It’s day three of the US Open on Wednesday, when the second-round action starts, and the players are getting settled into the court conditions at Flushing Meadows.
We’ve picked out three value selections – including a 7/1 shot who can also be backed with an 8.5-game start on the handicap should punters prefer.
Juan Manuel Cerundolo to beat Alejandro Davidovic Fokina @ 7/1
Juan Manuel Cerundolo has been made part of the accumulator with a handicap start of 8.5 games for his US Open second-round clash with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, but the talented young Argentinian is also worth chancing to spring a big surprise and upset the burly Spaniard.
Francisco Cerundolo’s younger sibling is not as powerful as his brother, who is already a match for most on fast and slow courts.
But the junior Cerundolo, 21, is still blessed with a good deal of talent and he showed that when fighting back from two sets down to beat the more experienced Ilya Ivashka in his New York City curtain-raiser.
True, Davidovich Fokina, a semi-finalist in the Toronto Masters recently, has enjoyed some fine performances on hard terrain for much of the season.
But the Spaniard’s game is more about power than innate ability and if Cerundolo can win one of the first three sets, then he may have a chance of edging his way towards parity in the clash and finish strongly against his short-priced opponent.
Christopher Eubanks -2.5 games vs Benjamin Bonzi @ 4/6
Christopher Eubanks’ season has been a joy to behold – and the way the tall American held himself together to go deep at Wimbledon was a lesson for punters about how players can suddenly make the jump from prospering in everyday tournaments to shining in the majors.
The Atlanta, Georgia native defeated Thiago Monteiro, Britain’s Cameron Norrie, Chris O’Connell and Greek ace Stefanos Tsitsipas before finding Daniil Medvedev too good in the quarter-finals on the All England Club grass.
And having impressed at Wimbledon, where expectations for him were few, there is absolutely no reason why Eubanks should not shine in New York City.
He has the weapons to prosper on his homeland hard courts and he has been handed a big chance to start on the front foot when he takes on Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi.
Eubanks is an 8/13 chance to successfully concede a handicap start of 2.5 games and he looks worth backing.
Anna Kalinskaya to beat Sorana Cirstea @ 13/8
It’s difficult to get away from the 6/4 on offer about Anna Kalinskaya upsetting Sorana Cirstea.
Kalinskaya’s best days almost certainly lie ahead of her, while her Romanian opponent is pretty exposed aged 33.
The 24-year-old, who was injured in the Rome final against Elena Rybakina, was forced to miss the French Open and Wimbledon due to injury.
But judging by the way she dismissed dangerous floater Katerina Siniakova 6-4 6-2 in round one, there may be plenty more to come from her at Flushing Meadows.
Cirstea opened with a straight-sets defeat of Kayla Day but may need to step up again.