The final Grand Slam of the season is fast approaching, and this will give players one final chance to end their season on a highpoint. There will be a lot of eyes on the women’s half of the draw, as Serena Williams will look to finish a mixed season with a piece of history. Meanwhile, all three top seeds of the men’s draw will be looking for yet another Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.
Novak Djokovic will begin the US Open as the BetXChange 21/20 favourite for the title, and it isn’t hard to see why. The Serbian is the number one seed in the world and will be looking for his third Grand Slam title of the season. The only event that he wasn’t successful in this season was the French Open. His most recent success came at Wimbledon as he and Roger Federer played out one of the best Grand Slam finals of all time. In the end, it was the stamina and determination of Djokovic that were the crucial factors in his win, and in an age where his achievements are almost going under the radar; Djokovic will be looking to win a 17th Grand Slam title and a fourth US Open title.
Federer will once again be his most likely competitor, as the Swiss will be looking to win his first title at Flushing Meadows since 2008. His recent form in New York hasn’t been great as he hasn’t made it to the semi-finals in the past three years. Rafael Nadal will certainly be another contender, but his style isn’t as well suited to the hard courts as his main rivals. If punters are looking for a bit of value in the market, then Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas at 24/1 with BetXChange may offer some each-way value. He is yet to perform to his highest level at a Grand Slam event, but it would only seem a matter of time. This season he became the youngest player to beat four top ten players and also beat Roger Federer at the Australian Open, before losing to Nadal at the semi-final stage.
The romantic fans will have one clear winner in mind when it comes to the women’s half of the draw, and that is Serena Williams. She is still chasing the record for the most Grand Slam victories, and that is beginning to have an impact on her performance. She was burdened with the pressure in the Wimbledon final, and she was swatted aside by Simona Halep inside an hour. However, the US Open is in her home city, and a win here to tie the record 20 years after her first success here would be the stuff of fairy tales. It’s incredibly difficult to look past this, but there are more than enough contenders in the women’s half of the draw.
Halep will be looking for her third-ever Grand Slam title, and her second consecutive success after shocking Williams at Wimbledon, and the Romanian will head into the competition as the number one seed. Ashleigh Barty will also be a contender despite crashing out at the quarter-finals at Wimbledon despite being the heavy favourite. The number two seed has already tasted Grand Slam glory this season and will likely be a contender in the second week. Last season’s US Open champion Naomi Osaka will also be one of the front runners after a disappointing Wimbledon. It has been a mesmerising rise over the past 12 months for the Japanese player after winning at Flushing Meadows last year, before winning the first Grand Slam of the year in Australia. She was victorious over Williams last year, and while she may make it to the final again, it would be incredibly tricky to bet on her to beat Williams in consecutive US Open finals.