The final Grand Slam of the year is here.
Plenty of famous faces will be fighting it out for this season’s final piece of major silverware at Flushing Meadows.
Below, we explore the latest US Open outrights markets to assess the main contenders to be crowned champions in New York.
US Open Predictions 2019 – Can Djokovic and Osaka keep their crowns?
Novak Djokovic – 23/20
The Serb will take some stopping as he continues to zone in on Roger Federer’s 21-Grand Slam record. Djok has now won four of the last five slams and has developed the perfect habit of grinding out tournament wins even when not necessarily playing at his best. A rare off-day for the World No. 1 against Daniil Medvedev in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals is one glimmer of hope for his immediate rivals.
Rafael Nadal – 63/20
Nadal’s late career revival has continued in 2019 with the 33-year-old reaching at least the semi-final stages in seven of his last eight slams. His US Open chances received a boost earlier this month when he cruised to the defence of his Rogers Cup title with a 6-3 6-0 win over Daniil Medvedev. Nadal’s decision to skip the Cincinnati Masters to concentrate on a tilt at Flushing Meadows could also pay dividends if he stays deep into this tournament.
Roger Federer – 6/1
Still the overwhelming crowd favourite whenever he steps out at a Grand Slam, the evergreen Federer can rightly feel a little robbed after arguably outplaying Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon Final before tight margins in the tiebreaks allowed the Serb to steal victory. Flushing Meadows hasn’t been the kindest venue for Federer in recent times, with his last win coming in 2008.
Daniil Medvedev – 13/1
Currently the strongest of the ‘young pretenders’ after making some impressive progress in 2019. The Russian is hitting form at just the right time for a genuine US Open challenge. Medvedev reached the final of the Rodgers Cup before losing to Rafael Nadal and enjoyed a career-best win at the Cincinnati Masters in August, beating Novak Djokovic en-route to the final.
Kevin Anderson – 47/1
Not many 33-year-olds make a convincing case to be first-time Grand Slam winners. However, if any of the usual suspects are off their game in this tournament, big-serving Kevin Anderson could come through the slipstream to power his way to Grand Slam glory after several near-misses. Injury issues have cut into his 2019 schedule, so stamina could be his biggest issue.
Kyle Edmund – 68/1
Home interest is served up by 24-year-old Edmund who has endured a frustrating season in the slams after his breakthrough year in 2018. The one-time Australian Open semi-finalist will surely look to improve on his swift exit in the first-round in New York last year. A win on the hard courts of Indian Wells back in March suggests he may at least stick around until the second week this time around.
Serena Williams – 4/1
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion will be looking to make amends for last season’s controversial final. Naomi Osaka’s maiden victory was arguably overshadowed by Williams’ outspoken reaction to being handed three code violations during the match, resulting in a $17,000 fine. The 37-year-old is within touching distance of equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams but needs to end an unwanted run of consecutive defeats in all three of her last final appearances. Victory here would be her first at Flushing Meadows since 2014.
Naomi Osaka – 8/1
Osaka became an overnight sensation as she became the first ever Japanese player to win a Grand Slam last year, but the defending champion comes into this tournament off the back of early exits at both the French Open and Wimbledon. The World No. 1 has admitted struggling to find the sport ‘fun’ since winning back-to-back slams at the start of this year but could thrive in her return to the hard courts.
Simona Halep – 8/1
After developing a reputation as something of a choker when losing her first three Grand Slam finals, the 27-year-old is hitting her stride at the highest level after adding the 2019 Wimbledon title to her 2018 French Open success. However, the US Open has been an unhappy hunting ground for the Romanian, with two first-round exits in her last two trips to New York.
Ashleigh Barty – 9/1
Barty finally converted her early promise on the circuit by claiming a maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in June. The Australian’s US Open record is decidedly patchy, but she achieved a career best to date at Flushing Meadows in reaching the fourth round last season. Can she add singles success to the doubles crown she claimed with CoCo Vandeweghe here in 2018?
Madison Keys – 25/2
A popular winner-in-waiting, if she can finally hold her nerve and secure that first Grand Slam in the trophy cabinet. The World No.10 has reached the final and semi-final in the last two years and comes into this tournament with plenty of confidence after winning in Cincinnati.
Sloane Stephens – 26/1
Other rivals have stronger claims after a middling 2019 from the Florida-born star, but Stephens can’t be discounted as she returns to the scene of her greatest triumph. The 2017 US Open winner bowed out at the quarter-final stages last season, but will need to find some form somewhere after making minimal impression at her most recent tournaments in Cincinnati and Toronto.
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