Tennis Triple Threat: July 17
The week after Wimbledon is always a fascinating one from both a viewing and fantasy perspective. It is the only week during the year with tournaments being played on the three major surfaces simultaneously.
The last grass-court tournament of the season is taking place in Newport, Rhode Island for the men. On the hard courts are the ladies in Prague, Czech Republic. And on the clay are four more tournaments: one in Bastad, Sweeden, and Hamburg, Germany for the men. The women are in action in Laussane, Switzerland, and Budapest, Hungary.
It is important to keep in mind the strengths of each player, how that is affected by the surface they are playing on, and constructing a roster that can provide upside and leverage by taking advantage of the quirk in scheduling for this week. Players only looking at fantasy salaries and moneylines will be a step behind the true grinders.
Yesterday’s pick went 2-1. The two favorites, Danielle Collins and Jenson Brooksby, both won in straight sets. The underdog, Maxime Cressy, lost in straight sets. It has been an excellent week with the players written up in these blogs combining for 12 wins and three losses.
Now, let’s get into Saturday’s slate.
High-Tier: Slate Overview
Federico Coria > Yannick Hanfmann
Coria is a clay-court specialist whereas Hanfmann is not. In terms of overall skill level, Hanfmann is better. Coria is better on this surface, and Hanfmann’s overall skill level isn’t great enough to mask this. It’s a coin-flip match, but I’ll default to the underdog.
Tamara Zidansek > Maryana Zanevska
Zidansek is a 2021 Roland Garros semifinalist. Zanevska has had a great run at this tournament, but Zidansek is the far more talented player on this surface.
Filip Krajinovic > Laslo Djere
Krajinovic is coming off one of the best wins of his career against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djere is an average player, even on the clay, and with Krajinovic in good form at this tournament, he deserves to be the favorite.
Casper Ruud > Roberto Carballes Baena
Ruud is the far more talented player and he has been dominant on the clay this season. Anything other than a straight-set victory would be a surprise.
Yulia Putintseva > Dalma Galfi
With the way Putintseva plays, she can be upset by anybody if she is off her game. But Galfi has only played one top 50 player in her career (loss to Zhang in 2016) so this step up in competition should be too much for her to overcome.
Federico Delbonis > Pablo Carreno Busta
Delbonis leads the H2H in this matchup 5-2 including a win this year in Madrid. Delbonis has been incredible on the clay this year with 28 wins on the surface.
Danielle Collins > Anhelina Kalinina
When Danielle Collins is in form, she is so tough to beat. Kalinina is also in great form, but the level of competition she is beating is not up to Collins’ level.
Kevin Anderson > Alexander Bublik
This is going to be the closest matchup on the slate. But my gut feeling is that Bublik’s double fault issues will be the X-Factor. All it takes is one bad service game and the set will be over.
Jordan Thompson > Jenson Brooksby
Brooksby’s game has more upside than Thompson’s, but this will be Brooksby’s toughest matchup to date on the biggest stage of his young career. The moment and the competition might get to him.
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