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Here's our picks for Thursday's US Open action

Thursday is second round day at the 2019 US Open and there is a lot to catch the eye. Rafael Nadal will continue his challenge, but there are also compelling ties involving Sacha Zverev, Petra Kvitova, Nick Kyrgios and Simona Halep. Here are four picks for Day Four at Flushing Meadows.

Sascha Zverev v Frances Tiafoe

US Open men’s singles second round, Thursday August 29

This match stands out as one of the most compelling of this year’s US Open so far. Sascha Zverev has long been billed as men’s tennis’ next big thing, but the German has so far struggled to find his best form at the Grand Slams. Zverev seems to toil in the five set format, as demonstrated by his peculiar five set win over Radu Albot in the first round.

Frances Tiafoe is American tennis’ great hope for the future and he comes into this match on the back of some strong performances in Winston-Salem and a first round win over Ivo Karlovic which saw the Croatian retire when two sets down. Tiafoe will have the home crowd on side and will be relatively fresh. What’s more, he has beaten Zverez on a hard court before (2017 Cincinnati Masters). This could be a potential upset.

0.5u - Back Frances Tiafoe To Win @ +155

Andrea Petkovic v Petra Kvitova

US Open women’s singles second round, Thursday August 29

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova started her US Open campaign in impressive form, dismissing compatriot Denisa Allertova in straight sets on Tuesday. The number six seed has struggled with a forearm injury of late, but there are signs that Kvitova is starting to find full fitness having endured a fragmented build up to the final Grand Slam of the year.

Andrea Petkovic also cruised through her first round match, beating Mihaela Buzarnescu in straight sets, improving on her disappointing showing at Wimbledon, but the 31-year-old hasn’t made it past the second round of the US Open since 2015 and it’s difficult to envisage her pulling off a shock here.

1u - Back Petra Kvitova 2-0 @ -140

Antoine Hoang v Nick Kygrios

US Open men’s singles second round, Thursday August 29

Betting on Nick Kyrgios is always a risk, but it’s often possible to get an early feel for whether or not the Australian is engaged in a particular tournament. On the basis of his first round victory over Steve Johnson which saw him swat aside the American in straight sets, Kyrgios might be at the US Open this year to play.

The elimination of Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas has opened up Kyrgios’ side of the draw. Indeed, there is a real opportunity for him to make a run deep into the tournament. As always, though, Kyrgios’ chances depend on his mindset rather than anything to do with tennis ability. Even in the comfortable win over Johnson, he found a way to argue with the umpire.

1u - Back Nick Kyrgios 3-1 @ +270

Simona Halep v Taylor Townsend

US Open women’s singles second round, Thursday August 29

This isn’t the first time that these two will have met each other at a Grand Slam. Simona Halep played Taylor Townsend at last year’s French Open, with the Romanian comfortably winning 6-3, 6-1. Halep comes into this match on the back of a battling first round win over Nicole Gibbs and there is a feeling that the Wimbledon champion might be a little vulnerable right now.

Halep is a fighter and has won seven of the her last eight matches that have gone to a deciding set. If Taylor Townsend is to stand a chance, she must keep up her first serve percentage from the first round which saw her win 77% of her first serve points. Townsend is in good form on the hard courts and could put up a challenge to Halep.

1u - Back Simona Halep 2-1 @ +375

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By Graham Ruthven

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Graham Ruthven is a soccer writer and tipster who has written for the New York Times, Guardian, Eurosport and others.


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