We’re into the quarterfinals across three tournaments on Thursday, with the women in action at the Ostrava Open and the men split between the indoor hardcourts in Antwerp and Cologne. Alexander Zverev ($10,700) will hit the court again, along with fan favorites Diego Schwartzman ($8,800) and Victoria Azarenka ($8,100). Without further ado, let’s take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Alexander Zverev ($10,700)
Adrian Mannarino ($4,500) has an effective game until he runs into someone like Zverev (-1000). The Frenchman hits soft, flat groundstrokes to disrupt the timing of his opponents, but that won’t work against Zverev, who has top-five talent. The German is averaging over 77 DKFP across his last five matches, and hovered around double-digits in aces a few times. He should hit Mannarino off the court here, who isn’t great at diffusing power. Zverev ranks just outside the top 20 in return rating, and you’re surely aware of his dominant serve. His game is complete, and I’m comfortable paying this price to get the straight-sets win with maybe three or four games dropped.
Jannik Sinner ($10,100)
I’m chalking up Gilles Simon ($5,100)’s win over Denis Shapovalov on Thursday to good scouting and a burnt-out Canadian. Shapovalov had played a ton of tennis up to that point, including a match with Simon, who proved to be a tricky out. I’m not buying into Simon even coming close to topping Sinner (-455), who has been rolling in his last three tournaments, losing just two matches to quality opponents in Grigor Dimitrov and Rafael Nadal. Five of his last six wins have come in straight sets, with the only dropped set coming against the aforementioned Zverev. His game has never looked better, and this is a great smash spot against an unsteady opponent. I’d be comfortable fading Zverev and just paying up for Sinner.
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Milos Raonic ($8,600)
Raonic now ranks as arguably the top server on the tour, winning 93.2% of his service games over the past 52 weeks and 83.3% of points on his first serve — both first on the tour. Grigor Dimitrov ($6,400) stands across from Raonic but doesn’t hold the return prowess that Raonic does, and Dimitrov has won just 35% of his tiebreaks this year. I don’t see Raonic dropping serve, and he should come through if a tiebreak arises. You’ll also get a great bunch of aces from Raonic, and should hit the ace bonus with ease. At the very least, even if he loses, his floor should be high because he’ll win a lot of games and serve well.
Daniel Evans ($7,300)
Karen Khachanov ($7,800) has been cruisin’ for a bruisin’ for quite some town now. He barely survived against Zizou Bergs, ranked outside the top 500, on Thursday, nearly lost to qualifier Aslan Karatsev in Russia and was absolutely destroyed by Raonic last week. Evans will test Khachanov often with his excellent serve-and-volley skills and timely shot-making. Khachanov loses out on paper in rally-tolerance, lost the only head-to-head matchup between the two (this year, in Rotterdam), and isn’t even the favored player at the DraftKings Sportsbook. I’ll take the favorite, with the edge in form and head-to-head record at near $7K.
Others to consider: Ugo Humbert ($8,400)
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