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Carlos Alcaraz Garfia has been dubbed the next Rafa Nadal, which might be a slight overestimation of his abilities. But, he has exploded onto the scene this year, having come through three rounds of qualifying to make it to Flushing Meadows.
He was underdog in his opening round against the tricky lefty Brit Cam Norrie, but came out with a very impressive straight sets win (6-4 6-4 6-3). He is now strong favourite against Arthur Rinderknech, who had a gruelling five-sets win in his first round on Monday. This will be Alcaraz’s fifth match in a week here after playing the week previous to qualify, so he’s sure to be a little tired. However, I still see him winning, but not in straights again.
The British number one has been a force to be reckoned with this year, going deep in many tournaments and has afamous Novak Djokovic scalp under his belt now, on what is usually his worst surface. Evans has never played with such confidence before and has come to be one of those players that nobody really wants to play due to the effectiveness of his game.
He came through his opening match convincingly enough, even though he dropped a tight set. Marcos Giron had an easier first round opponent in Antoine Hoang and won it in straight sets. The American will have the crowd behind him and I’m sure he will grab at least a set, but I can’t see him getting over the finish line. Evans to win and both players to win a set is definitely worth a punt for me.
Elena Rybakina has had a consistent year and reached the semi-finals in the Olympics recently. She has had solid results at both Wimbledon and at Roland Garros this year too. She won Monday’s match without breaking a sweat, taking it 6-2 6-3.
Garcia in comparison hasn’t had such an easy ride this season, question marks have come up regarding her game and she struggled in her opener against the Brit Harriet Dart. If Garcia can show any of her previous form, I believe she can push the Kazakhstani here. I see a little bit of value here and I’m going with Rybakina to win in three sets.
* All match times are approximate and some will depend on the finish of games being played before them.
16:00 Carlos Alcaraz v Arthur Rinderkncech: Alcaraz To Win 3-1 In Sets
16:00 Marcos Giron v Dan Evans: Evans To Win And Both Players To Win A Set
18:00 Elena Rybakina v Caroline Garcia: Rybakina To Win 2-1 In Sets
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