The best of experience and youth on the men’s side of the draw are in action on Thursday at the French Open, including Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro, Karen Khachanov and Alexander Zverev. We take a look at the targets and value options from Day 5.
Novak Djokovic ($11,000)Djokovic’s road to the French Open final doesn’t look too bumpy. He’ll be on high alert for the possibility of a contender rising up, but he’ll also have an eye on Rafael Nadal, the biggest and most obvious hurdle for Djokovic in his bid for another grand slam. Henri Laaksonen doesn’t possess the weapons to trouble Djokovic in this one, so he should be an easy choice in your roster.
Juan Martin Del Potro ($10,500)Before anything else, Del Potro is one of the nicest, most amiable players in the professional tennis circuit. That makes him an instant crowd favorite. Then, he has an impressive game: a very strong serve and a stunning forehand. Battling wrist issues, Del Potro might not win too many grand slams, but he surely will go deep in tournaments just because he’s a fine player, as Nishioka might find out.
Gael Monfils ($10,300)Monfils cruised past his first-round opponent Taro Daniels in straight sets. Adrian Mannarino struggled, beating Stefano Travaglia in five sets. That is already a big edge. Monfils impressed with his return efficiency in the first round: winning more than half of the first serves he returned (30 of 58). He might just find life easier against Mannarino.
Serena Williams ($10,700)The younger players are coming for Williams. There is an impressive group of young women’s players: fearless and efficient, a lot like Williams herself early in her career. However, Williams is far from a pushover. She is starting to find her best again after her maternal break from tennis. Aces and winners will galore again in her second-round match against Kurumi Nara, who might not have the aggressive game to take on Williams.
Men’s Value Target
Roberto Bautista-Agut ($8,200)Bautista-Agut is probably priced a bit low considering his efficiency on clay. That’s where he will balance out your roster nicely with the value he provides. He has been, for a while now, one of the best players on clay. RBA razed past Steve Johnson in the first round in straight sets, not even asked to defend a break point.
Other Option: Radu Albot ($5,600)
Women’s Value Target
Daria Kasatkina ($7,300)Often, steady and efficient players don’t gain much attention in tennis. Kasatkina is an example. But her ranking paints a more vivid picture of her style. She has moved to No. 21 on account of her consistency through several major tournaments. Monica Puig is similar in style of gameplay, but she isn’t as consistent on the big stage.
Other option: Lesia Tsurenko ($8,600)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.