Johanna Konta (16) vs Karolina Pliskova (3)
Johanna Konta produced a near-flawless performance to beat Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-3 and reach the Round of 16 at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2016. The world No.16 is the last Briton standing at the US Open after Dan Evans defeat in the previous round. Konta has played some of her best tennis on this event, ending the match against Zhang with 34 winners and just 18 unforced errors. On the other hand, the 28-year-old hasn’t dropped her serve since the first round and lost just six games in her last two matches at Flushing Meadows.
Konta will next take on former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova, who needed three sets to overcome Ons Jabeur in two hours and eight minutes. Returning to New York always brings great memories to Karolina. The Czech is a former finalist at the US Open and reached the quarterfinals or better in all her last three appearances on this event. However, Pliskova looked far from her best in the previous round, winning only 32.73% of her second-serve points.
These two players will face each other for the eighth time in their careers. Pliskova leads 6-1 in their head-to-head but Konta emerged victorious in their most recent encounter on hard court. Adding to this, the British No.1 won at least one set in five of their last six meetings on the WTA Tour. Pliskova has one of the best serves in the game and is always a dangerous player on these fast conditions. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to go against Konta after her brilliant performance in the previous round, which makes her moneyline the best betting approach for this fourth-round match.
Best Pick: Johanna Konta ML (+145) with 5Dimes
Novak Djokovic (1) vs Stan Wawrinka (23)
Three-time US Open champion Novak Djokovic showed no signs of his shoulder injury on Friday with a dominant 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Denis Kudla in two hours and three minutes. Djokovic didn’t practice the day before the match to give himself more time to recover and said he was feeling almost pain free after beating Kudla in straight-sets. The 32-year-old won four of the last five Grand Slam tournaments and is looking to become the first man to win back-to-back titles at Flushing Meadows since Roger Federer in 2008.
Looking now at Novak’s draw on this event, the defending champion will next face Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round of the US Open. The Swiss has been one of the most successful player at majors in recent years and is the last player besides the “Big Three’ to have won a slam title – at the US Open in 2016. Wawrinka loves to play on the big stage against the best players in the world, winning 13 of his last 19 matches against Top 10 players on Grand Slam events.
The sportsbooks are expecting a straightforward win from Djokovic on this match with the Serbian as the heavy favorite at -459 with BetOnline. However, Wawrinka is an extremely tough matchup for Novak and won three of the last four matches against Djokovic at majors. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Stan’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on his +2.5 Set Handicap.
Best Pick: Stan Wawrinka +2.5 Set Handicap (-135) with Pinnacle