The US Open started today. We’ve waited to write this preview because of so many withdrawals and last-moment changes, so don’t hold any grudges against us for that. Simply, we wanted to give you the best possible preview in both the men’s and the ladies’ competition.
Men’s US Open Preview
Novak Against All
Djokovic had a disastrous campaign at the Olympics in Toky, and he comes to New York highly motivated, eager to attack the trophy and complete the calendar Grand Slam. That would most definitely made him the biggest ever player in the history of this sport.
The odds on Nole to lift the title at Flushing Meadows are at 0.75, and he is far ahead of the first rival Daniil Medvedev, 3.9. The Russian already played the finals here and comes to NY after winning the Canadian Open in Toronto three weeks ago.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 23, 2021
Alexander Zverev, the reigning Olympic champion and the winner of the recent Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, is at 5.6. For many, this is an excellent chance to try one long shot. The German’s morale is high, and it appears that his form is at the highest possible level.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is 8.2, but to be honest, the Greek constantly disappoints us, failing to show up in the crucial moments. Apart from that, there are all sorts of alibis presented following defeats. Matteo Berrettini, 34, Denis Shapovalov, 44, Casper Ruud at 79, are all in the mix, but with pretty slim chances.
We won’t see Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the Big Apple, as they had to withdraw due to injuries. We need to say that Novak looks like the absolute favorite here, even though he exited from the Olympics in such a poor fashion.
Pick: Novak Djokovic 0.75 at BetXchange
Ladies’ US Open Preview
The ladies are in a bit better position when talking about the missing players. Serena Williams is out, but the top two favorites are coming to NY – Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka. Barty won Wimbledon recently, while Osaka triumphed in the last two US Open editions.
Barty is the No.1 candidate according to the odds at BetXchange, 3.1, while Osaka comes way after, 5.8. To be perfectly honest, we don’t see that any other player might come between these two and the trophy.
.@naomiosaka set to defend US Open crown, with Ashleigh Barty leading top rivals
— TOI Sports (@toisports) August 26, 2021
Aryna Sabalenka’s odds are at 12, Karolina Pliskova is 16, Barbora Krejcikova 18, and Coco Gauff at 20. After these, come the Olympic champion, Belinda Bencic, 27, Garbine Muguruza, 29, etc. Simona Halep is 34, Petra Kvitova the same, and Victoria Azarenka 39.
As you see, all the players who previously won at least one Grand Slam trophy are way down in the list, with their current form being very problematic.
That is why we again believe that Barty and Osaka have the highest chance of clinching the silverware here. When it comes to picking the favorite between the two, our suggestion is Barty; with her quickly recovering from the Olympic shock and winning the tournament in Toronto.
Meanwhile, Osaka is unstable in recent times, having many problems off the court, which could be a huge obstacle in her quest for the third straight Flushing. Therefore, it is much safer to bet on the Aussie.
Pick: Barty 3.8 at BetXchange