It’s a new week of tennis, and with that comes another massive slate. The second slate of this tennis DFS week has 32 matches with ATP and WTA players in action. We have thoughts on Alex De Minaur and Hyeon Chung, so let’s dive in.
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Alex De Minaur (DraftKings $9,200; FanDuel N/A)
Alex De Minaur has played some stellar hard court tennis in 2019, with a 20-8 record on the surface. He captured titles in Sydney and Atlanta, while also making it to the round of 16 at the US Open. While he might not have the most flashy playstyle, his defense is next to Novak Djokovic’s level. Alex is a tough out for any opponent, and I think he has a decent chance to compete for the title in Zhuhai this week.
De Minaur has a first round matchup against his fellow countryman, John Millman. Millman has not been great in ATP level matches on hard courts this year, with a 10-12 record. He is just 2-6 against top-50 players, with both wins coming in a hometown tournament. His recent outing at the U.S. Open made him drop 30 ranks due to an unfortunate draw, but either way, his level of play hasn’t been great. Surprisingly, this will be their first meeting against each other, and I think De Minaur will take it in straight sets.
Hyeon Chung (DraftKings $8,800; FanDuel N/A)
Hyeon Chung is slowly getting back to top form after multiple injury issues over the last two years, and that’s bad news for the rest of the tour. Chung is one of the best players in tennis when he’s firing, and I think the +2000 price tag for him to win this tournament is worth betting on. He is 14-6 on hard courts this season on both tour levels, and he made it to the third round of the US Open. Chung actually put up a decent fight against Rafael Nadal in that match, winning 64% of service points while only getting broken four times.
Chung is going up against Joao Sousa, the ATP world number 64 from Portugal. Sousa is coming off an impressive tournament in St. Petersburg. He reached the semifinals before falling just short to Borna Coric in three sets. However, his match against Coric showed that he struggles against the game’s top players. He faced 17 break points in that match and eventually got blown out of the water 6-1 in the third set. These two have faced each other once, with Chung coming out on top 6-4 6-3, and I expect the same result today.
Miomir Kecmanovic (DraftKings $8,400; FanDuel N/A)
Miomir Kecmanovic has broken through the ATP rankings over the last 12 months, jumping 120 spots to his current ranking of 48. He is 13-9 in ATP tour level matches on hard courts while taking down nine top 100 players. His most impressive run was in Cincinnati, where he took out both Felix Auger Aliassime and Alexander Zverev back to back. He has a solid game to be able to compete against some of the best in tennis, and I hope to see that again today.
Kecmanovic is going up against Casper Ruud, the ATP world number 60. Ruud broke through the rankings a few months ago due to a successful clay court swing, but his game hasn’t developed on the hard courts quite yet. He is 11-11 in 2019 with an 0-4 record against top-50 players. He did manage to take a set off of Borna Coric last week, but the Croatian showed what it takes to win on the hard courts. Casper is a solid player, but he isn’t ready to compete with the best on hard courts just yet.
Possible upset/value plays: Tennys Sandgren (DraftKings $7,100; FanDuel N/A)
Tennys Sandgren is one of the most frustrating players to watch at times due to his mentality, but he has been somewhat consistent as of late. Sandgren made it to the third round of the US Open, defeating Jo Wilfried Tsonga along the way. He is 11-13 on the hard courts in 2019, with a title win in Auckland in January. It’s tough to bet on Sandgren in tennis DFS and I never thought I would, but this seems like another trap spot for his opponent.
Sandgren has a first round meeting with Andy Murray, the three time grand slam champion. Murray has had terrible injury issues over the last few years, which has caused him to almost quit the sport that he loves. He is known to be a part of the “Big Four” of this generation of tennis, but in the end he isn’t the player he once was. Murray is 0-4 in ATP tour level matches this year, including a straight set loss to Sandgren last month. I’m sure Murray will be a popular pick due to name recognition, but I feel like it’s a trap.
Best of luck!