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Nadal to lead Spanish third-round charge in New York

03 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Nadal to lead Spanish third-round charge in New York

Spain boasts a slew of world-class tennis players - backing them to progress at the US Open should boost your accumulator nicely

2/9 – Rafael Nadal to beat Fabio Fognini

It was Fabio Fognini’s two shock clay-court victories over Rafael Nadal that sparked legitimate legitmate concerns over the Spaniard’s long-term prospects.

But five months on from Fognini’s last win in Barcelona, Nadal is in much better form.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner claimed a title in Stuttgart and then triumphed in Hamburg, gaining revenge over his Italian opponent with a straight-sets victory in the final.

Nadal has won 23 of his last 24 matches at Flushing Meadows and has never dropped a set to Fognini in a best-of-five match.

6/4 – Roberto Bautista-Agut to beat David Goffin

In what looks set to be a battle of the baseliners, Bautista-Agut’s price of 6/4 represents one of the best bets of the tournament so far.

Despite being a little off in recent months, the Spaniard’s strong showing in New York so far has emphasised his position as an excellent best-of-five-sets player.

Bautista-Agut’s 63 per cent winning record in the majors is 13 per cent higher than Goffin’s, while he also holds a 2-0 winning record over his Belgian opponent.

That is likely to be decisive.

6/4 – Feliciano Lopez to beat Milos Raonic

Having suffered back spasms, muscle pains and a fever, Milos Raonic showed his fighting qualities to scrape past Fernando Verdasco in the previous round.

But the after-effects of that effort are likely to hinder the Canadian against the dangerous left hander Feliciano Lopez.

Lopez is playing the best tennis of his career and defeated Raonic – and Nadal – last time out at the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.

The Spaniard is the in-form player and is expected to progress here.

15/8 – David Ferrer to beat Jeremy Chardy

He has endured injury problems this year, but David Ferrer has demonstrated all of his trademark battling qualities in his first two rounds.

Despite some impressive performances of late, Jeremy Chardy displays a level of inconsistency that a consistent player such as Ferrer will punish.

The flamboyant Frenchman’s poor head-to-head record against the Spaniard – he trails 6-1 – demonstrates this.

That record should be significant and the seventh seed is likely to win comfortably.

A £10 bet on the four-fold accumulator returns £117.12*.

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