US Open betting preview
A golden summer of British Tennis was ensured earlier this month as Andy Murray ended 78 years of hurt by becoming the first male Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry. The Scot beat friend and closest rival Novak Djokovic in straight sets to take the title.
You could be forgiven for thinking that with the Wimbledon trophy in the locker, Murray would take a bit of time to relax and enjoy the sun. There’s no chance of this however as we are just a few short weeks away Murray will head to Flushing Meadows, New York to defend his US Open title. The triumph of Wimbledon has somewhat overshadowed the fact that Murray holds this Grand Slam as well, and that his victory here last year marked his first ever Grand Slam.
His opponent then, just like at 2013’s Wimbledon was Novak Djokovic. The Serb is still number one seed and looks likely to be Murray’s biggest rival on the hard court surfaces of Flushing Meadows this August and September. Djokovic’s unbelievable fitness, physicality and mental strength has seen him push ahead of long-term rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the rankings in recent times and is backed at 13/8 to win this competition with bet365. Other providers such as BetVictor extend it ever so slightly to 15/8, whilst Skybet have the six-time Grand Slam champ at 6/4 to add to his collection.
As you’d expect Andy Murray is seen as the Serb’s closest rival and the bookies can’t decide amongst themselves about who exactly has the edge, only that it will be very close. SkyBet also have Murray at 13/8 with Bet365 plumping for a slightly shorter 6/4. If you hunt around at this stage you can get as long as 2/1 on the Scot with the likes of 888Sport and Unibet.
Aside from the two front runners Rafael Nadal should never by overlooked and will no-doubt be looking to erase the memory of an early exit in SW19 by taking the US Open. If he can steer clear of his well documented injury problems then odds of 7/1 could well be worth a shout.
Roger Federer, perhaps the greatest male tennis player of all time is another smarting from an early exit at Wimbledon. Considered the outsider of the big four, some bookmakers place him at 11/1.
Other strong players to look out for are Juan Martin Del Potro, a former winner of this competition, backed at 13/1 in some quarters, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga at 40/1 and Tomas Berdych, who comes in at 50/1.