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Wondering whether to back Zhang or Hijikata in this third-round battle? My tennis predictions today will give you an idea of the most likely outcomes. And the two markets I’ve picked show real value thanks to the odds. Check these out below.
Our favourite Zhizhen Zhang vs Rinky Hijikata predictions
It goes without saying that both of these guys have done extremely well to reach the third round. In fact, Zhang has endured two five-set battles and come through the other side in both of them. As for Hijikata, he is making full use of the wildcard that was awarded to him for this event. But at the end of the day, only one guy can go through, so who will it be?
Take a look at the following ATP US Open 2023 predictions for two key markets.
Hijikata to win @ 6/5 (2.20)
Based on the way that he played against Fucsovics in his last match, I can see Hijikata taking the win in this match. Not only that, but Zhang must be running on fumes after two gruelling five-set matches to make it here.
4 total sets @ 8/5 (2.60)
I am shooting for a 4 set contest here because I do feel that Zhang will have enough in the tank to snag a set from Hijikata. At the same time, he has beaten Hijikata this season in what was a three-set contest. Therefore, he clearly knows how to beat the Aussie, yet the fatigue he must be experiencing could impact his performance significantly.
The odds in this article were correct at the time of writing, and the odds are subject to change. We recommend checking with your bookmaker before placing a bet.
The wildcard with an awesome chance of making the fourth round
Do you know about the background and standings for these two guys? If not, let me share a brief preview before we continue.
Zhizhen Zhang preview
Zhang is the higher-ranked of these two players at 67 in the world. He has also beaten Hijikata in their only meeting, so these factors might point towards a win for Zhang. Yet with his back-to-back five-set matches, especially with the draining win over Ruud in the previous round, Hijikata could take him out on physicality alone.
Rinky Hijikata preview
Hijikata was fortunate to secure a wildcard into the main draw this year. At 110 in the ATP rankings, he wouldn’t normally make the main draw with such a ranking. Nevertheless, he has made the third round already, and he is about to face a man who has played 10 sets to reach this point. In contrast, Hijikata has played just 7, which is a big difference with conditions in New York being how they are.
Zhang vs Hijikata head to head
There is one silver lining for Zhang fans ahead of this contest, and that is the fact that he leads the head-to-head against Hijikata 1-0. Yet interestingly, this isn’t recorded in the official ATP head-to-head, however, as the match was played in a Challenger in Phoenix.
Key match details
- Match Schedule – September 1st, 20:15 GMT
- Venue – New York, USA
- Viewing Options – Sky Sports
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