Defending champion Rafael Nadal will miss the US Open because of a wrist injury. And this will be not the first time Nadal failed to try to defend a Grand Slam title: A year after winning Wimbledon in 2008, he chose to not enter that tournament, citing knee tendinitis. However, the fact that two-time US Open winner Nadal has withdrawn from the US Open will open up new opportunities for other players – and the bettors. In 2013, Nadal defeated his eternal rival Novak Djokovic in the final in four sets and without Nadal, the world’s number one player from Croatia will be the top favourite to win the US Open. He won the tournament in 2011 and is hoping for another victory. The bookmakers highly favour Djokovic, which is why the odds of 2.40 for a victory of the Djoker are not very profitable. It is riskier but also more profitable to place a bet on Roger Federer. The Swiss is the current number three in the world and has odds of 4.50. Federer has something of an affinity with this tournament having set an Open Era record of five consecutive titles between 2004 and 2008. He has arrived in the States in good shape and will be a tough nut for any opponent to crack.
Murray with good chances to win
It’s not surprising that the bookmakers consider Andy Murray to be a promising candidate for a US Open victory, next after Federer. The Scot managed to win the tournament in 2012 and has odds of 6.50. But after Murray there is a huge gap and then comes Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria and Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland. Both players are regarded as dark horses with odds of 19.00. The most promising German candidate to win is Tommy Haas who can benefit from all his experience. He has high odds of 301.00.
Serena Williams is considered to be favourite
The women’s field is wide open with a number of players who can win the tournament but Serena Williams is considered to be the top favourite to win the US Open with odds of 2.75. Williams has won the US Open five times, including the last two years against Victoria Azarenka from Belarus. However, Azarenka was forced to withdraw from the recent WTA tournament in Cincinnati due to a knee injury and she is hoping to be healthy in time for the US Open. For that reason, Maria Sharapova will be next after Williams in the eyes of the bookmakers to win the US Open. The Russian managed to win the tournament in 2006 and has odds of 8.00.
Halep on her way to the top
The world’s number two tennis player Simona Halep from Romania has a very promising chance to win the US Open with odds of 9.00. In 2014, she managed to work her way to the top of the world and reached the final in Paris and the semi-finals in Wimbledon. Those who are brave and bet on Victoria Azarenka can get high odds of 21.00 if she wins the tournament, but this is only possible if she finds her old form. Angelique Kerber is the only German player in the promising group of players who have a realistic chance to win. A US Open victory for Kerber will pay out high odds of 67.00. We have compared the odds for the US Open and listed them below for you.