It’s Day 10 of the 2020 US Open and Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev all take to the court to compete for a place in the semi-finals. With incredible tennis expected, here are our tips on who to back.
The 24-year-old Belgian Mertens has only made it to the semi-final stage of a Grand Slam once before but has been in impressive form so far in this tournament. She is yet to drop a set and handily dispatched Sofia Kenin in the previous round.
Her opponent today is two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka. After taking some time out of tennis, she now looks back to her best and warmed up for the US Open by winning the Western and Southern Open.
Mertens is ready to make a name for herself on the big stage, and taking down Azarenka would be a great way to do just that. She should be able to continue her good form and get the win.
These Russian young guns have met three times so far in their professional careers with Medvedev winning in straight sets on each occasion. They’ve both looked impressive so far, and Rublev had an excellent win over Italian Matteo Berretini in the last 16, dropping his first set of the tournament.
Medvedev has yet to drop a set but has probably had the easier draw of the two. He’s currently the favourite to win the tournament and after losing the final last year he will be desperate for another opportunity to take the title.
This will be their first meeting at a Grand Slam, and while Rublev may not yet have what it takes to overcome his fellow countryman, he should be able to up his game enough to take a set off Medvedev for the first time and put some pressure on.
With the Big Three out of the way, no one will be more ready to seize the opportunity than Dominic Thiem. In January, he lost his third Grand Slam final, being beaten by Djokovic in a five-set thriller in Australia and has previously lost two French Open finals to Rafael Nadal.
After beating teenager Felix Auger Aliassime in the last round, Thiem will have to get past another youngster to make it to the semi-final. 21-year-old Australian Alex De Minaur has reached the last-eight stage for the first time, beating Vasalik Pospisil and Richard Gasquet along the way.
He’ll definitely be one to watch for the future, but for now Thiem should be able to take the win with ease in a straight sets victory.
Wednesday’s US Open tips:
- Victoria Azarenka vs Elise Mertens – Mertens to win
- Andrey Rublev vs Daniil Medvedev – Medvedev to win 3 -1 and Over 38.5 Games
- Alex De Minaur vs Dominic Thiem – Thiem to win 3-0 and Under 32.5 Games
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