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Tennis DFS Picks: Kei Nishikori & Stan Wawrinka, DraftKings and FanDuel, August 14 (FREE)




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It is Day Three of this week’s tournament, and with that comes a massive slate. Can Novak Djokovic defend his title here and carry that momentum into the US Open once again? This week will be a real test for the young players before the next major, and we’ll see if anyone is able to pull off some upsets. The third slate of this DFS tennis week has 23 matches with ATP and WTA players in action.

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Daniil Medvedev (DraftKings $9,700; FanDuel $18)

Daniil Medvedev has played out of his mind on the hard courts over the last 12 months, with a stellar 50-15 record while reaching six finals and capturing three of them. Medvedev has played the most possible matches over the last two weeks as he reached back to back finals, but he is showing no signs of fatigue. He won his first match in Cincinnati 6-2 7-5 over Kyle Edmund, while firing down aces at a 15% rate and winning 73% of all service points. You have to wonder when this train is going to stop, but for now it’s hard to not roll with it.

Medvedev has a second round meeting with Benoit Paire, the ATP world number 29 from France. Paire is known to be one of the most inconsistent and erratic players on the ATP tour, and it shows when looking at his 9-12 record on hard courts in 2019. He is 3-2 since the end of the grass court season, but Benoit doesn’t like to win convincingly. Paire won the first set against Fernando Verdasco 6-4 before he retired, but Benoit had his struggles on serve as he hit double faults at a 10% rate. Paire is 4-20 against top 10 players on hard courts, and I don’t see him getting a fifth win here.

Kei Nishikori (DraftKings $9,600; FanDuel $22)

Kei Nishikori has cracked the top five for the first time since March of 2017, and I hope we get to see him at his best. Similar to the other top players on tour, Nishikori hasn’t played much tennis since Wimbledon. But after his loss to Richard Gasquet this past week, I’m sure Kei is going to want to perform at a higher quality. Nishikori faced 20 break points which is a bit unorthodox for him, so I can’t see it getting any worse. He captured a hard court title in Brisbane in December and reached the finals in both Vienna and Tokyo, which shows he is one of the most dangerous players when he’s on.

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Kei’s first match in Cincinnati is against Yoshihito Nishioka, the ATP world number 77 from Japan. Nishioka has been great on the hard courts since Wimbledon, with a 5-1 record while taking down four top 50 players. He is a hard out due to the style of his game and the way he fights for every shot, but he does have some flaws. The serving end for Nishioka is not great, as he’s won just 64% of first serve points while facing a total of 51 break points in those six matches. His ace rate is below 3% as well, and I think Kei will attack that all match. I expect Nishikori to dominate in straight sets.

Stan Wawrinka (DraftKings $8,600; FanDuel $20)

Stan Wawrinka just escaped one of the most bizarre matches in awhile, as he served for the match three times against Grigor Dimitrov and blew every chance. He came through in the third set tiebreaker, but it was one to sweat over. The former world number three is looking to get back into his peak level of play, and that win might be what he needed. Stan the Man fired down aces at a 10% rate, had zero double faults and won 73% of first serve points against Dimitrov. The problem was getting the first serves in place, which he did just 50% of the time. He is bound to pick that level of play up, and maybe Stan can reach a second final of the season.

Wawrinka will go up against Andrey Rublev, the ATP world number 70. Rublev has been solid over the last week, with a 3-1 record on the hard courts while taking down two top 50 players. Over his last two matches, Rublev won 83% of first serve points and fired down aces at a 13% rate. The young Russian has the game to compete with some tough opponent’s, but it can fail him at times. He has a 7-11 record against top 50 opponents on the hard courts over the last 12 months, and I think this match will come down to experience. Wawrinka owns their head to head record 1-0, and I expect that to go to 2-0 after this match.

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Possible upset/value plays: Miomir Kecmanovic (DraftKings $6,700; FanDuel N/A)

Miomir Kecmanovic has proven himself to be a top player on the ATP tour over the last few months, and his last two matches have been impressive to say the least. Kecmanovic has played three matches in Cincinnati so far while not dropping a set, including a beatdown over Felix Auger Aliassime 6-3 6-3. He’s winning first serve points at a 83% rate while facing just two break points in this tournament, and his next match is one that he can certainly win given the form of his opponent.

He’ll face off against Alexander Zverev, the ATP world number six from Germany. Zverev has been a mess, it’s almost impossible to roster him at this time and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. In his last two hard court matches, Zverev served double faults at a 15% rate while dropping serve eight times. It isn’t shown in the stats, but it’s hard to watch him play due to the amount of errors he makes. Something needs to change for Zverev or his rank is going to drop drastically, and I think Kecmanovic is facing him at a good time.

Best of luck!

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