Alexei Popyrin of Australia will face No. 24 seed Daniel Evans of the United Kingdom in the third round of the 2021 US Open.
The winner of this tie will advance to face either the World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev or Spain's Pablo Andújar Alba in the fourth round.
Daniel Evans already prevailed 6-4, 6-4 when the pair met in the first round of the 2021 Queen's Club Championship (on grass) in mid-June – their first-ever head-to-head meeting.
Alexei Popyrin Betting Preview
Alexei Popyrin already leveled his best US Open performance as he reached the third round in his only previous appearance in 2019.
Earlier in the competition, Popyrin claimed a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over Moldova's Radu Albot, and his form continued in the next round.
The 22-year-old Aussie already knocked out one seeded player to defeat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the second round. Against the odds, Popyrin stunned the 2019 semi-finalist in successive tie-breaks before Dimitrov retired injured during the third set when Popyrin's win was already inevitable at 4-0 games.
Moreover, with a victory against Evans, Popyrin will reach the US Open fourth round for the first time, and the Australian will likewise improve his all-time Grand Slam record.
Meanwhile, Alexei Popyrin started his North American hardcourt swing in Atlanta. He lost to experienced American Steve Johnson in the first round and then suffered another first-round exit in Washington, where he lost 6-3, 6-3 to USA's Brandon Nakashima.
His next stop was the Canadian Open in Toronto, where Popyrin failed to qualify as he lost 7-5, 6-7, 6-7 to Great Britain's Liam Broady.
Popyrin's first win during the North American hardcourt swing came in the first qualifying round of the Cincinnati Masters. He defeated Jack Sock to end a five-match losing streak across all competitions. However, he again failed to make it through qualifying as he lost 6-3, 6-7, 5-7 to Corentin Moutet of France.
It was another poor performance, and Popyrin was destined to participate at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open, where he earned three consecutive victories over Sasi Kumar of India, Yosuke Watanuki of Japan, and American Steve Johnson (beating the first two in qualifiers) before a 7-6, 1-6, 6-7 defeat to eventual semi-finalist Carlos Alcaraz. Nevertheless, it was a morale-boosting streak for the Australian – his first such run on hard courts since he won his first-ever ATP title at the Singapore Open earlier in the season.
Daniel Evans Betting Preview
Daniel Evans is just one step away from bettering his best-ever US Open performance as Great Britain's top-ranked player already reached the third round on several occasions (in 2013, 2016, and 2019) but is yet to make it through.
Dan Evans was far from convincing in his build-up to the US Open as the 31-year-old Briton won only one of his four matches during the North American hardcourt swing.
He had to endure three consecutive defeats, including back-to-back first-round defeats at the two Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati, before a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over France's Lucas Pouille in the second round of the 2021 Winston-Salem Open. However, he failed to overcome his next French opponent at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open as Evans lost 6-4, 7-6 to veteran Richard Gasquet in his last match before the US Open.
Dan Evans kicked off his US Open journey with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Brazil's Thiago Monteira, and he gained momentum with another four-set (6-4, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3) win against USA's Marcos Giron in the second round.
Should he reach the fourth round, Dan Evans will equal his best-ever Grand Slam performance – he previously reached the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open – some months before his ban (he was banned due to testing positive for cocaine in April 2017).
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
BetOnline has opened Daniel Evans as a money line favorite at -156, while Alexei Popyrin is at +136.