An exciting edition of the US Open is expected over the next fortnight with the men’s draw relatively open. On the back of his Wimbledon success, Novak Djokovic is the pre-tournament favourite, however a host of others including last year’s champion Rafael Nadal and five-time winner Roger Federer are attracting plenty of interest.
For those looking for extra value, there’s also an argument to mount for players with double-digit odds in Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. Here we take a look at the chances of the main contenders.
A 13-time major winner, Djokovic shapes as the man to beat in New York. His win at Wimbledon marked a significant return to form for the Serbian whilst his semi-final epic with Rafael Nadal will go down in history as one of the great matches at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. A two-time winner and four-time runner-up in this tournament, he has featured in six of the past eight finals. To that end, expect plenty of punters to take Djokovic to make it to the final match of the US Open.
The man known as GOAT appears great value at $6.50*. After taking out the Australian Open earlier this year, Federer was the pre-tournament favourite for Wimbledon. He appeared on track to take the trophy until it uncharacteristically came unstuck for him in a five-set quarter final epic with Kevin Anderson.
A five-time winner in the year’s final major, the Swiss has displayed some good form in the tournament lead-up, beating Stan Wawrinka and David Goffin on his way to the final of the Cincinnati Masters (a match he lost 6-4, 6-4 to Djokovic). A crowd favourite wherever and whenever he plays, will this edition of the US Open mark Federer’s 21st Grand Slam success?
Impossible to write off, Rafael Nadal is expected to play well into the second week at Flushing Meadows. The winner of this time-honoured event last year (his third US Open success), the Spaniard is in a rich vein of form, following up his 11th French Open success in June with a Wimbledon semi-final appearance and most recently a Canadian Open triumph. A 17-time major winner, Nadal is currently the top ranked male player in the world and enters this with the No.1 seeding.
Plenty of noise is being made about hard-hitting Alexander Zverev @ $11*. The German he has reached at least the 3rd Round at four of the past five Grand Slams, and has enjoyed a relatively successful build-up, winning the Washington Open earlier this month. Although the current world no.4 has never reached the semi-final stage of a major, it only appears a matter of time until he does so.
For fans of Aussie tennis, Nick Kyrgios @ $34* appears the best hope of holding the trophy aloft. One of the few players on tour to have beaten each of the big three, the Canberra born 23-year old will be hoping for a far better result in New York than last year when he lost to fellow Aussie John Millman in the 1st Round.