Alexander Zverev (6) vs Diego Schwartzman (20)
Alexander Zverev continued his quest for a maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open on Saturday with a 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(3) win over Aljaz Bedene from Slovenia. The reining Nitto ATP Finals champion has made the round of 16 or better at three of the four Grand Slams this season and is for the first time in the second week at Flushing Meadows. Nevertheless, Zverev has struggled with consistency this week, spending almost 10 hours on court so far after two five-set battles in the previous rounds.
Looking now at Alexander’s draw on this event, the No.6 seed will next take on Diego Schwartzman with a place in the quarterfinals at stake. The 27-year-old has enjoyed great success at the US Open in recent years, winning nine of his last 11 matches on this event. Schwartzman is yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament and reaches this fourth round after a 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 victory against Tennys Sandgren in just one hour and 55 minutes.
This will be the third official meeting between these two players on the ATP Tour. Schwartzman won their first encounter at the Generali Open in 2014 while Zverev got his revenge last year in Paris.
The sportsbooks are expecting a very close contest with Zverev as the slight favorite at -111 with Pinnacle while 5Dimes offers +105 for the Argentinean to win this match. Schwartzman is one of the most consistent players in the game and it’s always hard to beat him on these conditions. On the other hand, Zverev hasn’t looked at his best at the US Open with too many unforced errors. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Diego’s tennis betting odds to win this match.
Best Pick: Diego Schwartzman ML (+105) with 5Dimes
Naomi Osaka (1) vs Belinda Bencic (13)
Belinda Bencic got a walkover into the second week of the US Open after Anett Kontaveit withdrew from their evening match on Saturday due to a viral illness. The former junior world No.1 is having one of the best seasons of career, winning her third tour-level title and reaching the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2014. Bencic has also been an extremely tough opponent for the best players in the world with an 8-5 record against Top 10 players this year.
Bencic will next face Naomi Osaka, who needed just 65 minutes to get past 15-year-old Coco Gauff and extend her winning record at the US Open to 10 matches. Despite Gauff’s undeniable quality, the American teenager couldn’t find a solution to Naomi’s firepower with just 8 winners to 24 from her opponent. Osaka is now one step closer from becoming the first woman to win back-to-back titles at Flushing Meadows since Serena Williams in 2014.
These two players will face each other for the fifth time in their careers. Bencic leads 3-1 in their head-to-head with Osaka winning just one set in their last three official encounters.
Belinda is a very tough matchup for Naomi and one of the best counter punchers on the WTA Tour. The Swiss also loves to play on the big stage against the best players in the world and she has the game to create a lot of problems to Osaka. For that reason, our recommendation is for you to add Bencic’s moneyline to your betting picks as the best approach for this fourth-round contest in New York.
Best Pick: Belinda Bencic ML (+185) with BetOnline