Classy Korean Hyeon Chung has the tools to test Del Potro
Talented teen Denis Shapovalov can silence Raonic in Cincinnati
Sky Sports Arena & BT Sport 1, 4pm Thursday
H Chung v J M del Potro
Hyeon Chung came from a set down to stop home hope Jack Sock on Tuesday and the classy Korean can enhance his growing reputation by pushing world number three Juan Martin del Potro close in the second round of the Cincinnati Open.
The 22-year-old was a surprise semi-finalist at the Australian Open earlier in the season and he continues to impress by delivering first-rate performances against seasoned opponents.
Chung, despite his tender years, is already on the brink of the world’s top 20 and victories over Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic at Melbourne in January highlight what he is capable of.
Many believe Chung has a similar style to Djokovic in terms of being solid defensively and having the ability to stay in a point. The Korean has nothing to lose and his energetic approach could make life tough for Delpo.
The Argentinian ace would win at a canter if at his best but he was beaten in the final of the Los Cabos Open by Fabio Fognini at the start of the month before withdrawing from Toronto and any rustiness will be exposed.
H Chung to win a set
2pts Evs Betfair, Paddy Power
M Raonic v D Shapovalov
Another youngster with a bright future is Denis Shapovalov and the teenage sensation can spring a surprise on his more experienced compatriot Milos Raonic.
The talented Canadian teenager has impressed with wins over Frances Tiafoe and Kyle Edmund this week and should have little to fear against Raonic, who disappointed on home soil against Tiafoe earlier this month.
Raonic is a dangerous competitor armed with a power-packed serve but Shapovalov dealt with it when winning their sole meeting on the Madrid clay in May and can repeat the trick now producing some of his best stuff.
1pt 13-8 Paddy Power
In the women’s action, the match of the day could be when Wimbledon heroine Angelique Kerber takes on hard-hitting American Madison Keys.
Kerber has won seven of their eight previous meetings - six of those successes coming in straight sets - and is 1-2 to book her place in the quarter-finals.
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