By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 27th August 2018
Start date: 27/08/18
Location: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Queens, New York City
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Men’s US Open odds
Novak Djokovic 5/2, Rafa Nadal 3/1, Roger Federer 5/1, Alexander Zverev 11/1, Juan Martin del Potro 12/1, Marin Cilic 16/1, Andy Murray 33/1, Nick Kyrgios 33/1, Kevin Anderson 25/1, 28/1 bar.
Men’s US Open betting tips
The 2018 Men’s US Open odds have a fascinating feel to them, with the quintet of players who have carved up all bar four of the 59 men’s singles tennis slams played since the start of 2004 between them back in action and, with the possible exception of Murray, all pretty much fit and firing.
Novak Djokovic has recent high-level-tournament-winning form to his name, having beat out top-ten or recent top-ten-ranked foes Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic on his way to besting Roger Federer in the Cincinnati final on Sunday 19th August, and he’s a confident Men’s US Open 2018 prediction betting at 5/2 odds.
The Serb, in resurgent form since his victory at the Wimbledon 2018 final, is on course to meet Federer in the quarter finals. Having beaten the Swiss, whose last US Open win came in 2008, in their last three meetings (including two successes on hard) that engagement shouldn’t hold too much fear.
Neither should another date with potential final foe Rafa Nadal, despite him being potentially well rested having been off court since winning in Toronto earlier in the month.
The reigning US Open champion has lost his past eight non-clay clashes with Djokovic, last beating him on the hard stuff in 2013 at Flushing Meadows.
Nadal enjoyed a charmed route to victory last year, with Del Potro (24) the highest seeded and most respected opponent he came up against en route to beating Anderson in the decider.
Stefanos Tsitipas, who took out Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Zverev and Anderson en route to losing to the man from Mallorca in Toronto looks one of the more intriguing Men’s US Open odds each-way picks in the top half of the draw, and is our betting tip at 40/1.
The 20-year-old shares that side with his Austrian and South African victims in Queens and pushed Nadal close in the second set of their recent encounter.
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Andy Murray’s Grand Slam return
The Scot will play his first match in one of the sport’s big-four tournaments since Wimbledon 2017, having competed just eight times since his quarter-final SW19 exit.
Not once since his sole US Open triumph in 2012 has the 31-year-old got further than the quarters at Flushing Meadows.
As such, backing him at 25/1 co-seventh favourite in the Men’s US Open odds looks like a bet for the brave, the whimsical or those concerned they’ve taken too much money off William Hill of late and wish to redress the balance.
Murray’s longest streak of wins since returning to the fray is the three he recorded at Washington earlier this month. All of them went to a deciding set and after the third he had to retire from the tournament due to fatigue.
In world number 445 James Duckworth, the Dunblane native has been afforded a relatively kind opener and he’s available at odds tipping at just 1/12 to win his way through to the second round.
From there, potential examinations of his credentials become less forgiving, with the winner of Feliciano Lopez vs Fernando Verdasco awaiting Murray at the second stage.