Can Alex de Minaur defeat Karen Khachanov at the US Open on Saturday? Photo by @kevinperry (Twitter)
- The US Open is flying right by as we find ourselves in Day 6 on Saturday
- There are a ton of good matchups left to choose from
- Keep reading as we give you the two best matchups to put your money on
We’ve reached Day 6 of the US Open with no hiccups in terms of positive COVID-19 results. Despite several of the top names coming into this grand slam with no essential warmups, we’ve witnessed very few upsets against ranked players so far. Read on for our best bets from round three on Saturday here.
US Open Day 6 Round 3 Men’s Singles Odds
|Players||Moneyline Odds at Bet365|
|John Jeffrey Wolff||+900|
|Alex de Minaur||-163|
All odds as of Sept 4
Matteo Berrettini vs Casper Ruud
It still feels somewhat surreal to call Matteo Berrettini an upper-echelon player. Yet with his ridiculous run last year, coupled with his stellar play during the Open, it’s safe to say that the 24-year-old isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Is this the shot of the tournament from Matteo Berrettini? 😳#USOpen pic.twitter.com/bP1KV43J2I
— ATP Tour (@atptour) September 4, 2020
Things have been relatively easy for him thus far. Matchups against Go Soeda and Ugo Humbert went exactly how most believed they would with straight-set victories for Berrettini. Coming into his contest against Casper Ruud, things will be much more difficult.
Ruud has made it his business to make oddsmakers lives a living hell with his upset wins over Mackenzie McDonald and Emil Ruusuvouri, but his Cinderella-like run is going to come to an end when Berrettini blasts him off the court.
Final Pick: Matteo Berrettini in straight sets (-120)
2020 US Open Odds Tracker
Karen Khachanov Finding Ways to Win
There are a bunch of good matchups to choose from on Day 6, but none seem some intriguing then 11th seeded Karen Khachanov vs 21 seed Alex De Minaur.
💥 @karenkhachanov 🇷🇺 will lead our ferociously strong 2020 qualifying line-up. The World No. 16, who did not enter the MD, will be joined by @borna_coric 🇭🇷 (ATP No. 32), US-giant @ReillyOpelka (ATP No. 35) and @CasperRuud98 🇳🇴(ATP No. 37).
📷: @atptour | #atptour #hamburgopen pic.twitter.com/0IoLY52yLb
— Hamburg European Open 〽️ (@hamburgopen) September 2, 2020
Khachanov has one of the fastest and hardest serves in the game. To be frank, his serve is the only reason why he’s still here today. His first round matchup against Jannik Sinner seemed to be all but done as Khachanov found himself down two early sets. Luckily for him, however, his opponent began tiring which allowed Khachanov to climb back into the matchup.
Despite his early round troubles, he did have a much easier time in the second round against Andrey Kuznetsov, wiping him out in three sets.
If Khachanov doesn’t bring his A-game to the table once again, he’ll find himself on the outside looking in.
2020 US Open Odds Tracker
Alex De Minaur Looks Great
It may have been two soft touches against Andrej Martin and Richard Gasquet but De Minaur took care of business.
After having the match on his racquet #AlexDeMinaur drops the 3rd set tie break #USOpen 2nd round. 7 double fault in that set.
……looking for the Demon to rally here, still 2 sets to love up. pic.twitter.com/CSGhXmbmxG
— The First Serve (@TheFirstServeAU) September 3, 2020
The Australian native has it all. Speed, power and resiliency. All of that and more will be needed if he wants to keep his dreams alive.
This matchup is as close as it gets. At least according to the odds but in actuality, this should be a straightforward win for De Minaur.
Don’t get me wrong, Khachanov is one helluva player but he’s one step below De Minaur, despite the rankings.
Expect De Minaur to win in four sets.
Final pick: Alex De Minaur; Win -163, Win 3-1 (+333)
Hans Themistode has worked in sports journalism since attending Queens College, and has worked for several newspapers including the BX Times and Canarsie Courier, as well as writing for publications such as Fansided and The Clever. His work has also been featured on Bleacher Report.