Tennis Best Bets for August 26

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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 remain, considering they will want to get right for New York in just a few days.

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

Richard Gasquet (+142) vs. Emil Ruusuvuori (-190)

The run that 35-year-old Richard Gasquet is on here at Winston-Salem is pretty fun. He's showcased his incredibly beautiful backhand to produce winners off of that wing, and his expert point construction has stifled his competition. With a hungry young riser in Emil Ruusuvuori lurking, I think this is where the fun comes to an end.

Gasquet's competition has been relatively unassuming. There was Egor Gerasimov, a poor groundstroker who hasn't produced much of anything since his rise to the top 100 a couple years ago, and a terribly out of form Dan Evans, who is very lost at the moment on the court. Even with weaker opponents, Gasquet still was a bit shaky in getting to the finish line, playing closer matches than his scores would indicate.

Ruusuvuori is simply a different animal. He should work Gasquet all around the court and bring out the progressive fatigue inside the aging veteran by overpowering him. His service games have been pretty ironclad thus far, too, putting the pressure on the Gasquet serve. It doesn't seem likely Ruusuvuori should get into much trouble on serve with the way Gasquet has returned, so I'm inclined to think this game spread is a pretty good bet.

Edge: Ruusuvuori -2.5 Games

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Marcos Giron (+120) vs. Carlos Alcaraz (-150)

As was the case with Gasquet, the path that American Marcos Giron has taken to get here hasn't been the most challenging, and even then his matches haven't been the slightest bit convincing.

Giron fell behind early against two Argentinian clay-court specialists in Facundo Bagnis and Federico Delbonis in the first two rounds before surviving a tight three-setter against an out-of-form Pierre Hugues-Herbert. His flat groundstrokes lack confidence right now, and I'm not sure this slower hardcourt surface suits him as well as it does Carlos Alcaraz.

On the total opposite end of the spectrum, the Spaniard has mowed down two talented players in Alexei Popyrin and Marton Fucsovics, and will be delighted to finally see a player he's decisively more talented than. His shot-making has been sublime and he's hitting his big forehand with confidence, deep into the court. He looked like a simply impossible player to stop in the third set on Wednesday, and I just don't see Giron doing anything here to make up the lofty talent gap.

Alcaraz is clearly hungry and wants this title bad, putting forth maximum effort even with the U.S. Open around the corner. I think he'll be rewarded with his second career title here in Winston-Salem.

Edge: Alcaraz -150

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