ATP & WTA 2021 US Open Betting Update: Djokovic on Track For 21st Major, Barty Avoids an Upset

ATP & WTA 2021 US Open Betting Update: Djokovic on Track For 21st Major, Barty Avoids an Upset

MyBookie brings you a daily 2021 U.S. Open Betting Update for Friday, September 3, where we look at what has happened in USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which tennis players delivered, who fell flat, and what to expect in the next round of play.

2021 US Open Daily Update – September 3rd Update

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  • When: August 30 – September 12
  • Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Queens, New York City, United States

Djokovic Records a Routine Win

Novak Djokovic recorded a routine win at the U.S. Open to stay on track for a calendar Grand Slam. The Serb eased past Tallon Griekspoor with 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the competition and took one step closer to his 21st major tournament title.

The world no.1 won the season’s opening Grand Slams in Australia, France, and Wimbledon and has, with his win against Griekspoor, kept his hopes alive of lifting the coveted trophy at Flushing Meadows. 

The Round 2 affair lasted for one hour and 39 minutes, albeit not once did it seem like Griekspoor could upset the Serbian tennis star. After seeing Djokovic drop a set in his opener against Holger Rune (3-1), it was a nice change.

“Great performance. Definitely better than the first-round match,” said Djokovic after the match.

“Obviously, I’m very pleased with the way I came out on the court. I served very well, I found the rhythm on the serve. It was important I came up with the goods.”

Although a solid showing from Djokovic, it was a painful loss for Griekspoor, who has impressed with his performance in R1 of the 2021 U.S. Open. The 25-year-old had caused quite an upset in R1 when he defeated world no. 52 Jan-Lennard Struff with 3-2.

Despite his success last time out, the Dutchman proved to be no match for Djokovic, who continues to prove to the world why he is regarded as one of the best tennis players in history.

Djokovic will face off against world no.56 Kei Nishikori in R3 of the 2021 U.S. Open on Saturday, September 4. The Serb has already met with Nishikori 10 times before and has yet to lose a game. What’s more, Djokovic hasn’t dropped a single set against Nishikori across their last three meetings.

Barty Edges Past Tauson

Ash Barty kept her dreams of winning her first U.S. Open title and her second Grand Slam of the year alive with a narrow win against Clara Tauson, who she beat with 6-1, 7-5. Although a fairly convincing win on paper, the current no.1 faced much tougher resistance than initially expected.

Tauson, who entered the match as a +600 underdog, started the meeting poorly and lost the first set (1-6) in just 35 minutes, unable to match Barty. However, the 18-year-old put up a solid fight in the second set, where she took a 3-2 lead; however, she was again outmatched by the current best female tennis player.

After trailing 2-3, Barty mounted an attack and won the next three sets (5-3) before the extended ninth set ended in favor of Tauson. The up-and-coming Danish star used her momentum and tied Barty at 5-5 but was denied an upset win due to a streak of errors.

Even though Tauson crashed out of the 2021 U.S. Open in R2, she can be happy with her showings on the year. She has previously made it to R2 in France – tieing her record from 2020 – and was unfortunate enough to face the tournament favorite in her debut in New York.

Barty can be happy with her win, but she will have to step up her game if she wishes to make it past world no.43 Shelby Rogers, who she will meet on Saturday, September 4, in the 1/16 finals. Still, the Aussie can feel confident heading into the match, having beaten the American tennis player in all of their last five meetings.

Barty met with Rogers twice in 2021, in Madrid and Charleston, where she won with 2-0 and 2-1, respectively.

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