John Isner (14) vs Marin Cilic (22)
John Isner continued his quest for a maiden Grand Slam title on Thursday at the US Open after a 6-3, 7-6(4), 7-6(5) win over Jan-Lennard Struff in two hours and 15 minutes. The 34-year-old is hoping to end a 16-year drought at Flushing Meadows and become the first American man to lift the trophy in New York since Andy Roddick in 2003. Known as one of the best servers in the history of tennis, Isner fired 22 aces and won 83.33% of his first-serve points against Struff.
Looking now at John’s draw on this event, the No.14 seed will next take on Marin Cilic on Saturday at Grandstand. Cilic is a former US Open champion and one of the most successful players at Flushing Meadows in recent years. Nevertheless, the 30-year-old has struggled for form in recent months. Besides winning only 54.84% of the matches in 2019, Cilic lost the opening set against Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in the second round of the US Open on Thursday.
This will be the 12th meeting between these two players. Cilic leads 8-3 in their head-to-had but Isner won three of their last five official encounters on the ATP Tour.
The sportsbooks are expecting a very close contest with Marin as the slight favorite at -118 with Bookmaker while Pinnacle offers +110 for Isner to win this match. Cilic is always a dangerous player on this event but it’s impossible to find any value on his tennis betting odds. On the other hand, Isner will have the crowd’s endearing support and his serve is nearly unbreakable on these fast conditions. With this in mind, our suggestion is to take John’s moneyline as the best approach for this match.
Best Pick: John Isner ML (+110) at Pinnacle
Caroline Wozniacki (19) vs Bianca Andreescu (15)
Bianca Andreescu continued her strong run of form, defeating Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 7-5 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in her career. The Canadian teenager is one of the most in-form players on the WTA Tour and is currently on an eight-match winning streak after her victory at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Adding to this, Andreescu loves the big stage with a perfect 7-0 record against Top 10 players.
Bianca will next face Caroline Wozniacki with a place in the fourth round of the US Open at stake. The former world No.1 rallied from a set down to beat Danielle Collins 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Wozniacki is one of the greatest defenders in the game and loves to play in New York. However, the two-time US Open finalist was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis last year and only won 57.14% of the matches played this season on the WTA Tour.
These two players will face each other for the second time in their careers with Andreescu emerging victorious in their previous encounter earlier this year at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Andreescu won 46 of her last 50 matches on hard court and it’s incredibly tough to beat her on this surface. On the other hand, Wozniacki has yet to beat a Top 20 player this year and lost a set in her previous two matches this week. For that reason, we’ll add Bianca’s moneyline to our betting picks to extend her good run of form this Saturday at Flushing Meadows.
Best Pick: Bianca Andreescu ML (-165) with 5Dimes