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Aslan Karatsev vs Jenson Brooksby Tips - Back Brooksby to win

  • US Open Men’s Singles 3rd Round match will take place at Court 17 on Saturday (20:30 BST)
  • Karatsev won his only previous meeting against Brooksby 
Jenson Brooksby
Jenson Brooksby (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
The man that came from nowhere to reach a Grand Slam Semi Final to start the year, hasn’t reached those heights since. 

Since his win in Dubai in March, the 21st-ranked Russian has a 14-12 record going 1-3 in the lead-up to the US Open. 
Aslan Karatsev
Aslan Karatsev (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Karatsev beat Jaume Munar 7-5 1-6 6-3 6-2 in the first round before posting a tough 3-6 3-6 7-5 7-6 6-1 win against Jordan Thompson in the second round. He saved a fourth-set math point against Thompson – realistically a match the Australian should have won up two sets to love, wasting a number of opportunities. 

Karatsev's third-round opponent is young American Jenson Brooksby, and he has the game to trouble the hard hitting Russian. Brooksby is extremely patient with a game of precision and placement, which will require Karatsev to generate his own pace and based on his last five months, this could lead to plenty of unforced errors.

Brooksby beat Mikael Ymer 7-5 6-2 5-7 6-3 in the first round in New York before ousting compatriot Taylor Fritz 6-4 7-6 7-5 6-2 in the second round.

Verdict

Brooksby is a player on the rise – he has a 40-9 record in 2021, and has claimed a number of scalps over the last few weeks including Tiafoe, Auger Aliassime and Fritz. I expect the American to reach his first Grand Slam Round of 16.

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