- Novak Djokovic has (-130) odds to win the US Open and complete the calendar Grand Slam.
- Daniil Medvedev is listed as the biggest threat with odds of (+325) and the slot of being the second-best option.
- Alexander Zverev (+550) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (+900) are the only other competitors with odds short of +2800 for the event.
NEW YORK – The US Open started on Monday morning and will run through the second week of September. Novak Djokovic is the heavy favorite to win the tournament with sportsbooks only listing a few real threats to his title victory.
The Four Favorites
With Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer withdrawing from the tournament, the field is noticeably weaker than in years past. Regulated sports betting sites list four athletes far ahead of the field on the odds board.
Novak Djokovic (-130)
Novak Djokovic is looking to become the first man to win the calendar Grand Slam since 1969 as the US Open is the last leg needed for him to do so. Djokivic has been playing on a different level this season and will be a tough man to bet against.
He has won three US Open titles in his career, the most recent coming in 2018. Djokovic is rightfully the favorite, and his price isn’t too bad considering how dominant he’s been playing.
Daniil Medvedev (+325)
Daniil Medvedev has yet to win a Grand Slam event in his career but has made it to the finals in both the US Open in 2019 and the Australian Open earlier this season. Those betting on tennis may side with Medvedev due to his price point and being the runner-up in the last Grand Slam event on hard court.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Medvedev is No. 2 in the ATP world rankings.
Alexander Zverev (+550)
Alexander Zverev is the reigning runner-up in the US Open as he lost in five sets to Dominic Thiem last year. Furthermore, Zverev is playing well as of late, as he took home the Olympic gold medal earlier this month. He beat Djokovic in the semifinals and will need to do so again in order to win the US Open as the two are scheduled to meet in the semifinals if both survive the preliminaries.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (+900)
Stefanos Tsitsipas would play Medvedev in the semifinal if he were to make it that far which gives his odds value. The longer it’s possible to avoid Djokovic the better. As the No. 3 player in the world, listing him as the fourth choice might seem a bit low considering his path. He may deserve to be the second or third option or at least be closer in odds to his opponents.
Last year, Dominic Thiem was the fourth choice on the board and ended up winning it all.
Can A Longshot Make A Run?
Given the way the top players have been performing, it’ll be a tough task for anyone to break through and become champion. However, it’s not impossible. Diego Schwartzman has (+8000) odds listed with online sportsbooks and has a good chance of making it to at least the quarterfinals.
Schwartzman is just 5’7, and could potentially meet 6’8 and 6’10 opponents in the next two rounds, but since he’s won 35% of his return games this season, he could easily keep progressing through the rounds. All things considered, he may be worth a small investment on his (+8000) line.
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