A decade ago Andy Murray was crowned US Open Champion, now at the age of 35 he has a tough first round match against Francisco Cerundolo in New York. We have Predictions for each first round match at the US Open including Nick Kyrgio’s first round match.
Andy Murray vs. Francisco Cerundolo
Damian Kust: Francisco Cerundolo’s forehand translates without problems over the rubbers, that much is now clear. If the Argentine shoots, he can probably tell that the quality of Andy Murray’s movement is a lot worse than it was in his prime, but it should be pretty tight. Cerundolo in the 5th
David Gertler: Andy Murray is still solid from the baseline and very smart, although he has shown in recent games that his fitness isn’t what it used to be. A few hours chasing Cerundolo’s huge forehand will further test his fitness and I think Murray will crack. Cerundolo is the fitter player with the best weapon on the court in his forehand. Cerundolo in the 5th
Alexander Bublik versus Hugo Gaston
Damian: Trick shots galore, but are they really an accompaniment to quality tennis? That remains to be seen. Form wise it’s a big advantage for Alexander Bublik as Hugo Gaston is just not having fun on the Main Tour this year. Bublik in the 4th
David: Bublik has a huge serve but can mentally check out games. Gaston is a skilled player with an excellent drop shot, but Bublik just has such a power advantage, he should be able to smash through the Frenchman and win this match. Bublik in the 4th
Karen Khachanov versus Denis Kudla
Damian: Karen Khachanov won this one in four sets at the Australian Open. He should be able to do it again as Denis Kudla had a terrible warm-up campaign and generally posed no major threat on anything but grass on the ATP Tour. Khachanov in the 4th
David: Khachanov has a big serve and a strong forehand, which will be the two biggest shots on the court in this match. Kudla is out of shape and currently has a shaky baseline game with a mediocre rally tolerance. Khachanov should be able to overpower Kudla in this case. Khachanov in the 4th
Jordan Thompson vs. Lorenzo Sonego
Damian: Jordan Thompson lost in the quarterfinals at Granby last week, but his performance was extremely shaky when he almost got knocked out by Justin Boulais in the second round. He didn’t seem ready to go deep at the US Open. Lorenzo Sonego wasn’t at his best either, but it should have more to do with his racquet than the Australian. Sonego in the 5th
David: Thompson is a consistent and skilled player who will test Sonego’s rally tolerance and fitness. While Sonego has a big serve and heavy forehand, I think he’ll fail against the Aussie in the best-of-five in the heat and humidity of New York City.