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US Open day 1 predictions including Ben Shelton vs. Nuno Borges

Ben Shelton has turned pro and meets Nuno Borges in the first round US Open, Shelton, a former top NCAA and junior star, is one of the players to watch at this year’s tournament. We have Predictions for every match at the US Open, including Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios first-round matches.

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniel Elahi Galan

Damian Kust: Daniel Elahi Galan has a decent hard-court game on serve and forehand, but it’s unlikely to be explosive enough to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas. Even if the Greek encounters some obstacles along the way, he is unlikely to lose this in the best-of-five format. Tsitsipas in the 4th

Steen Kirby: Galan was solid in qualifiers, he’s had a nice summer at the lower levels of the tour, but Tsitsipas comes out of the Cincinnati final and is a much stronger player on that surface. Although nothing is taken for granted in Best of 5, Tsitsipas should play with confidence and win this game. Tsitsipas in the 3rd

Ben Shelton versus Nuno Borges

Damian: Nuno Borges hasn’t played that well lately and he’s in the peloton mainly because he’s extremely grippy. Ben Shelton may be feeling the pressure, but he’s the far better hard-court player of the pair and that should be the deciding factor. Shelton in the 4th

Steen: Borges had a difficult qualifier win in the third round, he has limited experience at this level so it’s a great opponent for Ben Shelton. Shelton is ranked 171st as a newly turned pro, 19-9 in his career on the pro circuit, Shelton is showing promise and will be a player to watch this week. He should start with a win, although I’m expecting some nervousness at the start. Shelton in the 5th

Alex Molcan versus Thiago Monteiro

Damian: Thiago Monteiro can sometimes play well on hard courts, especially when his left serve is firing. However, Alex Molcan has a much more natural play for this surface, especially as his improvements in attack allowed him to extend his success from clay to all conditions. Molcan in the 4th

Steen: A semi-finalist in Hamburg, Molcan clinched a 2-1 win on hard this summer, Monteiro won a clay-court challenger title in July and much prefers the surface. Molcan should have a better hardcourt game and that’s enough. Molcan in the 4th

Stan Wawrinka vs. Corentin Moutet

Damian: We saw that at the French Open as Corentin Moutet could easily absorb Stan Wawrinka’s power and didn’t even have to rely on his diversity. It doesn’t feel like the Swiss has improved enough since then not to get in trouble again here. Moutet in the 5th

Steen: Moutet leads the H2H 2-0 including a win this year, Moutet is a lucky loser in this tournament, Wawrinka is 3-10 on the season and really struggling. Given the H2H, I will support Moutet even if none of the players are at a strong level at the moment. Moutet in the 4th

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