Tennis | US Open 2018 | Preview and Odds
The US Open starts on Monday and after a surprising turn of events at Wimbledon, which saw favourite Roger Federer fall at the Quarter-Final and Serena Williams defeated by Angelique Kerber, this Grand Slam is all to play for.
Our tennis betting expert takes you through the best tips and who might take home the trophy.
Djokovic to hold onto Winning Streak?
Novak Djokovic seems to be going from strength to strength recently, having been crowned this year’s Wimbledon victor and claiming the Cincinnati Masters title, and he’ll definitely be looking to carry his form through to the US Open with his odds standing at 9/4.
The question is will he be able to fend off Federer for a second time?
Federer is no stranger to a US open final and holds the record for most singles titles, winning the tournament a total of five times. He looks good value at 4/1 to make this six, as long as he doesn’t suffer a similar Cincinnati fate in his predicted Quarter-final encounter with Djokovic.
Luck of the draw for Nadal
There is no doubt that Rafael Nadal won’t give up his US open title without a fight, and after having been served what he should find a smooth-sailing ride to the Quarter-final, his odds aren’t to be ignored at 3/1.
Williams to receive another Kerb ball?
Williams is sure to be back with a vengeance having just lost out on this year’s Wimbledon top-spot, followed by a disappointing early exit from the recent Masters tournament. She leads the favourites at 9/2 and will be keen to secure a record breaking seventh US open win.
However, having kept us guessing all year she’s not so much of a safe bet this time round, and I don’t know if more value lies in backing the underdogs, with Kerber to repeat her Wimbledon success offering a more lucrative return at 7/1. Simona Halep is also one to watch at 13/2 , especially if she carries on from where she left off at Cincinnati.
Williams success on home turf
With Djokovic claiming that we’re yet to see him at his finest form, he’s my favourite to triumph in this year’s men’s singles and despite the tough competition, I’ll be putting my money on Serena’s 9/2 odds to bounce back and reclaim her crown.