Day 3 for the open
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It seems like a long time ago that Istomin was testing Rafael Nadal in an entertaining second-round U.S. Open clash. Of course, it was just last year, but Istomin has been positively dreadful ever since. The Uzbek owns a dismal 10-20 record at the ATP level this season, so he recently went back to the Challenger circuit to pick up some victories. Sweeting, on the other hand, is in the midst of a breakout year on tour with a 14-15 record. The American is in much better form than his opponent, has played more hard-court matches this summer, and will have the crowd behind him.
GUILLERMO GARCIA-LOPEZ (-150) VS. DANIEL GIMENO-TRAVER (+110)
Garcia-Lopez has been hampered by an arm injury all summer long. He attempted to play in Cincinnati but retired in the opening round. Garcia-Lopez rides a four-match losing streak into the U.S. Open and he has not advanced out of a first round since Stuttgart in early July. Gimeno-Traver’s season has been nothing to write home about, but he has been in decent form on clay of late. He also made a surprising run to third round in Flushing Meadows last year, so Gimeno-Traver has to be feeling good about his chances in this one.
JOHN ISNER (-275) VS. MARCOS BAGHDATIS (+185) and KAROL BECK (-450) VS. DIEGO JUNQUEIRA (+275)
Isner has already defeated Baghdatis twice this summer—in Montreal and Winston-Salem. There is no reason to think anything different will happen in New York. Baghdatis has never fared well at the U.S. Open while Isner reached the fourth round in 2009 and the third round last year. The 6-foot-9’ American, who won the Winston-Salem title, owns a 12-4 record on hard courts this summer. As for Beck-Junqueira, the last time the Argentine played a hard-court match was in January…of 2010. Beck won a hard-court Challenger event this month, so count on him destroying Junqueira in straight sets.
Pick: ISNER and BECK
MONICA NICULESCU (-150) VS. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU (+110)
It’s never hard to follow up one of the biggest wins of your career with another victory, but Dulgheru has a good chance of doing just that in an all-Romanian affair on Wednesday. For Dulgheru, who ousted Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the first round, this is not her first rodeo on the big stage. She reached the Miami quarterfinals earlier this season before extending Maria Sharapova to a third-set tiebreaker. Niculescu withdrew from a tournament in Vancouver in early August with an abdominal injury and although she returned for three events prior to the U.S. Open, she won just a single main-draw match in that span.