.
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