U.S. Open Men's Tennis Free Pick: Aug 30
Aslan Karatsev -135 vs. Fabio Fognini:
We have an exciting match in New York as Aslan Karatsev comes into his first-round match against Fabio Fognini. For those who haven't heard either name as it relates to tennis, you have two players in two very different stages of their careers.
Aslan Karatsev is a player who has carved out a career path as a grinder and is presently ranked 38th in the world. At 28 years old, the difference in this matchup can be age which is in his favor. Playing on the hard courts of New York can be a huge advantage when you have as big of a serve as Karatsev. Staying within the points and neutralizing Fognini's crafty style will be vital to breaking through into the second round of this fortnight.
Fabio Fognini is a tennis player that die-hard tennis fans have come to love over the years. Primarily a clay-court player, Fognini knows his way around the lines of the tennis court like the back of his hand. At 35 years of age, his on-court persona has carried him in matches that he has no business winning against some of the best players in the world. Although clay courts are better suited for his game, Fognini is capable on the hard court surface. Finding a way to neutralize the big serve of Karatsev will be essential for him to find his way into the winner's circle. In a best-of-five set match, the question remains, how much gas does Fognini have left in the tank as the sun begins to set on his career?
This is a tough match for both opponents. The longer the tennis match goes, the more I like Karatsev's chances of winning the match. Karatsev has younger legs underneath him, a bigger serve, and I believe the will to find his way to the second round of the U.S. Open. Keep your eye out for exciting players, and continue to take notes that can pay off in future matches. Best of luck with all your plays. Thanks for your continued support.
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