US Open 2017 Betting Preview

US Open 2017 Betting Preview

US Open 2017 Betting Preview

All eyes turn to Flushing Meadows on the 28th August, as the fourth and final Grand Slam of the season gets underway. Stan Wawrinka will be unable to defend his crown due to injury, with Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic all also missing the tournament. There are still plenty of big names taking part however and here we take a look at the main challengers for the US Open crown and predict who will lift the famous trophy in New York.

Federer favourite?

The favourite for the title in New York is a man who has rolled back the years in 2017. Roger Federer has been in simply stunning form and has won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, as well as Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Miami. He looks back to his imperious best and he is now just one Grand Slam title away from 20 in his career. The Swiss great missed the Cincinnati Masters however with a back complaint he picked up at the Rogers Cup which will worry his backers, but he and his team have assured everyone that it was just a slight twinge and he is fully fit ahead of this tournament. He also has a very tricky draw with Frances Tiafoe in the first round and potentially Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round. He is seeded to face Nadal or Dimitrov in the semi-finals, but we fancy him to come through all of those and reach the final.

Can Alexander Zverev make Grand Slam breakthrough?

One of the form players coming into the Open is German starlet Alexander Zverev. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a stellar 2017 which has seen him win five titles including two Masters 1000, one of which was at the Rogers Cup earlier in August where he beat Federer in the final. Most experts are tipping Zverev as the next big thing in tennis and it is easy to see why and there is certainly an argument to suggest he could win the title at Flushing Meadows. He is fully fit, unlike the vast majority of his main rivals, the field is weakened with the absence of Djokovic, Wawrinka and Nishikori and barring a slip up in Cincinnati where he lost to Frances Tiafoe he is in the best form out of anyone on the US hard courts. The only negative is he is yet to really perform at a Grand Slam, his best effort being the fourth round at Wimbledon where he lost in five sets to Raonic. However he is still very young and it is a case of when not if he will progress further and we believe he will definitely go further than the fourth round here. He is in the opposite side of the draw to Federer and Nadal and thus we see him going all the way to the final with Cilic his likely opponent in the semi-finals.

N0.1 Nadal looks for first US Open title since 2013

Rafael Nadal comes into the US Open back as world number one for the fourth time in his career following an excellent 2017. The Spaniard reached the final of the Australian Open before picking up his 10th French Open title in May and has also won Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo and Madrid. His form has dipped slightly since the French, he lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon to Gilles Muller and failed to go beyond the quarter-final stage at the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati Masters losing to Nick Kyrgios and promising youngster Denis Shapovalov. He has also not had the best recent results at Flushing Meadows, he was eliminated in the fourth round last year at the hands of Lucas Pouille and the year before he could only reach the third round. The 31-year-old struggles with the speed of the court in New York and given his recent results at the US Open and draw which sees him potentially facing Dimitrov in the quarter-finals and Federer in the semi-finals we cannot see him winning it.

Possible Dark Horses

Grigor Dimitrov arrives in New York in red hot form having lifted the Cincinnati Masters title earlier in August without dropping a set. It was the Bulgarians first ever Masters 1000 title and experts are now predicting it was the breakthrough he needed to finally fulfil his potential. Dimitrov is a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, reaching the last four at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but he has never been beyond the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. That said he is a former junior US Open champion so does have some pedigree at the tournament and if he plays as he did in Cincinnati, the 22/1 price on him to lift the trophy looks a big price.

Another player who enjoyed a solid campaign in Cincinnati was Nick Kyrgios. The Australian had been struggling with a hip injury coming into the US Open series, but seemingly overcame it to reach the final of the Cincinnati Masters. He produced some excellent performances there, the most eye-catching of which was a straight sets win over new World No.1 Rafael Nadal. He was however well beaten in the final by Dimitrov and despite having been a quarter-finalist at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open, he has yet to go beyond the third round in New York. If he plays to his potential then Kyrgios is capable of beating anyone, but he too often goes missing in matches and allows himself to lose his head and for this reason we do not think that he is worth backing just yet. Maybe later in his career when he is more consistent.

Former US Open champions Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro can’t be ruled out as potential winners this year either. Cilic has been excellent on two of his last three visits to the big apple, reaching the semi-finals in 2015 after lifting the title in 2014. He has also been in great recent form, reaching his second Grand Slam final back in July at Wimbledon only to lose to Federer. The one worry backing Cilic would be his recent injury lay off. He hasn’t played a competitive match since the Wimbledon final which could see some rusty performances from him. However if he gets through the early rounds that will change and he could become a threat the deeper he goes.

Del Potro on the other hand has been playing regular match tennis, which will delight everyone involved in tennis given his injury plagued career. ‘Delpo’ won the US Open back in 2009 and looked to be the player that would challenge the Big Four, and probably would have been had it not been for several wrist injuries. However he has enjoyed an injury free few months and has picked up some solid hard court wins against Tomas Berdych and John Isner at the Cincinnati Masters and Rogers Cup. He hasn’t however been beyond the round of 16 in any of the three warm-up events but he usually plays well in New York and given his kind draw which sees him in Thiem’s quarter who doesn’t play as well on hard courts, we think another run to the quarter-finals is on the cards for Delpo.

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