Novak Djokovic US Open

The US Open gets underway on the 26th August in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Novak Djokovic is the defending Men’s Singles champion and he looks set to compete against his old rivals Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal for that title once more. It has been another epic year for men’s tennis with Federer’s defeat of Nadal in the Wimbledon semi-final and subsequent loss to Djokovic in the final being the highlights.

In the Women’s Singles, defending champion Naomi Osaka is top seeded. Serena Williams, aiming for a record 24th grand slam title, is seeded eighth.

Men’s Singles Tournament

Dominant Djokovic is available at 11/10 to repeat his 2018 victory. The Serb is at the peak of his powers, winning two out of three grand slams this year, only losing out in the French Open semi-final. His rivals will gain some hope from the unexpected losses he has had on the Tour this year though. He most recently lost to young Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Cincinnati Masters. Djokovic is by no means infallible but he is our pick to win a fourth US Open title.

It seems more common than ever these days that Djokovic is joined at the top of the betting by Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. Second seed Nadal is listed at 3/1 with Bet365 while Swiss legend Roger Federer can be backed at 7/1. Federer played in his first tournament since that Wimbledon defeat at the Cincinnati Masters last week. It’s fair to say he didn’t play to his usual high standards and he suffered a surprising straight sets defeat to Andrey Rublev in the Round of 16.

Further down the betting there is a number of young hopefuls aiming for their first Grand Slam. The only issue is that they are all in the same side of the draw. Nick Kyrgios (80/1), Dominic Thiem (28/1), Felix Auger-Alissame (66/1), Stefanos Tsitsipas (25/1)  and Denis Shapovalov (100/1) will all be contesting for a spot in the same semi-final. This cohort of young players have all shown they have great talent but whether they have the temperament for a two-week Grand Slam is another question altogether.

31-year-old Roberto Bautista Agut will be hoping to better his Wimbledon performance at this tournament. The Spaniard reached his first Grand Slam semi-final during the summer and a similar performance is not out of the question here. The aforementioned Medvedev could also have a big say in this tournament. The Russian is 12/1 to win it all.

BET NOW: Novak Djokovic @ 11/10 – Bet365

Outright Betting (selected) from Bet365

Novak Djokovic 11/10  Rafa Nadal 3/1

Roger Federer 7/1  Daniil Medvedev 12/1

Stefanos Tsitsipas 25/1  Dominic Thiem 28/1

Roberto Bautista Agut 66/1  Nick Kyrgios 80/1

Women’s Singles Tournament

Young star and defending champion Naomi Osaka is the US Open Women’s Singles top seed for this year’s tournament. The Japan-born player looked unstoppable at last year’s tournament and she added another piece to her trophy cabinet at the Australian Open this year. Unfortunately Osaka retired with injury in the quarter-final of the Cincinnati Masters and it will be interesting to see if she is fit to last two weeks in the humid New York summer.

There have been two first-time winners in the three Grand Slams this year with Ash Barty winning the French Open and Simona Halep winning at Wimbledon and we are predicting a third to be crowned here. 2017 finalist Madison Keys won her second title of the year last week at the Cincinnati Masters and she looks set to finally make the breakthrough as a Grand Slam winner. Her 2017 runner-up finish was followed by a semi-final run last year and it would be a surprise if she doesn’t reach that stage again this year.

Of course we cannot mention the US Open without talking about Serena Williams. The six-time champion faces her old foe Maria Sharapova in the first round. A win there could set her up for a long tournament run and a chance to regain the title she first won back in 1999. Williams is the favourite, available at 9/2 with Bet365.

Wildcard entry Coco Gauff is another player attracting interest in the betting. Her meteoric rise isn’t slowing down any time soon and it isn’t completely out of the question that she goes on a long run here. Her fourth-round loss at Wimbledon came against eventual champion Halep. She beat former World No.1 Barty in an exhibition match last week which is sure to stand her in good stead. 15-year-old Gauff is 40/1 to go all the way.

BET NOW: Madison Keys @ 14/1 – Bet365

Outright Betting (selected) from Bet365

Serena Williams 9/2   Simona Halep 8/1

Ash Barty 11/1   Bianca Andreescu 14/1

Karolina Pliskova 12/1  Naomi Osaka 12/1

Madison Keys 14/1  Coco Gauff 40/1

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