Changing of the guard - US Open preview
What a difference a draw makes!
Following the withdrawal of Rafa Nadal due to a wrist injury, and the publication of the draw for this years event there we have seen some sustained market support based mainly around one player.
Roger Federer is now 11/4 from 5/1 only days ago, he is in excellent form coming into the US Open after winning the Masters Series event in Cincinnati, and finishing runner up (to Tsonga 25/1) in the other Masters series event in Toronto. Federer is bidding to win his sixth title at Flushing Meadows, and even at the age of 33 he shows no signs of slowing down.
His draw also looks on paper at least easier than that of the other market leaders with a quarter final based on seedings against Grigor Dimitrov (14/1) before a semi final against number 4 seed David Ferrer (50/1)
World number 1 Novak Djokovic at 11/8 heads the market, but his form has not reached its usual heights in the build up on the US hard courts, and his marriage following Wimbledon this year certainly seems to have distracted him from producing his best Tennis. He also has a tough looking draw with a potential quarter final meeting with Andy Murray (6/1), before going on to a semi final probably against either Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka (14/1) or Milos Raonic (25/1).
The home players in this years tournament come in at big prices with big serving Americans John Isner (100/1) and Sam Querrey (200/1) leading the way - the draw has not been kind to either of these with them both in the same quarter as Novak Djokovic.
So are we set up for Federer grand slam victory number 17? If the money we have seen is right, then most definitely, and who would deny the mighty Swiss champion his first slam victory since Wimbledon 2012.
The tournament starts on Monday 25th August and all the action will be available both pre match and In Play here at William Hill