There are no signs of Jannik Sinner showing nerves so far at the US Open as he has cruised past Yannick Hanfmann and Lorenzo Sonego to reach the third round in New York. After claiming his maiden Masters 1000 title in Toronto, there is more expectation than ever before for Sinner to finally contend for a Grand Slam title. The Italian has blistering power and athleticism to back up his results and now Sinner will look to go all the way as he has his sights set on the second week at the US Open.
Standing in Sinner’s way of reaching the last 16 is former champion Stan Wawrinka who seems to be returning to consistent form. Wawrinka has earned his way back into the world’s top 50 by playing controlled and aggressive tennis which saw him reach an ATP final in Umag. Having beaten Frances Tiafoe in the build-up to the US Open, Wawrinka is full of confidence and now Wawrinka will look to use that confidence to test one of the world’s best players in Sinner.
Sinner will look to use his powerful serve to neutralise Wawrinka’s return as he looks to create short balls in order to hit efficient winners and make approaches to the net. Meanwhile Wawrinka looks to use depth from the forehand to push Sinner behind the baseline in order to create space to hit drop shots and make the Italian move around the court. This could be a very competitive match in the early stages but Sinner should have the quality to prevail in his first real test of the tournament.
Prediction: Sinner in four sets.
Jessica Pegula  v Elina Svitolina  | H2H & Match Fundamentals
Jessica Pegula is a woman on a mission at the moment as the American has only dropped eight games in her opening two rounds at the US Open. The third seed has continued to gain confidence especially after winning the WTA 1000 event in Montreal and now Pegula is looking to win her maiden Grand Slam. The question remain can Pegula keep her nerve when it matters most? As the past has proven that her nerves can get the better of her in the second week.
In order to get to the second week, Pegula will have to get past a rejuvenated Elina Svitolina. Svitolina’s comeback to the tour has been a complete success as the Ukrainian is playing some of the most consistent and best tennis of her career. The Ukrainian’s run to the Wimbledon semi-finals means that she inside the world’s top 30 and continues to play with freedom and creativity. Now Svitolina will look to continue to play her best tennis as she searches for a place in the last 16.
Pegula will look to continue to be consistent on serve as she looks to use a mix of depth and power to break down Svitolina’s defensive skills. Meanwhile, Svitolina will look to deploy counter-attacking as she looks to change the direction of Pegula’s groundstrokes and turn defence into attack. This should be one of the best matches of the tournament so far and although Svitolina is in confident form, Pegula’s overall quality and motivation should prove too much for the 26th seed.
Prediction: Pegula in three sets.
Alexander Zverev  v Grigor Dimitrov  | H2H & Match Fundamentals
Alexander Zverev has slowly built his way back to tennis’ elite as the German is now on the verge of the world’s top 10. The 26 year-old has backed up his title in Hamburg with a run to the Cincinnati semi-finals as he approaches his favourite time of the season. However Zverev will be looking to prove a point at Grand Slam level and the German will be looking to fly under the radar as he looks for a deep run in New York.
The next hurdle for Zverev is Grigor Dimitrov who has had a rollercoaster ride of a tournament so far. The Bulgarian started his US Open by coming back from a two set deficit to defeat Alex Molcan in five sets before producing a convincing performance against an underwhelming Andy Murray in the second round. Now Dimitrov will look for a more consistent performance as he looks to repeat the heroics of 2019 and become a dark horse for the title.
Zverev will look to dominate the match with his serve and use his backhand to create space on the court, producing errors from Dimitrov. Meanwhile the Bulgarian will look to be consistent on return as he looks to use his backhand to create angles on the court in order to produce aggressive patterns of play. This will be a good match with both players feeling confident but the faster conditions suit Dimitrov’s game better which gives him the slight edge in this match.
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