Alex de Minaur vs Filip Krajinovic
August 29, 2022 2:15 pm EDT
The Line: Alex de Minaur -400 / Filip Krajinovic +300
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Alex de Minaur will meet Filip Krajinovic in the First Round of the US Open. The match will be played on Monday August 29th, 2022 at 2:15pm EST.
Alex de Minaur is the 18th seed here at the US Open and is the 20th ranked player in the world. The Australian number one has been in good form this year on hard courts, with a 15-8 record so far, winning the Atlanta Open recently. In his most recent events, he lost in the Third Round to Nick Kyrgios in Montreal, and in the Second Round to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Cincinnati. The Aussie has a very solid all-court game, and has no real weaknesses. His biggest strengths are his movement and return, and he will be banking on those to get him through this match with Filip Krajinovic.
Filip Krajinovic is unseeded here at the US Open and is ranked 45th on the ATP Tour. The Serbian is a very dangerous player across all surfaces, but apart from a Finals appearance at Queens has been having a poor year. He lost in the First Round in Montreal and Second Round in Cincinnati, to Stefanos Tsitsipas. His all-around game can trouble even the world’s best when he’s playing well and aggressively, but we haven’t seen much of that this year. His best chance of success here will be to take time away from Alex de Minaur and possibly attack the net as much as possible, so we will see what tactics he employs.
This should be a comfortable win for Alex de Minaur, but Filip Krajinovic is the type of player than can surprise you at any given time. The Australian has the edge in form and pedigree on this surface, so I am expecting him to win, but it won’t be as easy as it may appear. Krajinovic has the game to pull off the upset, but that seems unlikely and we will see de Minaur advancing here in four or five sets at the US Open.