There weren’t very any notable upsets in the first round of the US Open in the Men’s singles draw. Novak, Tsonga, Murray, Raonic and Wawrinka all went through in relative ease yesterday. Murray did have to battle through some cramps in his match, so it will be interesting to see if those problems stick with him through the tournament.
I’m putting my picks up for Wednesday in this post because I think the majority of people reading it will do so after most of my Tuesday picks are done. For those interested though here were my four Men’s singles picks for today:
- Jack Sock -425 over Pablo Andujar
- Sam Querrey -710 over Maximo Gonzalez
Now let’s get on to my round 2 picks! I realized after I did the post that I used American style odds instead of the usual decimal style that I use for posts. If you have trouble reading these odds check out our odds format page for a refresher course.
Nick Kyrgios vs Andreas Seppi
Kyrgios has been able to step up and play well on the big stages so far in his young career. His deep run at Wimbledon is proof of that. He just took down 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny in the first round and he looked to be on his game throughout the match. I expect another solid performance in a win over Italian Andrea Seppi.
Play: Kyrgios -150
Lleyton Hewitt vs Tomas Berdych
Tomas Berdych has struggled of late, which is why he is not a big favourite in this match. He’s only 2-3 in the US Open hard court series including losses to Vasek Pospisil, Feliciano Lopez and Yen-Hsun Lu. None of these men are at the top of Men’s tennis right now, which shows how much Berdych has struggled of late. I expect the veteran Hewitt to find a way to win over a 5 set match against Berdych.
Play: Hewitt +300
Simone Bolelli vs Tommy Robredo
Tommy Robredo should have no trouble with Simone Bolelli. Bolelli beat Canadian Pospisil in 5 sets yesterday, but it looked to me like Pospisil beat himself. Bolelli has not been strong on hard courts throughout his career and I don’t expect him to be the one to take out the 16th seed at this tournament.
Play: Robredo -600
Matthew Ebden vs Leonardo Mayer
Ebden played a solid match yesterday against a decent opponent in Tobias Kamke. He has not had a great year, but he looks to be playing well and I like him for the minor upset over clay court specialist Mayer, who was able to come through the first round thanks to an injury to his opponent.
Play: Ebden +210
Jerzy Janowicz vs Dusan Lajovic
Jerzy played a great tournament last week at Winston-Salem before losing in the finals to Rosol. The previous week he also performed well in Cincinnati making the round of 16, which included a win over Grigor Dimitrov. He has the ability to go far, but his consistency is suspect. I think the few extra days off after the last tournament combined with his high confidence at this time will be enough to get him through this match.
Play: Janowicz -325
Pablo Cuevas vs Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson and his booming serve should have no trouble with Pablo Cuevas. Anderson has gone out fairly early in his last couple tournaments, but this was against other big servers in Sam Querrey and John Isner. I’m expecting Anderson to make a run in this tournament.
Play: Anderson -450