The US Open provides the final opportunity of the season to claim Grand Slam glory and the stars are out in force on Tuesday, with Carlos Alcaraz and Aryna Sabalenka both getting their campaigns up and running.
Ons Jabeur, Madison Keys, Alexander Zverev and Jannik Sinner are just some of the other heavy-hitters involved on day two in New York and we have picked out three value selections so punters can embrace the action.
Sebastian Baez to beat Borna Coric @ 7/4
Sebastian Baez is on a real roll, arriving at Flushing Meadows on a ten-game winning run, a sequence that has featured back-to-back title triumphs on the clay of Kitzbuhel and on hardcourt terrain at Winston Salem.
It, therefore, makes little sense for him to be rated as big as 7/4 to overcome opening opponent Borna Coric, a player he defeated 6-3 6-7 7-6 in the semi-final of his latest win at the Winston Salem Open.
Coric, at world number 27, is the seeded player, but he is ranked only five places above up-and-coming talent Baez, who at 22 years of age is capable of rising even further up the rankings.
The manner of Baez’s 6-4 6-3 win over the talented Jiri Lehecka in Saturday’s hard-court final at the Winston Salem Open shows how well he is currently performing.
Ekaterina Alexandrova to beat Leylah Fernandez @ 10/11
Leylah Fernandez made her breakthrough at the US Open in 2021 as she finished runner-up to Emma Raducanu, but the Canadian has been unable to kick on from that dream run.
At 20 years of age, Fernandez still has time on her side and returning to Flushing Meadows could spark a revival, but Ekaterina Alexandrova is playing well and may have her measure.
The Russian-born Alexandrova has lost only four of her last 19 matches and she finished runner-up to Sara Sorribes Tormo in Cleveland last time out, a tournament that saw Fernandez comfortably beaten in the quarter-final.
Yafan Wang to beat Caroline Garcia @ 5/4
One seed who could be vulnerable in the opening round of the US Open is world number seven Caroline Garcia, who faces a tough test against the in-form Yafan Wang.
While Garcia has lost five of her last seven matches, Wang has won ten matches on the spin, following up her victory at a Stanford Challenger event with three straight-set qualifying victories in New York.
Wang may be ranked at 114th in the world, but she is a former world number 47 and is better than her current lowly ranking would imply.
The Chinese player won her most recent meeting with Garcia and could spring another surprise on the Frenchwoman, who has struggled for form ever since making the semi-finals here last season.