We’ve reached the men’s semi-finals stage with our US Open tennis predictions and are hoping to land a 15.6 correct score double.
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Casper Ruud to beat Karen Khachanov 3-1 @ 3.9
Khachanov deserves plenty of credit for edging out Pablo Carreno Busta and Nick Kyrgios in five-set epics and will be hard to beat if serving as well here.
However, Ruud was mightily impressive in brushing aside Matteo Berrettini in straight sets and has the better baseline game for whenever he can take the Russian into long rallies.
The French Open finalist has a chance to become world number one at this tournament and seems intent on taking it with both hands.
On the ranking situation, the 23-year-old said: “It’s of course something that all young players dream about. Let’s see if I can accomplish it.
“Of course, it’s a little bit of extra motivation to dig in. If I’m very, very lucky, I can leave New York as world number one.”
Ruud initially found success on clay but has turned himself into an all-court player, with his powerful forehand, consistency and athleticism his main strengths.
Carlos Alcaraz to beat Frances Tiafoe 3-1 @ 4.0
Alcaraz was taken to five sets by Marin Cilic in round four and had to go into the early hours of the morning to see off Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-7 6-7 7-5 6-3, so there has to be a slight fear over the fatigue factor.
However, as the heir apparent to compatriot Rafael Nadal, we’re backing the Spaniard to highlight his physical and mental toughness by digging deep again here.
Of course, Tiafoe has already tamed Nadal, ninth seed Andrey Rublev and number 14 Diego Schwartzman, so the surging American can’t be underestimated.
A strong first serve should ensure he is competitive and two tiebreaks helped him to get on top of Rublev in the quarter-finals.
Home advantage will also aid Tiafoe, but Alcaraz is another player eyeing top spot in the world rankings and still looks a worthy favourite.
The 19-year-old saved a match point in the fourth set and came from a break down in the decider to beat Sinner and commented: “I just believed in myself, believed in my game. I knew to close a match is really difficult, I have to stay in the match, try to stay calm.”
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