Tennis Best Bets for August 25

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The North American hardcourt swing continues this week with the final U.S. Open tune-up in Winston-Salem. Unlike Toronto and Cincinnati, this event offers just 250 ranking points to the winner, which is the smallest of the four types of main-level tournaments. Still, the matches should mean a lot to the players who have entered, considering they will want to get right for New York in a week.

With that said, let's get right into our picks for Wednesday.

Daniel Evans (-140) vs. Richard Gasquet (+110)

Evans is currently in pretty bad shape. The British No. 1 had a bout with COVID-19 earlier this year and hasn't seemed to fully recover his form, heading down a four-match losing streak before turning around his luck with a win over Lucas Pouille on Tuesday.

In said win, Evans was beaten down by Pouille in the first set before the Frenchman picked up a back injury and was clearly not the same. He hung around to finish the match, but Evans did little to win it. With his form clearly still not there, I favor Gasquet in this matchup.

One of the elder statesmen of the tour, Gasquet was impressive in his win over Egor Gerasimov on Monday with plenty of great passing shots and solid service holds, being broken just once and winning two tiebreaks. With the extra day of rest here, and the superb form (six wins in his last eight matches), I like Gasquet to prevail here and as mentioned above would make him the favorite. His ability to hold serve should put too much pressure on Evans.

Edge: Gasquet +110

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Carlos Alcaraz (-110) vs. Marton Fucsovics (-115)

In what could go down as the match of the tournament, we see two heavyweights duke it out on the Stadium Court under the lights. On one end we have World No. 54 Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old tennis prodigy from Spain who packs a gigantic punch on his forehand and has quickly turned into one of the most feared players on tour and an all-surface player. On the other we have the experienced World No. 42 Marton Fucsovics, in his prime at 30 years old.

Both have the ability to hit some of the most creative and eye-popping shots you'll ever see, and Wednesday should prove to be an exhibition in that area. With that, I'm going to have to favor the youngster.

With a Grand Slam right around the corner, I'd be surprised if Fucsovics put forth more effort into this one than Alcaraz. Every win and every deep tournament run means to the world to the 19-year-old, and ATP 250s are a perfect place to start racking up trophies and plaques. Furthermore, the Hungarian's form hasn't been too sharp, playing just two matches since Wimbledon including one straight-set loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Cincinnati which saw him lose several games in a row to blow his first-set lead.

Alcaraz is in top shape here and he should use his huge forehand to hit Fucsovics off the court.

Edge: Alcaraz -110

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