The world number one has accounted for nearly two-thirds of all bets on the US Open.
Roger Federer will have to wait a bit longer if he wants to take his tally of Grand Slam’s to 20, as the current Australian Open and Wimbledon champion crashed out in four sets to Juan Martin Del Potro last night.
The Swiss was originally installed as the favourite for the tournament but never truly looked himself throughout. Following Federer’s first two matches, where he was forced to go the distance in both, the bookies revised their odds and elevated Rafael Nadal to the top of the market. Oddshecker users kept the faith however, and were still siding with Federer up until yesterday. 18.7% of bets on the market from Monday to Thursday midday were on Roger, whilst 15.6% were on Rafa.
You can’t keep faith in someone who has been knocked out however, and since Federer’s match came to a close, 63.2% of all bets on the US Open have been on Nadal. Bookmakers cut the world number one’s odds once again from 11/8 yesterday to best price 8/13, regardless of the fact he has not won a hard court tournament for over three years.
Del Potro is the next most backed, accounting for 25.2% of all bets since his quarter-final victory. His odds shortening from 16/1 to 7/2 (as short as 5/2 in places).
It is the first time the other two semi-finalists have made it this far into a Slam and despite one them being a guaranteed finalist, punters and bookies alike aren’t giving them much of a chance. Kevin Anderson is third in the market at 6/1 and the tall South African has attracted just 6.4% of bets. 26-year-old Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta has attracted just 5.2% of bets and is the 16/1 outsider for the title.
Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek: 'After Wimbledon champion Federer's exit the punters can only see one man emerging victorious at Flushing Meadows. Rafa Nadal last won the competition in 2013, but is back to his blistering old-self and is now odds-on to win his third US Open.'