John Isner (14) vs Jan-Lennard Struff
John Isner has been the best American male tennis player of the past eight years since Andy Roddick’s retirement in 2012. The former Georgia Bulldogs star won a total of 15 ATP Tour titles, including a Masters 1000 trophy at the Miami Open in 2018. Adding to this, Isner also reached his maiden major semifinal in Wimbledon last season and finished the year inside the Top 10 for the first time in his career. The 34-year-old is one of the best servers in the history of the sport, which makes him an extremely dangerous player on these fast conditions.
Isner will next take on Jan-Lennard Struff for a place in the third round of the US Open. The German is having the best season of his career in 2019, reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career. Looking now at Struff’s campaign on this event, the 29-year-old got off to a flying start at Flushing Meadows after defeating Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and five minutes.
This will be the fourth official meeting between these two players with Struff yet to win a match against the American. The sportsbooks are expecting a very close contest but it’s hard to ignore John’s lead in their head-to-head. Isner will also have the crowd’s endearing support on this match while on the other hand, Struff is not the strongest player under pressure. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add Isner’s moneyline to your betting picks as the best approach for this second-round match.
Best Pick: John Isner ML (-134) with BetOnline
Alize Cornet vs Belinda Bencic (13)
Belinda Bencic took the WTA by storm in 2015 when she won her first WTA Premier 5 title in Toronto. The former junior world No.1 also became the youngest woman in seven years to break into the Top 10 and the future looked bright for her. However, Belinda’s body betrayed her with the Swiss missing most of the 2017 season due to a wrist injury. Bencic fell outside the Top 300 and decided to play smaller events when she returned in September. The following months were not easy for Belinda but the 22-year-old is finally back to top form with a brilliant 39-16 record in 2019.
Bencic will next face Alize Cornet, who needed just 75 minutes to beat Jessica Pegula in her first-round match at Flushing Meadows. The Frenchwoman is one of the greatest fighters on the WTA Tour but hasn’t made it past the second round in New York since 2014. Cornet also has a poor 55.56% winning record this season on hard court and will have a very difficult task against Bencic on these fast conditions.
The sportsbooks are well aware of Belinda’s impressive results this year with the Swiss as the favorite at -250 with 5Dimes. Bencic is one of the players to keep an eye on this event and as we mentioned in our tournament analysis, she has a great chance to reach the semifinals. For that reason, our suggestion is to take Belinda’s -1.5 Set Handicap as the best play for this contest.
Best Pick: Belinda Bencic -1.5 Set Handicap (+101) with Pinnacle