We’re continuing our US Open predictions with four picks on day 10 at Flushing Meadows in New York which will hopefully give us a 13/5 accumulator.
There are no fans present at this year’s grand slam tournament, but that hasn’t stopped players from providing plenty of thrills and spills so far.
Serena Williams to beat Tsvetana Pironkova @ 9/50
Pironkova’s return to action has been a fantastic story but it is hard to see her fairytale having a happy ending. With several major contenders absent, Williams seems to have seized on the chance to secure a historic 24th grand slam success and there was a lot to like about the way she remained cool, calm and collected when dropping sets to Sloane Stephens and Maria Sakkari. With her formidable serve on song, a few easy points here and there can prove decisive.
Daniil Medvedev to beat Andrey Rublev @ 7/25
Medvedev enjoyed smooth, straight-sets wins over his fellow Russian in both meetings on hard courts last year and is tipped to confirm that superiority again here. Rublev impressed when seeing off Matteo Berrettini and will no doubt maintain an aggressive approach, but Medvedev was in a merciless mood against Frances Tiafoe, losing just five games, and the 2019 US Open runner-up is now favourite to go one better this term.
Elise Mertens to beat Victoria Azarenka @ Evens
Azarenka’s resurgence has been amazing but after nine straight wins at the Western & Southern Open and this event, the fear is that some tough matches may finally take their toll. A few cracks appeared as the 31-year-old was pushed all the way by Karolina Muchova and she will have to work even harder to overcome the solid baseline play of Mertens, who should be high on confidence after brushing aside second seed and Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 6-3 6-3.
Dominic Thiem to beat Alex de Minaur @ 1/5
The days of Thiem being considered a clay-court specialist are long gone and he looked supremely confident on the fast Flushing Meadows surface when easing past an in-form Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 6-1 6-1. De Minaur has obviously made good progress since demolished 3-0 by Thiem here back in 2017 but is playing at this stage of a grand slam tournament for the first time and may be overpowered by the second seed’s fierce groundstrokes.
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