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Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Dolgopolov ready to let his game do the talking again

Teen star Rublev can add to his solitary win over Dzumhur

Alexandr Dolgopolov has responded to his problems by producing his best tennis in New York
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Day six
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Troicki v Dolgopolov
Alexandr Dolgopolov has been busy trying to fend off questions about his defeat to Thiago Monteiro in Winston-Salem last week – the match is being investigated by the Tennis Integrity Unit – but the Ukrainian's form has stepped up noticeably on similar DecoTurf terrain in New York.

Bookmakers suspended betting on Dolgopolov's first-round outing in North Carolina after unusual patterns were noticed.

Monteiro was originally 3-1 to defeat Dolgopolov, but the prices flip-flopped and the Brazilian became market leader.

Dolgopolov, who was last week ranked 63rd in the world compared to Monteiro's 114th, failed to create a single break point in a 6-3 6-3 loss.

The investigations are ongoing, but the furore has led to Dolgo­polov quickly rediscovering his form in the Big Apple. A five-set verdict over Jan-Lennard Struff was followed by a 3-6 6-1 7-6 6-2 triumph over 15th seed Tomas Berdych – and there could be more to come.

Victor Troicki is the Dolgo's next opponent and the Serb has despatched Norbert Gombos and Fabio Fognini's conqueror Stefano Travaglia, who went down 7-6 7-5 6-0.

However, Dolgopolov is likely to prove a tougher foe. He looks a little short to support in match betting but could be playing well enough to dismiss Troicki in three or four sets.

A Dolgopolov -1.5 sets
1pt 8-11 BoyleSports

Dzumhur v Rublev
Andrey Rublev showed why he is considered to be one of the best youngsters in world tennis when defeating Cincinnati Masters champ Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-6 6-3 in the last 64.

Next up for the 19-year-old Russian is a crack at Damir Dzumhur, who Rublev beat 6-3 6-3 on clay in Istanbul in 2015.

Rublev is likely to go on to bigger things than Dzumhur, so it may pay punters to place their faith in him against the 25-year-old from Sarajevo.

A Rublev
1pt 10-11 Betway

Other matches
The women's matches present some tricky picks for punters.

Jennifer Brady has an opportunity to defeat Monica Niculescu but the Romanian's experience could play a role.

Outsiders Shuai Zhang and Shelby Rogers can be considered on the handicaps against opponents Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina, but the higher-ranked players could suddenly step up their form.

Juan Martin del Potro could hardly have asked for an easier tournament introduction than clashes against Henri Laaksonen and Adrian Menendez-Maceiras.

Bookmakers reckon the laid-back 2009 king of New York could be vulnerable against last Saturday's Winston-Salem champ Roberto Bautista Agut and Delpo's form is difficult to gauge.

Gael Monfils may have a fitness advantage over David Goffin, who injured his foot in the French Open. However, the Belgian came in for early support.

Leo Mayer could trouble Rafael Nadal but the world number one has made short work of better players than the Argentinian in his time.

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The furore has led to Dolgo­polov quickly rediscovering his form in the Big Apple
E.W. Terms
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