Wednesday’s US Open Tips: Keys and Djokovic to win through?
The US Open quarter-finals conclude this evening with four more enticing match-ups at Flushing Meadows.
Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and co. have already booked their place in the semi-finals. But who’ll join them tonight?
We’ve tipped up the day’s hard court action.
Naomi Osaka v Lesia Tsurenko (Over 21.5 Games) – Even-money
Osaka and Tsurenko are in alien territory at Flushing Meadows. Neither player has ever progressed this far in a Grand Slam.
The pair both went the full distance in their respective fourth round matches, clocking up 32 and 25 games apiece.
We’re expecting something similar tonight in a match that could be fraught with nerves and errors between two players in unknown territory.
Marin Cilic v Kei Nishikori (Over 39.5 Games) – 4/5
Battles between Cilic and Nishikori are rarely straightforward.
The duo have gone all the way in four of their last five matches, excluding the latter’s retirement at Wimbledon in 2016.
Both players have been in fine form this season and breezed through their respective fourth round matches in straight-sets.
It could be long drawn-out affair between the two at the Arthur Ashe Stadium tonight.
Madison Keys to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 2-1 – 11/4
After reaching the final here last year, Keys is looking to go one better this time around.
Last year’s runner-up has shone so far – dropping just a single set en route to her third Grand Slam quarter-final of the season.
Opponent Navara has battled her way through but produced a seismic shock in the last round by defeating Maria Sharapova in straight sets.
We think she’ll push Keys all the way. But as per their three previous meetings, it’s the American who is taken to prevail with a 2-1 success.
Novak Djokovic to beat John Millman 3-1 – 11/4
Our traders didn’t give Millman a chance against Roger Federer on Tuesday night.
But the Australian shocked the tennis world by dumping out the five-time US Open champion in a five-set epic.
That feat is sure to have taken a lot out of the Brisbane native, who had never previously beaten a top-10 seed in his entire career.
Wimbledon champion Djokovic should prove too tough for the gallant Aussie.
Yet we think he has a decent chance of becoming the third man to nick a set off the Serb in the tournament.
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