US Open 2013: Men’s Winner Odds and Betting Preview
NEW YORK, USA - The final tennis Grand Slam of 2013 gets underway at Flushing Meadows on Monday and following Andy Murray' sensational victory at Wimbledon the British player arrives in New York full of confidence ahead of his title defence. This tournament looks set to deliver some spectacular tennis with the focus surrounding the ‘Big Four' as Murray and Djokovic have been drawn in the same half while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who is chasing a record sixth US Open title, are in the same quarter.
Rafael Nadal returned from a seven-month injury lay-off in February and he now looks to be back to his imperious best and comes into this event as the form player in men's tennis with a 15-0 record on this surface in 2013. The Spaniard's remarkable form, which has seen him win recent Masters titles on this surface in Indian Wells, Montreal and Cincinnati, has ensured he has been heavily supported in the build-up to the event and he is now the clear favourite and can be backed at 3.0 with Paddy Power. The draw has also been favourable to Nadal with Djokovic and Murray in the other half so a likely quarter-final date with Federer looks to be Nadal's first major test. The Spaniard's win in Cincinnati was his ninth title of the year and with that he joined Djokovic as the only players to win five Masters 1000 crowns in a single year. Nadal looks very difficult to oppose in New York and with his injury problems hopefully behind him the 12-time Grand Slam champion is certainly the one to beat.
World number one Novak Djokovic has made the semi-final or better at the past six tournaments in New York but he has been handed a tough draw this time around which has seen his odds drift to 3.25 with BetVictor. Djokovic has not enjoyed the best preparation having made no final in the North American hard court swing to date and so he could be vulnerable this week. Grigor Dimitrov looks set to be a test for the Serb in the third round while a quarter-final against del Potro is sure to be a fascinating contest following their epic semi-final at Wimbledon earlier this summer. If all those matches go according to seed Djokovic could face the defending champion Andy Murray in the last four, a man who he has played in three of the past four Grand Slam finals losing two of those encounters and so given this draw his price looks too short here.
Andy Murray finally ended his Grand Slam drought at Flushing Meadows twelve months ago and he firmly cemented his place in tennis history when he ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's Wimbledon champion. Murray faces a different challenge this week, coming into the event as the defending champion and it will be interesting to see how he copes with this added pressure. The Scot has been chalked up at 5.2 with Sportingbet and even if he manages to overcome Djokovic in their possible semi-final clash it is likely that Nadal will be waiting in the showpiece and Murray's record in Grand Slams is very poor against the Spaniard with only two wins in eight meetings.
Roger Federer has never played Rafael Nadal at the US Open but this year they have been drawn in the same quarter and the pair should meet for the 32nd career meeting at this event. Federer is currently at his lowest ranking since 2003 and with Nadal arriving in such commanding form the Swiss legend looks unbackable at 17.0 Stan James.
Another player priced up at 17.0 with Stan James is Spain's Juan Martin del Potro and he certainly makes some appeal despite a tough draw. Del Potro has not played his best tennis this year but he relishes the US Open and he warmed up for this event by winning in Washington, which was the same tournament he won en route to lifting this title in 2009.
Tomas Berdych has also been drawn in the same half as Murray/Djokovic and del Potro and due to this fact his price has now drifted following some early support to 51.0 with Coral.The German reached a career ranking high this season and after making the semi-finals at this event last year he certainly has the game to challenge the ‘Big Four'. Home favourite John Isner is quoted at 101.0 with Sportingbet and he has been playing some fine tennis in recent weeks the big American is not at his best in the best-of-five format of the Slams and with a round of 16 match against Nadal likely, he makes limited appeal.
At bigger odds France's Richard Gasquet could spring a surprise over the coming fortnight and is worth a speculative punt at 250.0 with 888Sport. Gasquet's quarter is undoubtedly the weakest on paper as number four seed David Ferrer has been in poor form of late and so this looks to be the Frenchman's best chance of a decent run in this Grand Slam.
The 2013 US Open gets underway on Monday 26th August and the Men's Singles Final takes place on Monday 9th September.
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