Tuesday US Open Betting Previews: Look For Rublev to Get Off to a Hot Start (August 30)

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Dylan Buell/Getty. Pictured: Andrey Rublev.

With day 2 of the US Open kicking off, there are plenty of matches to break down.

From players searching for their first main draw Slam win to consistent threats looking to start a deep run, let's dive in to where we can find value.

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Andrey Rublev (-1250) vs. Laslo Djere (+740)

12:15 p.m. ET

As dominant as Andrey Rublev has been over the past couple of years, he is still waiting to reach a Slam semi-final. He often has no trouble against lower-ranked opponents, but he has struggled against higher-ranked players, with a sub .500 record since the start of 2021. 

Fortunately, he is granted the opportunity to play a weaker opponent here.

Djere is currently ranked 64 and Rublev is 23-3 against opponents outside the top 50 this year. His power is simply overwhelming to any casual opponent.

The Serbian is arriving fresh off a first hard court final and will look to repeat that form at the US Open.

After four consecutive three-set matches to start the tournament and two more grueling matches, Djere is sure to be physically drained after his runner-up outing. 

He has won his first round at the US Open just once and that came by way of a retirement. Against an opponent with the quality Rublev possesses, it seems unlikely that he will have the chance to move on, regardless of his recent form.

Coming off his best run of his career on hard courts and facing Rublev first round is a lot to ask. Rublev is known for his power ball-striking and he will impose his strength on the typical clay courter.

Rublev will be eager to get his US Open off to a rapid start and I expect we see no mercy from him.

Trust Rublev to dictate with his groundstrokes and easily hit his way through Djere.

Pick: Rublev -7.5 games (-136 via FanDuel)

Chun-hsin Tseng (-134) vs. Alexei Popyrin (+112)

3:30 p.m. ET

Despite all his success on the Challenger Tour, the 21-year-old Chun-hsin Tseng is still awaiting his big ATP tour breakout.

With his third attempt to grab a main draw Slam win approaching, Tseng is in good position to grab the victory.

Tseng is a machine from the baseline. His consistency is off the charts, and he still manages to produce winners from the back of the court.

However, his serve is often taken advantage of by opponents at times. Winning under 50% of his second serve points in 2022, he will need to be better than that to progress on Tuesday.

Once he finds himself in a rally, he loves to work the point and draw errors out of his opponents. He forces them to aim for narrow margins and feel the need to end the point early.

Alexei Popyrin sits at 20-25 on the year, and he is only 6-15 on hard courts. Following a 2021 campaign where he earned his first ATP title and showed real promise, he has struggled to back that up.

When on, Popyrin possesses a powerful serve and groundstrokes that will test the defense of the best. But these showings are coming around much less frequently.

The Australian is in desperate need of a win, but will be tested and put under pressure by the steady Tseng.

He is going to make Popyrin work as hard as anyone would. If Tseng can find a way to return the Popyrin serve with depth and land a solid percentage of his first serves, he should consistently find himself with the upper hand.

I will take a player automatic from the baseline to beat an opponent struggling with consistency every time. Tseng will dominate on the baseline and test the patience of Popyrin.

Trust Tseng to earn his first Slam win.

Pick: Tseng ML (-134 via FanDuel)

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