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WTA Tokyo Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

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WTA Tokyo Tennis Preview - September 16th, 2018 The WTA is on its Asian swing of the season at the moment and there is some good action coming from Tokyo over the next week. This is a Premier level even on the WOmen’s Tour and it has attracted some big names as well. Heading into the action among the favourites is former winner Caroline Wozniacki and recent US Open winner Naomi Osaka.

WTA Tokyo Winner Odds*

Caroline Wozniacki 11/2 Naomi Osaka 11/2 Sloane Stephens 11/2 Karolina Pliskova 8/1 Garbiñe Mugartza 9/1 Caroline Garcia 12/1 Victoria Azarenka 12/1 Ashleigh Barty 14/1 Bar 25/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on September 16th, 2018 at 9:04 pm) This has been Caroline Wozniacki's tournament over the last couple of years as she has picked up back to back titles there. That naturally puts her in the front-runners circle because of that strong tournament history. She hasn’t particularly been carrying great form though and she fell in the second round at the US Open recently to the unseeded Lesia Tsurenko. She really hasn’t hit any form since Eastbourne back in the summer. So Wozniacki is worth opposing at those short 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken from September 16th, 2018 at 9:04 pm). This will be such a big moment for Naomi Osaka who steps out for the first time after her Grand Slam success at Flushing Meadows. That pinnacle of her career has to have taken something out of her and it may be difficult to hit those levels again so soon, particularly because of emotions. So we are looking past her. Sloane Stephens was playing some good stuff at Flushing Meadows but then just totally collapsed and lost all rhythm and mental focus in her quarter-final duel with Anastasija Sevastova. She is still at those 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken from September 16th, 2018 at 9:04 pm) though with the others, but we see her having a decent run. Karolina Pliskova was looking somewhere near back to her best at Flushing Meadows but she still doesn’t quite look the powerful and confident version of herself that we saw last year. There are some other combative names in the field like Caroline Garcia, Victoria Azarenka, Dominika Cibulkova and Johanna Konta who are all about in the same boat looking for a good run to get a title under their belt and put some shine on their underwhelming seasons.

Prediction

We are going to drop down the field through to Garbine Muguruza at 9/1 odds* (betting odds taken from September 16th, 2018 at 9:04 pm) as the Spaniard did reach the semi-finals here last season before she was stopped by Caroline Wozniacki. She hasn’t been in great form and has had some illness and injury issues which has prevented her from hitting top levels. After all the pressure of the Grand Slams gone, she can be more relaxed here and have a good crack at a wide open tournament.
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Juan Martin del Potro v Novak Djokovic Winner Odds & Predictions

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Juan Martin del Potro v Novak Djokovic Preview - 9th September 2018 Two former US Open Champions will meet in the final of Flushing Meadows on the weekend to be crowned the 2018 champion. Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro was on fire against the defending champion Rafael Nadal in their semi final match, but Nadal had to retire injured at the end of the second set. Djokovic produced a masterclass in beating Kei Nishikori in his semi final match and the Siberian is targeting a piece of history.

Juan Martin del Potro v Novak Djokovic Odds*

Novak Djokovic 2/5 Juan Martin del Potro 2/1 * (betting odds taken from Bet365 on September 8th, 2018 at 4:20 am)

Delpo in peak form

Arguably there hasn’t been anyone playing better at the US Open this season than Del Potro has done. He has churned out some very powerful performances and has been so consistent. The Argentine has only dropped the one set along the way which was in his quarter final duel with John Isner in the intense heat that has been knocking around New York. In his semi final match against reigning champion Rafa Nadal, Del Potro was the underdog but he came out all-guns-blazing and really took the initiative in the match. He got the first set on the board and at that point, Nadal knew he was up against it. Unfortunately, we were denied a cracking match though as Nadal injured his knee at the start of the second set and retired at the end of it. So that was a break at least for Del Potro who got back to the dressing room early and could rest up. His service game has been so good at the tournament and we have to look at this one going to four sets at 13/8 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on September 8th, 2018 at 4:20 am). Del Potro, ranked third in the world at the moment, won the US Open in 2009 and reached the semi-finals here last year.

Djokovic amps it up

Novak Djokovic, a two-time US Open champion, was in beast-mode against Kei Nishikori in their semi final match up. He took a win in straight sets and although at times the Serbian has really struggled with the heat at the tournament, he looked fresh as a daisy in that semi final. The cooler weather clearly helped him out and this was the very best we have seen of him for some time. He was so aggressive right from the off, he just tore into Nishikori. Djokovic got the job done comprehensively, even though he racked up break point after break point, but struggled to put them away. Otherwise it could have been a total rout of his opponent. The thing even Nishikori was playing some very good high quality stuff, but Djokovic had just found another level. This is his record-equalling eighth US Open Final and if he wins on the weekend he will equal the record of 14 Grand Slam titles that is held by Pete Sampras. Only Roger Federer and Nadal have more.

Head to Head

Djokovic leads the head to head against Del Potro 14-4. This will be their first meeting since Rome last year on the clay which Djokovic won. The Serbian has won the last three meetings between the two players and six of the last seven. They have met twice before at the US Open and Djokovic has won both of those as well.

Prediction

If Djokovic plays like he did against Nishikori then he is going to be unstoppable. If you needed proof about him being back to his best then that was it. His defence was magnificent and kept pounding the baseline of Nishikori. As good as Del Potro has played this tournament, and he has been going well, even he could find Djokovic too much to handle once again. For our Juan Martin del Potro v Novak Djokovic prediction we are looking at the Serbian to do it in four.
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Serena Williams v Naomi Osaka Winner Odds and Predictions

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Serena Williams v Naomi Osaka Preview - 9th September 2018 There is just no substitute for class. Serena Williams has powered her way back to another US Open final after seeing off Anastasija Sevastova in quick time in their semi-final duel. So Williams stands on the brink of creating more history, just a year after her life was in danger after giving birth. She will take on Naomi Osaka who has created history at this tournament as she will be stepping out in her first ever Grand Slam Final.

Serena Williams v Naomi Osaka Odds

Serena Williams 1/3 Naomi Osaka 12/5 * (betting odds taken on September 7th, 2018 at 5:30 am) There is a lot of humility in the words that Serena Williams offers. She says she is just happy to be playing and enjoying every day as it comes no matter what. But deep down you can’t help but feel that she probably won’t be expecting to lose on Sunday in the final of the US Open 2018. She is the 1/3 odds-on favourite * (betting odds taken on September 7th, 2018 at 5:30 am) to earn what would be her 24th Grand Slam title, equalling the record haul of Margaret Court. This is the 31st Grand Slam Final for Williams but she did get to the final of Wimbledon this year and was upset by Angelique Kerber there. She had lost on her last two sem ifinal appearances at Flushing Meadows so at least she is back over that hurdle and this is her first appearance in the US Open final since beating Caroline Wozniacki in 2014. If Williams does win on Sunday when she will become that all-time leader in women’s singles titles at the US Open with seven.

Williams back to her best?

Is Williams back to her best? Pretty close it has to be said. She beat her sister Venus in dominant fashion in the third round and then took down eighth seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter finals. That was an important match for Williams against such as a strong contender. Then it was Anastasija Sevastova in the semi-finals who Williams took out in just 66 minutes. A Williams 2-0 in set betting is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on September 7th, 2018 at 5:30 am). Osaka is the first ever player from Japan to reach a Grand Slam final as she took out last year’s losing finalist Madison Keys in the semi-finals. That was her first win over the American but it was a comfortably won 6-2 6-4 for Osaka. The 20-year-old is the 20th seed at the US Open this season and this is the first time that she has been past the third round there. She had a major career breakthrough this year in winning her first WTA title at Indian Wells. Then a week later she beat Williams in Miami. The clash between Williams and Osaka in Miami is the only previous meeting between the two. Osaka won the clash in straight sets 6-3 6-2 as well and she has shown this year just what a tremendous future she has in the game. She looked composed in her semi-final fighting off key breakpoints and when she was serving for the match. But taking down Serena Williams in your first ever Grand Slam Final can’t be an easy thing to pull off.

Prediction

This is where Williams thrives and she is looking back somewhere near her peak. She is the favourite and we are going to back her in straight sets for the win. She has had a couple of slow starts to matches in the last few rounds, but we can see her doing enough against a player who is bound to be a little nervy on her first Slam Final appearance.
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Kei Nishikori v Novak Djokovic Winner Odds & Predictions

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Kei Nishikori v Novak Djokovic Preview - September 7th, 2018 Novak Djokovic is through to the semi-finals of the 2018 US Open and he has so far lived up to his billing as the tournament favourite. Djokovic will be happy with this progress through the latter rounds of the tournament as well as he has started to power his way to quick wins. Up next for him is Kei Nishikori who seems to thrive on the action at Flushing Meadows. Can he cause an upset of the tallest order?

Kei Nishikori v Novak Djokovic Odds*

Novak Djokovic 1/6 Kei Nishikori 4/1 * (betting odds taken on September 7th, 2018 at 5:30 am) Novak Djokovic dropped a set in each of his opening two matches of this year’s US Open but has since settled down and importantly won matches quickly. He has not dropped a set in any of his last three matches after easing past John Millman in the quarter finals. The Australian had previously caused the biggest shockwave of the tournament in having beaten Roger Federer in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. So these quick games means avoiding the intense heat which is tough on top of the lack of circulation on the Arthur Ashe Stadium that everyone is complaining about. Nishikori will be the second seed at the tournament that Djokovic has faced this year, after beating 26th seed Richard Gasquet in the third round. A Djokovic 3-0 option in set betting is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on September 7th, 2018 at 5:30 am).

Nishikori shines again at Flushing Meadows

Nishikori has had a tricky route to this stage. It started easily enough with a straight sets win in the opening round and his second round opponent Gael Monfils retired in the second set of their match. So that kept Nishikori fresh. He took four sets to get past 13th seed Diego Schwartzman in the third round and then earned a straight sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber. But then came his toughest match against former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the quarter finals. That was a long duel that Nishikori had to go through as it went the distance to five sets, Nishikori getting the deciding set 6-4. The 28-year-old seems to enjoy his tennis at Flushing meadows though because this is his third semi-final appearance in a row at the event. He was a 2014 finalist as well in New York where he was denied his shot at Grand Slam glory by Marin Cilic.

Djokovic bosses head to head

Djokovic and Nishikori have a long history between them. Nishikori won two of the opening three meetings between the two plates but then it has been all Novak Djokovic since in the head to head. The overall head to head stands at 14-2 in favour of the Serbian. They did meet at Wimbledon this year in the quarter finals which Djokovic won on the way to lifting the title there. Their only previous meeting at the US Open was in 2014, the year that Nishikori finished runner-up.

Prediction

Nishikori had to dig deep in his duel with Cilic in the quarter finals, but will probably find Djokovic a bridge too far. Djokovic has been making, quick and easy work of his opponents in the later rounds of the tournament so far, but this will be his first real big test. We can see a set going against him as his opponent seems to step it up at Flushing Meadows. So Novak Djokovic 3-1 in set betting takes our fancy at 13/5 odds* (betting odds taken on September 7th, 2018 at 5:30 am). Just as it was at Wimbledon between them earlier this year.
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Rafael Nadal v Juan Martin del Potro Winner Odds & Prediction

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Rafael Nadal v Juan Martin del Potro Preview - September 7th, 2018 Rafael Nadal survived an epic duel against Dominic Thiem in the quarter finals of the US Open 2018 and sets up a tie with Juan Martin del Potro in the final four. Nadal and Thiem’s match went to four hours and 49 minutes, the longest match at this year’s Grand Slam event. That was a brutal, long slog for Nadal, who is the top seed at the US Open 2018 and he had to twice fight back from being a set down. Del Potro had a long battle of endurance as well in his quarter final, taking down John Isner in four sets.

Rafael Nadal v Juan Martin del Potro odds*

Rafa Nadal 8/13 Juan Martin del Potro 13/10 * (betting odds taken on September 5th, 2018 at 6:39 pm) So that is back to back gruelling tests that Nadal has managed to survive. In the third round, he had to fight back having lost the opening set against Karen Khachanov and then needed a tie-break in the third and fourth sets to claim his victory. In the fourth round there was another 3-1 set success for Nadal as Nikoloz Basilashvili pushed the Spaniard harder than expected. But this is Nadal, he grinds, he digs deeper than most can and that has shown at the US Open 2018. He will run and run and run and because of the sets that he has been dropping and now the physical efforts taking its toll in the latter stages of the event, we are going to look for another 4 Sets affair at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken on September 5th, 2018 at 6:39 pm) when Nadal clashes with Del Potro in the semi finals. Former US Open champion Del Potro had to fight back from a set down against American John Isner in his quarter final match. There was an extreme weather condition put in place with temperatures getting up to 38c on the court and the humidity was so bad that matches across the outside courts at Flushing Meadows had to be put back. The conditions clearly took their toll on the players. After Isner had won the first set on a tie-break you could see him fading badly as early as the second set, won by Delpo. Del Potro then looked totally shattered at one point in the third set and after their 10-minute break for the heat between the third and fourth sets, neither of them really looked much better for it. So it was just a slog and as survival of the fittest and fortunately for Del Potro, it was a fantastic service display which helped get him across the finish line. That is going to be a necessary asset for him as he takes on Nadal. A Rafael Nadal 3-1 option in set betting is at 10/3 odds* (betting odds taken on September 5th, 2018 at 6:39 pm).

Head to head

Nadal leads the head to head with Del Potro 11-5 and this will be the third meeting between the two of them this year. Nadal took wins over the Argentine at Roland Garros and at Wimbledon in their high-profile Grand Slam clashes this season. Nadal has won seven of the last nine against Del Potro and this will be their third meeting at the US Open, with one win each from the other two. A little surprisingly perhaps, Nadal has won three of the last four between them on outdoor hard courts.

Prediction

We are going to stick with Nadal in this one. Quite where he keeps pulling things out from is a mystery, but the 32-year-old looks in prime shape. Even though Delpo went a set less in his quarter-final, the heat of that match pretty much level the playing field against Nadal almost-five-hour nigh epic against Thiem. There were times Isner let Delpo off the hook, Nadal won’t likely do the same.
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Serena Williams v Anastasija Sevastova Winner Odds & Predictions

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Serena Williams v Anastasija Sevastova Preview - September 6th, 2018 Serena Williams has dropped just the one set at the US Open this season now after beating eighth seed Karolina Pliskova in their quarter final match up. After having been taken to three sets by Kaia Kanepi in the fourth round it was back to usual business for Williams. She gets a shot now against 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova who pulled off a shock against reigning champion Sloane Stephens in her quarter final match to put herself in her first ever Grand Slam semi-final.

Serena Williams v Anastasija Sevastova Odds*

Serena Williams 1/5 Anastasija Sevastova 7/2 * (betting odds taken on September 5th, 2018 at 6:39 pm) Williams held off Karolina Pliskova 6-4 6-3 in their quarter-final duel and she did have to fight her way back in that match as well. The 23 time Grand Slam champion found herself being in danger of trailing by two service breaks. She looked extremely out of sorts against Pliskova, who was the last player to beat her at Flushing Meadows. Williams was struggling to find power, accuracy and mental focus as well having to seek answers from her coach in the stands during her early struggles. But this is Williams and she dug in there despite being 4-2 down in that first set. Suddenly everything just clicked, she cut out the unforced errors that were flying all over the place and she made Pliskova pay the price for not finishing her off in that first set. Williams powered back to win in straight sets. Next up for the American is Latvia’s Sevastova who eased past Sloane Stephen 6-2 6-3 in their quarter final match. Even though there were reports of Stephens having a sinus infection she still carved out plenty of opportunities, but she was wasteful when they came her way. Stephens blew seven break points in the first set in total and the more it was happening the more frustrated she was getting and the more she lost her focus. Sevastova basically took her chances well when they came, but her defence still struggled at times. A Serena Williams -5.5 games handicap is at even money* (betting odds taken on September 5th, 2018 at 6:39 pm). Sevastova has had some battles along the way at the tournament. Three of her four matches in her section of the draw went the distance and she took out some decent players in Donna Vekic, Ekaterina Makarova and seventh seed Elina Svitolina. That put her through to that quarter-final duel with Stephens in which she triumphed to put herself in the final four of a Grand Slam for the first time ever. While she has quietly gone through the draw this may not be a big surprise her reaching the semi-finals. She has been to the quarter finals in the last two editions of the US Open and this clearly is her favoured Grand Slam tournament, not having been past the third round in any other during her career. The Latvian retired from the game in 2013, but returned two years later and beat Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta in getting to the 2016 US Open quarter-final. She beat Maria Sharapova along the way last year to the final eight, where she was stopped by Sloane Stephens actually. This will be the first-ever meeting between Williams and Sevastova.

Prediction

Clearly, this is a scenario of Sevastova punching above her weight. Even though she took out Stephens in straight sets in the last round, her defence wasn’t great and Williams is likely to step up and punish her. Serena Williams 2-0 in set betting naturally appeals although it is only 4/7 odds* (betting odds taken on September 5th, 2018 at 6:39 pm). So perhaps a games handicap of -5.5 on Williams will stretch to better value.
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Novak Djokovic v John Millman – September 5th, 2018

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Novak Djokovic v John Millman Preview - September 5th, 2018 The draw has really opened up now at the US Open 2018 for Novak Djokovic now that Roger Federer suffered a shock exit. In the quarter finals now it is Djokovic who is going up against the man who pulled off that story of massive underdog success in dumping Federer out in the last round. Can he raise his game even further and take down the during US Open 2018 favourite as well?

Novak Djokovic v John Millman Odds*

Novak Djokovic 1/16 John Millman 10/1 * (betting odds taken on September 4th, 2018 at 11:20 pm) After dropping a set in his opening two matches of the US Open 2018 campaign, Djokovic has started to step on the gas a little harder it would seem. He breezed past Richard Gasquet in straight sets in the third round and did the same to Portugal's Joao Sousa in the fourth round. With Federer having crashed out of the event then it leaves Djokovic as the 5/4 favourite in the outright winner market* (betting odds taken on September 4th, 2018 at 9:41 pm). So he is back in form and beating the heat as well in New York. He is on the hunt for his third US Open title to add to the nose he won in 2011 and in 2015. He has been to the final in six of the last seven appearances that he has put in at the Grand Slam. He has met his Australian opponent John Millman just once before and that was this year. It was a 6-2 6-1 win that Djokovic produce at Queens. Millman ranked 55th in the world scored the biggest win of his career in taking down the great Roger Federer in the fourth round. The Australian wasn’t given much of a chance prior to the match really and having lost the first set against the Swiss master, not many would have predicted the fightback and outcome that Millman produced to take the match in four sets. He is 3/2 odds to win a set in this match* (betting odds taken on September 4th, 2018 at 11:20 pm). After winning his opening match of the tournament in straight sets, Millman has gone to four sets in each of his following matches. Federer isn't the only seed that he has taken out at Flushing Meadows this year either as he beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the second round, who was the 14th seed. The victory over Federer is his only career win against a top-ten ranked player while this is the first time he has been passed the third round in any Grand Slam tournament.

Prediction

It is unlikely that such a massive underdog is going to pull off back to back shocks of considerable magnitude. Djokovic will handle the conditions and we can see him getting the job done in straight sets. Djokovic 3-0 in set betting is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken on September 4th, 2018 at 11:20 pm)
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Marin Cilic v Kei Nishikori Winner Odds & Predictions

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Marin Cilic v Kei Nishikori Preview - September 5th, 2018 Both players had fairly comfortable matches in the fourth round of action at the US Open. Of the two though Cilic had the tougher battle as he had to come through against 10th seed David Goffin while Nishikori was up against the unseeded Philipp Kohlschreiber. Both won their respective matches in three sets and now sets up the quarter final duel. With Roger Federer having suffered a shock exit in the fourth round it means that the winner of this tie will move through to the semi-finals to meet either Novak Djokovic or Federer's conqueror John Millman.

Marin Cilic v Kei Nishikori odds*

Marin Cilic 4/7 Kei Nishikori 11/8 * (betting odds taken on September 4th, 2018 at 9:41 pm) Cilic, who was the 2014 US Open Champion came through his first two matches at Flushing Meadows this year without dropping a set. But he had an epic battle against the unseeded Alex de Minaur in the third round, netting five sets having fallen behind 2-0 in the match. That showed tremendous resolve but there were concerned about how much that long match would have taken out of him. He shut the door in the face of any doubts by powering past David Goffin in straight sets to set up this quarter-final duel with Nishikori. The head to head is tight between these two with Nishikori 8-6 ahead of his opponent. It was the Japan star who won the most recent meeting back at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. That was on clay. It was Nishikori who Cilic beat in the Final of the 2014 US Open to get his first career slam on the board. That was third meeting at Flushing Meadows with Cilic 2-1 up in those Slam matches. But going back to current form, it is Nishikori who has won the last two outdoor hard-court meetings between the two players. Nishikori had to miss the US Open last year because of injury but has a W18 L3 record in his last twenty-one matches at the competition. He is playing well and likes Flushing Meadows where he had a semi final finish as well in 2016. Nishikori had an easy time of things against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the fourth round, winning in straight sets. He has dropped just the one set at Flushing Meadows this season and is clearly enjoying himself out there. It would be a surprise if this one finished in a straight sets win for either. So Exactly 4 Sets is a decent 6/4 odds option* (betting odds taken on September 4th, 2018 at 9:41 pm).

Predictions

We can’t ignore the value on Nishikori at 11/8* (betting odds taken on September 4th, 2018 at 9:41 pm) to win this match outright. He has looked strong and fit and is closing in on a return to the top fifteen in the world. He was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon recently so is clearly back on top of his game after his long-term injury. Cilic did not serve well at all against Goffin so we can see a window of opportunity here for Nishikori.
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Ashleigh Barty v Karolina Pliskova Winner Odds & Predictions

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Ashleigh Barty v Karolina Pliskova Preview - 2nd September, 2018 There is a highly competitive-looking fourth-round duel coming up from Flushing Meadows on Sunday as young Australian Ashleigh Barty lays down a serious challenge to Karolina Pliskova. Both of them are sat as 20/1 odds options* (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:45 pm) to win the tournament outright. The prize, if you can call it that, could be a place in the quarter finals against Serena Williams.

Ashleigh Barty v Karolina Pliskova Odds*

Ashleigh Barty 4/6 Karolina Pliskova 6/5 * (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:45 pm) Barty can be pretty happy with her progress so far as she has come through her second without having dropped a set. She was perhaps helped out in her quest by 12th seed Garbine Muguruza falling early so Barty got to avoid her. She still gets a tough game in his one as she takes on Pliskova who is the 8th seed at Flushing Meadows this year. Barty is 18th but this has the look of being quite the battle. We have to back this one to go over 2.5 Sets at 11/8 odds* (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:45 pm) as their most recent meeting, which was in China last year, went that way. The final two sets were both won on a tie-break. That was the only previous hard court clash between them and from their three previous matches overall, it is Barty who is 2-1 ahead over the Czech star. Pliskova, who isn’t playing doubles like Barty is has powered her way through to the fourth round. There were some questions over he from coming into this but she seems pretty together. This will be a big game for Pliskova who hasn’t quite lived up to expectation in the Slams. She was a quarter-finalist here last year though and that was a being a losing finalist the year before. She has struggled to get past quarter finals in recent tournaments so her form isn’t high, as she’s the underdog for this duel.

Prediction

We are going with Pliskova, who has had a tough 2018, to dig in there and get the job done here. The price on her is pretty appealing and there have been a couple of moments in this tournament where she had held her never in tie-breaks to close out matches. She isn’t on top of her game at the moment, but Barty hasn’t been seriously challenged yet. We’re taking a look at the underdog at 6/5 odds* (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:45 pm).
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Rafael Nadal v Nikoloz Basilashvili Winner Odds & Predictions

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Rafael Nadal v Nikoloz Basilashvili Preview - September 2nd, 2018 Rafa Nadal has continued his march through Flushing Meadows but he had to dig a bit deeper than he would have wanted to in his third round tussle with Karen Khachanov. The two of them battled it out for four hours and Nadal had come from behind after dropping the first set as well. It was just a tight battle all the way, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion Nadal is looking at an easier match in the fourth round.

Rafael Nadal v Nikoloz Basilashvili Winner Odds*

Rafael nadal 1/25 Nikoloz Basilashvili 12/1 * (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:45 pm) After easing through the opening two rounds of the tournament, Nadal faced a tough challenge against Russia’s Khachanov on Saturday. Nadal dropped the first set and then clawed his way back to the win with tie-break set wins in the third and fourth. He had to dig deep on an exhausting day of tennis, but that challenge will have steeled him as most players are aware that at some point of a tournament there will be a real test of their resolve. Next up for Nadal is Georgia's Basilashvili and this will be just the second meeting between the two players. Their only prior clash came at Roland Garros last year and you probably know what the result was. Nadal, the king of the French Open powered his way to a stunningly one-sided success, dropping just the one game in the match. Just one game. That was astonishing stuff and it makes the appeal on a Rafael Nadal -8.5 Games Handicap at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:45 pm) well worth a look. It makes the set betting option of 3-0 though such poor value in comparison at 4/11 odds* (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:45 pm) and this is expected to be that easy for the Spaniard. Basilashvili hasn’t had an easy passage through to the tournament. He took five sets against Aljaz Bedene in the first round, then four sets, winning on a tie-break in the end against Jack Sock in the second round. He completed his third round match against Guido Pella in exactly the same manner, four sets, getting the decider on a tie-break.

Prediction

We are likely going to see a show of dominance from Nadal. That match against Khachanov would have shaken him and it’s the kind of thing that drives him to better improve himself. He should come through this challenge pretty easily and we are sticking with that Nadal -8.5 Games Handicap at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:45 pm).
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