Men’s U.S. Open PicksJosh Bailey
The 2016 U.S. Open begins August 29 and ends Sept. 11. The favorite is Novak Djokovic even though Djokovic hasn’t looked great in the last 2 big tournaments, Wimbledon and at the Rio Olympics. Can Djokovic bounce back? Will Andy Murray, the dominant player at Wimbledon and in Rio, once again prove best? Who figures to be the long shot with the best chance to beat Djokovic and Murray?
Analyzing My Men’s U.S. Open Picks
What: US Open Tennis
When: August 29- September 11, 2016
Where: New York City, New York
Stadium: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Stream: Watch ESPN
The Odds-On Favorite To Win The U.S. Open: Novak Djokovic -135
What’s up with Novak Djokovic? The brilliant Serb has been downright disappointing in his last 2 big tournaments played. At Wimbledon, Djokovic lost to 28th ranked Sam Querry 6-7, (6-8), 1-6, 6-3, 6-7, (5-7) in Round 3. That’s very un-Djokovic like. Then, at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Djokovic fell 6-7 (4-7), 6-7, (2-7) in Round 1 to Juan Martin Del Potro. Again, very un-Djokovic like. The big question is whether or not Djokovic is going to revert back to his brilliant form or keep the bad form going into the U.S. Open. The odds on Djokovic, -135 to win the U.S. Open, aren’t that bad considering that if he had played well at both Wimbledon and at the Olympics, his odds would be worse than -165. I don’t know. It could be that Djokovic has hit the wall for the year. I have to pass.
The Smart Bet To Win The U.S. Open: Andy Murray +185
Murry lost to 12th ranked Marin Cilic in the final of the Western and Southern Open over the weekend. It doesn’t matter. Murray has been on fire ever since he turned back to Ivan Lendl as his coach. Granted, he didn’t have to face Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon or at the Rio Olympics. But he still dominated in both tournaments. At any odds above even money, Murray is a solid play in my mind.
The Longshot Bet To Win The U.S. Open: Juan Martin Del Potro +1500
The man who upset Djokovic in Rio offers 15 to 1 odds to win the U.S. Open. Del Potro has a U.S. Open win in 2009. He certainly has the ability to upset things at the U.S. Open this year. At the Olympics, Del Potro was fantastic. He not only beat Djokovic, but he also beat Rafael Nadal. He pushed Murray in the gold medal match. Del Potro lost 5-7, 6-4, 2-6, 5-7. It wasn’t a walkover for Murray. If Murray shows any weakness, and if Djokovic hasn’t righted the issues that have plagued him for the past couple of months, Del Potro has as good of a shot as anybody to win the U.S. Open.