Look, it probably doesn’t matter whether you’re a hard core tennis fan and betting enthusiast or a casual follower of the game that only likes to wager on the majors.
The bottom line on the Men’s ATP World Tour side of the event is that only one ‘real’ question surrounds the year’s last grand slam tournament.
Can anyone take down supremely talented World No. 1 Novak Djokovic?
Thanks to this expert tennis betting breakdown from a professional tennis coach no less, you’re going to be well-armed with information on just which players stand the best chance of beating ‘The Djoker’ and bringing home the bacon by winning the 2015 U.S. Open.
Date: August 31 – September 13 2015
Location: New York, New York
Stadium: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
TV Info: ESPN
First, let’s take a look at the odds.
2015 U.S. Open Men’s ATP Odds
- Djokovic, Novak-105
- Murray, Andy +350
- Federer, Roger +600
- Nadal, Rafael +1000
- Wawrinka, Stan +1100
- Nishikori, Kei +1400
- Cilic, Marin +2000
- Dimitrov, Grigor +2500
- Del Potro, Juan Martin +3300
- Berdych, Tomas +3300
- Raonic, Milos +3300
- Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried +5000
- Kyrgios, Nick +6600
- Ferrer, David +8000
- Monfils, Gael +10000
- Isner, John +10000
- Tomic, Bernard +10000
- Gasquet, Richard +15000
- Dolgopolov, Alexandr +20000
The Favorites To Win the 2015 U.S. Open:
- Djokovic, Novak
- Murray, Andy
- Federer, Roger
- Wawrinka, Stan
- Nishikori, Kei
- Cilic, Marin
Novak Djokovic is the clear-cut favorite to win the 2015 U.S. Open and he should be seeing as how the world No. 1 has gone 56-5 this season while winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and four Masters 1000 tournaments. Djokovic is 33-4 on hard courts this year.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 22, 2015
World No. 2 Roger Federer is probably the best bet on the board, seeing as how he’s offering up fantastic +600 odds and is coming off a thrilling win at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati this past weekend. Along the way to his fifth title this year, ‘Mr. RF’ took out Andy Murray in the semis and Djokovic in the finals to move to 45-7 on the year.
I’m no big fan of World No. 3 Andy Murray, but there’s no doubt that he’s a real threat to bag the 2015 U.S. Open title. Murray is 56-9 on the year and has won four titles including a Masters 1000 win over Djokovic in the finals of the Rogers Cup two weeks ago. The bad news however, is that seven of Murray’s nine losses this season have come on hard courts similar to the surface used at the U.S. Open.
In the cases of world No. 4 Kei Nishikori and (46-10) and world No. 15 Marin Cilic (18-13), these two young stars met in last year’s U.S. Open final with Cilic bagging the first grand slam title of his career. Either or both could make another deep run after surprising last year.
Hen it comes to world No. 9 Stan Wawrinka, the ‘Stanimal’ he’s gone 36-12 this year while nabbing his second career grand slam title by winning the French Open. Wawrinka also won hard court titles in Rotterdam and Chennai, so I expect him to be in good form.
The Top Contenders
- Raonic, Milos
- Nadal, Rafael
- Dimitrov, Grigor
- Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried
- Kyrgios, Nick
Nick Kyrgios handed one-month suspended ban for Stan Wawrinka sledge http://t.co/HYGq6aPvpF
— The Guardian (@guardian) August 24, 2015
When it comes to the players in my top contenders group, I like the way Grigor Dimitrov played in reaching the quarters at Cincinnati and I believe h could be capable of pulling off an upset or two in the U.S. Open.
I’m also of the mindset that world No. 12 Milos Raonic is going to win a grand slam at some point in the near future. The big-serving Canadian is 25-13 on the year, though he has suffered a surprising nine losses on hard courts this year.
Last but not least, I want to advise all tennis betting enthusiasts to stay away from world No. 5 Rafael Nadal after watching his recent play in his last couple of tournaments. Rafa is 42-14 on the season and a discouraging 11-6 on hard courts. Nadal lost to Feliciano Lopez in the Round of 16 at Cincinnati and Kei Nishikori in the quarters at the Rogers Cup in his last two tournaments.
U.S. Open Great Pretenders
- Del Potro, Juan Martin
- Berdych, Tomas
- Ferrer, David
- Monfils, Gael
- Isner, John
- Tomic, Bernard
- Gasquet, Richard
- Dolgopolov, Alexandr
Overall Analysis: After watching the incomparable Roger Federer win the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati without dropping serve once, I’ve got to believe he’s got a great chance to bag his 18th grand slam title. Federer looked nothing short of stupendous in dispatching Djokovic 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the finals and has got to be feeling great coming into the Open.
Federer is 21-2 on hard courts this year and just has the look of a guy that doesn’t plan on losing any time soon.
I’m picking Federer to meet and beat Djokovic in the finals, though I will admit that it’s going to be a difficult task, especially if Federer has to meet someone like Kei Nishikori along the way.
And, speaking of Nishikori, he’s my pick to become the next player outside the Big Four to win a grand slam title. The best player in the history of Japan has shown me over the last two years that he is indeed capable of beating anyone on the planet on any given day.
I’m going with a pick for Federer to win it all by beating Djokovic in the finals. If Federer doesn’t bring home the bacon, my No. 2 pick is for Djokovic with my No. 3 pick being Kei Nishikori.