US Open Men’s Seeds in Danger Day 1.
There’s usually plenty of shocks on day 1 of a Major and with the US Open the final one of the season, there’ll be plenty of motivation for the underdogs to get a memorable win.
Fognini (11) Vs Opelka, 2nd match, court 17.
Fognini has always been a seed ripe for the picking in the early rounds of Majors. He’s got a game to succeed on any surface, but not always the focus, though he has a better handle on that aspect of the game in recent times.
Opelka is up and coming and having a break out season. He reached the Atlanta semis and went 2-2 in Washington and Cincy, so he’s match fit.
With his huge serve, the crowd support that comes with being a home player, and drawing one of the more vulnerable seeds, Opelka could get the upset here.
Fucsovics Vs Basilashvili (17), 1st match, court 6
The outside courts in New York tend to be faster than the main ones, which favors Fucsovics here, whose aggressive game is primed to do well on a medium fast hard court.
Fucsovics leads Basilashvili 3-1, winning their last match in Stuttgart, though this is their first hard court meeting.
Pella (19) Vs Carreno Busta, 4th match, court 6.
Some upsets are only so on paper, and this would be one of them.
Busta has had a better career than Pella, the highlight being his 2017 semi-final appearance in New York, and is a better hard court player.
Not that this match won’t be a battle- Pella has made strides in his career in the past couple of seasons and is coming in on the back of his own best result in a slam- the Wimbledon quarters.
Both men are uber-consistent from the back of the court, more than capable of playing inside it, and are two of the grittiest players on the tour which makes this match tailor made for the US Open.
Kohlschreiber Vs Pouille (25), 3rd match, court 9
Pouille seems to be displaying better focus since teaming up with Amelie Mauresmo, but Kohlschreiber is a wily veteran who will know just how to get under Pouille’s skin if this match gets dicey, which I expect it to.
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