Can in-form Russian sensation Daniil Medvedev continue demolishing opponents?
<div><h2>Prajnesh Gunneswaran vs. Daniil Medvedev(5)</h2><p><strong>Monday, August 26, New York</strong></p><p>Prajnesh Gunneswaran has been an important figure for propelling Indian tennis forward. Prajnesh was born and raised in Chennai, the capital of the state Tanil Nadu, and one of the largest cities in India. Picking up the racquet at only four years of age, and his talent for the sport was discovered early. After contemplating quitting in 2015 following injury after injury caused by muscle imbalance, the Gunneswaran stuck through and started winning. The 29-year old become only the third Indian to ever hit the top 100 after Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhammbri this year, and now resides at rank 89. Most of his success, however, comes on the Challenger tour, and Prajnesh is only 5-10 in ATP Main draw matches this year. Furthermore, he has never qualified for the US Open before and this is his first ever round 1 match. It´ll certainly be tough acclimatizing to the big stage and conditions here against the very best.</p><p>One of the very best will be the opposition today as Daniil Medvedev stands on the other side of the net. The superlatives are many to describe the incredible evolution of the young Russian over these last 12 months or so. Always beeing supremely talented, Medvedev had earlier struggled with his temperament, and fully committing to becoming a professional tennis player. Once the 23-year old started focusing on physical and mental preparation, and adopting a more professional attitude, the results have come thick and fast. After producing a sensational year off the back of no less than five final appearances and two titles, Daniil has surged to world no. 5 in the rankings. The Russian is currently standing tall with a 44-16 2019 record, no other ATP player has more wins since this January.</p><p>Some noteworthy statistics over the three weeks preceeding the US Open, apart from Medvedev making three consecutive finals, is how dominant the victories have been. Removing the three finals which were tight and against fanastic opposition, and the 3-set Djokovic match in Cincinnati, we are left with 12 matches. In these affairs, with opponents averaging out at 41.75 in the world rankings, the average margin of victory has been a whopping 6.58 games! This is over the best of three sets format. Frankly, Daniil has been absolutely demolishing any opponent who doesn´t belong in the absolute elite. With Gunneswaran a fringe top 100 player, a gulf in class is apparent here. The Russian is sitting over 10% higher in the hold/break ratio and a whopping 450 points higher in the hard-court ELO ratings, giving Medvedev about a 93% expected win probability in this matchup. Anything other than a beatdown would be a surprise, and with Pinnacle offering 1.91 for the -9.5 games handicap, we pounce immediately with a large investment.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="US Open Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best bet: Daniil Medvedev -9.5 games at 1.91 (91/100) with [Pinnacle] 2.5u</strong></em></a></p><p><em><strong><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=164&a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0003/1348572/WHC_27064_Updated-In-Play-Tennis-Insurance_1280x480NEW.jpg" style="width:100%" /></a></strong></em></p><h2>Andrea Petkovic vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu</h2><p><strong>Monday, August 26, New York</strong></p><p>Andrea Petkovic has been on the WTA tour for quite some time now, and at her peak twice entered the top 10 on the rankings, her highest being world number 9. After those two spells in 2011 and 2012, the German fell off the face of the tennis planet completetely, ending the latter year ranked 143. In 2014, Andrea made it back to rank 13, but has since struggled both on and off the court. One of the most outspoken players on tour, the 31-year openly talked about her battle with depression, with contemplating retirement. Sometimes, she´s also touched upon the seemingly hopeless feeling of treading water around the top 100 mark, not wanting where she wanted to be. This year, Petkovic is ranked 88, and hasn´t had the best of results in compiling a 17-22 record. The best result for the German came at Roland Garros where she made the 3rd round, losing to eventual Champion Ashleigh Barty. However, Petkovic has looked in decent form as of late, taking two upset victories against Alize Cornet and the in-form Camilla Giorgi. She will be hoping to carry this momentum with her to the US Open.</p><p>About one year ago, things were looking oh so bright for Mihaela Buzarnescu. After winning her maiden title in San José last year and breaking the top 20 as a 30-year old, one felt that all of the hard work had finally paid off. Mihaela had contemplated retirement just two years earlier, struggling with a left knee injury which forced the Romanian under the knife on two separate occasions. The title glory would not last long, as disaster struck again. Buzarnescu suffered a horrible ankle injury the week after in Montreal. And she´s never been the same since. Apart from the taxing work of recovering physically, it seems that the 31-year old has suffered even more greatly mentally from yet another cruel setback. Coming in with a woeful 12-27 record on the year, the Romanian is struggling for confidence and looks to be playing scared. Mihaela has been able to roll back the clock and play some inspired tennis, like the match against Halep at Wimbledon, where the eventual Champion was pushed to three sets. Those matches however, have been few and far between.</p><p>In a matchup between two struggling players, recent form often dictates who has that little bit of extra confidence in themselves, beeing able to get over the line and win. Here, that player is certainly Andrea Petkovic. Playing some decent tennis in New York last week, she´ll hope to build upon those performances this week and will fancy her chances against Buzarnescu. The Romanian has never been past round 1 here, and only once in four attempts has she even been able to qualify for the main draw. Right now, Mihaela is a shell of herself, and Petkovic looks primed to take advantage. At a price of 1.80 with William Hill, a win for the German is the best course of action here.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="US Open Betting Odds"><strong><em>Best bet: Andrea Petkovic to win at 1.80 (4/5) with [WilliamHill] 1u</em></strong></a></p></div>