Two weeks of top-class tennis is about to get underway at Flushing Meadows, with the 2021 US Open on the line in the final Grand Slam of the season.
After a relentless schedule impacted by the Covid pandemic and, for some, the 2020 Olympics, could conditions be ripe in New York for some shocks on the hard courts of Queens?
Here are our 2021 US Open tennis betting tips as the build-up begins….
US Open Betting Tips
It was not to be for Novak Djokovic in Tokyo, as his quest for a Golden Slam hit the buffers at the Ariake Tennis Park.
However, a win at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on 12th September would see him break new ground as the most successful men’s player in history in the Grand Slams.
Can he surpass rivals Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal by landing a 21st major title in New York?
US Open Men’s Singles Betting
NOVAK DJOKOVIC – 37/50
Taking that last step towards Grand Slam immortality has so far evaded Serena Williams in the women’s game, with the American still stuck on 23 slams in her quest to surpass Margaret Court’s 24-slam record.
Can Djokovic avoid a similar purgatory in the men’s game by lifting the US Open?
It would be a feat that would see him officially become the greatest men’s player of all time, in Grand Slam terms at least, although that particular debate looks destined to rumble on.
However, the Serbian arrives in New York in shaky form after losing his cool in a frustrating bid for Olympic glory, returning empty-handed after an ill-tempered bronze-medal match against Pablo Carreño Busta.
The 34-year-old has perhaps wisely opted for a breather after that disappointment, skipping the Western & Southern Open to give him optimum recovery time for his shot at the history books.
DANIIL MEDVEDEV – 21/5
Like so many of his contemporaries, the current World No. 2 is still chasing that elusive first slam as he enters his prime, but if he’s going to get one of them over the line, it’ll surely be the US Open.
The 6ft 6in Russian has saved his best form for Flushing Meadows in recent seasons, pushing Rafa Nadal to five sets in an agonising final defeat in 2019 and succumbing in three sets to eventual winner Dominic Thiem in last year’s semi-finals.
Medvedev arrives here in mixed form having bowed out at the quarter-final stage at the Olympics but looks intent on breaking his Grand Slam duck stateside having warmed up for this tournament with a win at the National Bank Open.
STEFANOS TSITSIPAS – 19/2
Four Grand Slam semi-final appearances or better at the age of just 23 tells its own story.
Greek giant Tsitsipas looks to be at the front of the queue in terms of the next generation of tennis superstars, and, provided he can recapture his red-hot form from earlier this year, he could be in good shape to finally make an impression at a venue where he has often struggled.
The formidable baseliner is yet to advance past the third round at this tournament and will be eager to bounce back from the disappointment of early exits at both Wimbledon and the Olympics by proving his hard court credentials here.
ALEXANDER ZVEREV – 63/10
If confidence is king in tennis, Zverev could be in the box-seat in New York to finally fulfil his considerable potential and land a first major slam.
The German arrives here as an Olympic gold medallist after cruising to a 6-1 6-3 victory over Karen Khachanov just at the start of the month in Tokyo. It now looks a matter of when, and not if, he wins a slam.
That success at the games sets the benchmark in what has been an encouraging 2021 campaign that has also seen him win the Mexican Open and reach the French Open semi-finals.
At 24, he’s approaching his peak performance years just as the ageing ‘Big Three’ are showing signs of creaking.
US Open Women’s Singles Betting
NAOMI OSAKA – 101/20
Given her well-publicised absences from this year’s tour and a bittersweet Olympics experience representing her home nation, it remains to be seen whether Osaka will be at her competitive best at Flushing Meadows.
However, fans of the hard court specialist will be hoping the 2018 and 2020 US Open champion is ready to rediscover her best form at a venue where she has come into her own in recent times.
Despite her relative lack of competitive action in the build-up to the season’s final slam, Osaka’s impressive track record around these courts sees her installed as a 102/20 shot to be crowned the 2021 US Open winner.
ASH BARTY – 79/20
A winner at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. A semi-finalist in Melbourne. An Olympic bronze medallist.
It’s not been a bad couple of years all told for 25-year-old Aussie Barty, but the US Open is one tournament where she has yet to make a notable impression.
After skipping last year’s competition due to Covid concerns, Barty will be hoping the confidence of now being a two-time Grand Slam winner enables her to go deep into the second fortnight after fourth-round exits in her last two outings in New York.
IGA ŚWIĄTEK – 27/2
At just 20, Świątek has plenty of time on her side to add to the French Open title she surprisingly claimed in 2020 – at the time just her sixth Grand Slam outing.
The Czech has struggled to re-scale those heights so far this season but has remained a model of consistency, reaching at least the fourth round in all three slams.
Success in the Adelaide International and Italian Open suggests she remains upwardly mobile, and improvement on last year’s third-round exit seems likely even if another final appearance proves a bridge too far.
BIANCA ANDREESCU – 55/4
Canadian Andreescu is returning to the scene of her greatest triumph, hoping it will facilitate a return to the kind of match-winning form that saw her become the youngest player to win a slam since Maria Sharapova at the 2019 US Open.
The versatile 21-year-old is still struggling to recapture those heights following her lengthy absence from major competition in 2020 due to a knee injury and the scheduling fallout from the Covid pandemic, making early exits from all three slams so far this season.
Andreescu has opted for home comforts as she looks to ready herself to improve on that record, opting to defend her National Bank Open title in her native Canada. However, a round of 16 exit shows she still has some way to go to reclaim her best form.
ARYNA SABALENKA – 45/4
6ft tall and an aggressive baseliner, Sabalenka has a playing style that looks tailor-made for future Grand Slam success, but it’s taken a semi-final appearance at Wimbledon to see the 23-year-old Belarusian talked up as a potential champion-in-waiting.
Now ranked the World No. 3 on the strength of both that performance and a statement win in the Madrid Open over Ash Barty back in May, Doubles specialist Sabalenka looks in great shape to prove she can now make waves more regularly in the Singles side of the game.
SIMONA HALEP – 55/4
There’s still time for one of the most consistent players on the tour to complete her clean sweep.
After wins at the French Open (2018) and Wimbledon (2019) and a near-miss in the final three years ago in Melbourne, this is the last of the Grand Slam finals still missing from the Romanian’s illustrious CV.
A persistent calf injury has resulted in a low-key 2021 campaign for the 29-year-old.
After missing all this summer’s major events, Halep would have been keeping her fingers crossed the National Bank Open would provide a sufficient enough warm-up to allow her to contend in New York. However, defeat in her opening match in Montreal will not have helped Halep’s preparation.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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