U.S. Open Day 6 expert picks, including Bautista Agut vs. Del Potro and Goffin vs. Monfils

U.S. Open third-round action will conclude on Saturday, when the relatively loaded top half of the draw takes center stage again. Ricky Dimon of The Grandstand and Steen Kirby of Tennis Atlantic preview and predict four of the matchups.

(11) Roberto Bautista Agut vs. (24) Juan Martin Del Potro

Ricky: Which guy has a better chance to win this up-for-grabs title? Del Potro, by a mile, because he has the game with which to beat the best. But which one has a better chance in this single match? Well, the thing about Bautista is that he can’t beat anyone ranked ahead of him, but he also never loses to people he shouldn’t lose to. And right now he shouldn’t lose to Del Potro. RBA is in outstanding form and Del Potro just hasn’t risen to any occasions in 2017. Bautista Agut in 4: 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-3.

Steen: RBA is red hot and even though Del Potro has won a slam before, his wins through two rounds were against weak opposition. Bautista Agut is actually the better player right now. Bautista Agut in 4: 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.

(9) David Goffin vs. (18) Gael Monfils

Ricky: All three previous meetings have gone the distance (Monfils leads it 2-1). They both went the distance on Thursday, five-setters against Donald Young (Monfils) and Guido Pella (Goffin). This one could go five, too, but I like Monfils to finish a tough one in four. Goffin has been out due to injury and is not match-tough. Monfils in 4: 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(6).

Steen: Monfils leads the head-to-head series 2-1 and looks to be in someone decent form despite being forced into a five-set match vs. Young. Goffin had to play five sets against Pella and I have a feeling Monfils will recover better. Monfils in 4: 6-4, 7-6, 3-6 6-3.

(30) Adrian Mannarino vs. (6) Dominic Thiem

Ricky: Contrary to what Thiem’s 5-0 record against Mannarino suggests, this is a fascinating matchup. It’s one player (Thiem) who plays as far from the baseline as possible and takes massive cuts at the ball vs. another player (Mannarino) who plays as close to the baseline as possible and barely takes a backswing. Thiem would dominate at the French Open; Mannarino would likely win at Wimbledon. At the U.S. Open, it should be competitive. Thiem in 4: 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 7-6(5).

Steen: Thiem leads the head-to-head series 5-0 and even though Mannarino is playing some of the best tennis of his career, Thiem simply has more weapons. Presuming he can deal with Mannarino’s flat hitting, the Austrian should win–again. Thiem in 3: 7-5, 6-4, 6-3.

Viktor Troicki vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov

Ricky: Who knows in this one? Troicki has been awful this season and Dolgpolov has been hurt. The Ukrainian has retired from five matches in 2017, but on Thursday he was the one benefiting from an injured opponent (Tomas Berdych). The jury is still out on each man’s form, but if they are both 100 percent Dolgopolov’s upside is way higher. Dolgopolov in 4: 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Steen: Dolgopolov won their meeting earlier this year despite an overall 3-1 edge for Troicki in the head-to-head series. Troicki has broken a massive losing streak of six matches to reach the third round but he’s had an easy path. Dolgopolov has scored two big wins in two rounds and has a higher ceiling. He’s tough to predict, but I’ll go with the Ukrainian. Dolgopolov in 4: 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

54 Comments on U.S. Open Day 6 expert picks, including Bautista Agut vs. Del Potro and Goffin vs. Monfils

  1. What’s up all my Grandstand peeps?! Kevy-Kev coming at you live from the Grandstand at Flushing Meadows!! I can’t believe how close I am sitting to a DelPo-RBA match right now… I’m admittedly a little star struck. 🙂 I’ll be heading over to Ashe to see Rafa after this match, and then watching Fed in the night session. Thinking of you all! If anyone happens to be here at the Open, I’d love to meet you if you’re interested!

  2. Goffin is moving well – better than I expected. Monfils has what appears like serious taping on one of his knees too. Beautiful tennis from both at times. Way better match than Rublev and Dzumher LOL…..

    • Goffin and Monfils look like they enjoy playing each other. High quality tennis. I picked Monfils over Goffin in my bracket.

  3. Delpo is too good for RBA, especially with a vulnerable Fed in the 1/4s.

    Delpo goes to another level in North or South America, he’s very sentimental.

    • Dang that’s a shame. Goffin must be pretty pleased with making the fourth round given how the last couple months have gone for him. Good for him.

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