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Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, points out distractions in the crowd during his match against Steve Johnson, of the United States, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, early Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, points out distractions in the crowd during his match against Steve Johnson, of the United States, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, early Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)|Associated Press
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U.S. Open Sunday men's doubles: Abrams picks Marius Copil & Kyrgios vs Marach & Melzer, Bopanna & Shapovalov vs Murray & Supski

Both matches scheduled to start at 3 pm EDT

Neal Abrams

Neal Abrams

U.S. Open

Flushing Meadows, NY, USA

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Men’s Doubles

Marius Copil/Nick Kyrgios over Oliver Marach/Jurgen Melzer

Now that Aussie Nick Kyrgios is out of the singles one of two things are possible. Either he wants to make quick work of this doubles match and escape The City to go back home Down Under (he has said that he wants to go home), or he now has more incentive to do his best to win this match because this is all he’s got left. Who knows what goes on in his mind? But if Kyrgios/Copil want to win, they can. An underlying interest in this match with the two Austrians is that Jurgen Melzer is now 38-years-old, and old guys who gravitate to doubles generally are super enthused and very desirous of doing well in that event. This should provide a lot of incentive on both sides, and this match could be the sleeper of the day.

Rohan Bopanna/Denis Shapovalov over Jamie Murray/Neal Supski

This is a tough match to pick because Shapovalov is playing better tennis than I’ve ever seen him play and Murray/Supski are a really terrific team. Doubles is decidedly different than singles, putting priority on different shots and skills, so most often when a good doubles team comes up against guys who have made their bones on the singles court, the doubles team wins. But Bopanna/Shapovalov simply destroyed the 4th seeds, the accomplished French tea of Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut, so it tells me that not only is Shapolvalov playing some great tennis, but that his singles groove has invaded his doubles play too. His partner, Rohan Bopanna is a 39-year-old Indian doubles specialist who serves, volleys, and returns serve really well, in the way that has become tradition for Indian tennis players. In a really tight contest, I like Bopanna/Shapovalov.

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