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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2018, file photo, Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Djokovic is seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open, which he won last year for the third time. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2018, file photo, Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Djokovic is seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open, which he won last year for the third time. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)|Associated Press
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U.S. Open men's 3rd round Part 2: Abrams picks Medvedev vs Lopez, Djokovic vs Kudla, Dimitrov vs Majchrzak, Goffin vs Carreno Busta

These matches start Friday at 12:30 pm EDT.

Neal Abrams

Neal Abrams

Daniil Medvedev over Feliciano Lopez

This should be a very entertaining match. Lopez is a thrilling pro to watch, and Medvedev simply bludgeons the ball. The only time they played, two years ago, Lopez won in straight sets, but now Medvedev is ranked #5 in the world, and he’ll assert his dominance whenever possible.

Novak Djokovic over Denis Kudla

The Joker doesn’t look right to me. We all know about his left (off) shoulder injury, but there’s something about him that looked like he is hiding something else. I must admit that watching him trade groundstroke missles against Juan Ignacio Londero on Wednesday night was really thrilling. For anyone who questions just how much better the men are than the women, just put on a Youtube clip of that match and watch how they simply crushed balls against each other. Kudla is coming off of a nice win over Dusan Lajovic and I don’t think he has the game to beat Nole, but mark my words: Nole will not repeat.

Grigor Dimitrov over Kamil Majchrzak

I am thrilled to see Grigor Dimitrov back in the third round here at the Open. He did get some luck, getting a walkover from Borna Coric, who had to pull out because of a bad back, but he’s paid his dues and he deserves this. Kamil Majchrzak, a 23-year-old Pole, qualified for the main draw and then won two matches with the big boys. Going into this tournament he had a 2019 record of 1-4. I don’t know a lot about the Pole, but based on numbers and reputation, I’d say, “Take the money and run.”

David Goffin over Pablo Carreno Busta

This is going to be a very hard match-up for Belgian David Goffin. Carreno Busta won their only meeting, but that was way back in 2013, so I discount that match. However the Spaniard is a ferocious competitor, and is used to standing out there in the dirt hitting shot after shot for hour after hour. Goffin, however, has shown his best tennis this year lately, and he’s got all of the resolve that his Spanish opponent has. I also think that the surface should help Goffin. But this should be a war.

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