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Joseph Parker v Hughie Fury Boxing Winner Odds & Preview – 23rd September, 2017

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The WBO Heavyweight belt is on the line on Saturday at the Manchester Arena. Parker is the heavyweight champion but if his performance back in May against Razvan Cojanu is anything to go by, then Fury will have a decent shot in this. Parker was thoroughly unconvincing and unimpressive as he took a points win in what was his first title defence. This fight will be a pay-per-view event on YouTube and New Zealand’s Parker is unbeaten in 23 professional fights. But Parker is a really rough fighter, scrappy around the edges and a little bit unpredictable and therefore hard to know how to handle. He won the vacant WBO heavyweight title against Andy Ruiz in Auckland back December 2016. Eighteen of his 23 career fights have ended with a knockout but neither of his last two fights have been. So this may be a tight fight and you have a price of 8/11 at Bet365 on the fight to go the distance. Parker can be baked at a price of 10/3 to win by a Decision. Hughie Fury is the cousin of former world champion Tyson Fury. Almost two years ago Tyson Fury stepped into the ring and caused a huge shock in beating Wladimir Klitschko. Since then the Briton has given up his WBA, WBO and IBF titles and he has faced an anti-doping hearing as well. Tyson Fury was trained by his uncle Peter, who is Hughie’s father. The experienced trainer said this week that while Klitschko's approach to that fight was controlled and careful against Tyson, Parker isn’t in that same boat and it’s hard to know what is going to come from him as he faces Hughie. 23 year old Fury is on the hunt for what would be his first world title. He takes a 20-0 career record into the fight and this is such a big opportunity for him at a young age to position himself to go out and unify the division, which is ultimately his goal. Fury is a former amateur world champion and shouldn't be fazed at all by the big occasion. He fought at Madison Square Gardens early in his career. He is trained by his father Peter who has really put him through his pace against quicker fighters and heavier fighters to spar with. Fury is the underdog for the fight, trading at a price of even money with bet365, despite being in the best shape of his career, according to his camp. This is a title fight after all and he is the challenger only. Fury has only landed knockout victories in half of his 20 fights which does suggest that his best and most likely route to success will be through earning a decision at the end of the fight. Fury is 11/2 to win this by a Decision at bet365 and that is the same price as Parker is to win it by a knockout. These are two young, hungry fighter and this should be a great title fight.
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Madison Keys v Sloane Stephens US Open Final Tennis Betting Odds & Preview

Tennis Betting
This will be the first all-American women’s final at the US Open since the Williams sisters battled it out back in 2002. Venus was on the brink of making an appearance in this year’s final until she was edged out at the end of a gripping third set against world 83 Sloane Stephens in the semi finals. This has been nothing short of a remarkable run for Stephens. Back at the start of the year she had foot surgery and could barely walk, but here she is in her first Grand Slam Final appearance.

Madison Keys v Sloane Stephens US Open Final Odds

Madison Keys 1/2, Sloane Stephens 2/1 Stephens won 6-1 0-6 7-5 against Williams in the first of the two semi finals. Stephens only made her come back to the game this year at Wimbledon when she was ranked 957th in the world because of her 11 month absence from the game. Just two months on her, she has put together some stunning form to win 14 of her 16 games and she looks stronger than ever. Her foot doesn't seem to be an issue and she has looked pretty quick and dynamic is has to be said. She showed plenty of grit in hat final set against Williams as well and with her back against the wall at 30-30 and 5-5 in that last set, she produced some of her best tennis to battle through and break the Williams serve before closing out the match, winning 10 of the last 11 points. But those wobbles in her serve, particularly in the second set will be of some concern going into this one against the powerful Keys. Madison Keys will also be making her Grand Slam Final debut in this one and she barely had to break a sweat in her semi final against fellow American Coco Vandeweghe. Keys dropped just three games in the match to powder her way through in what was just the second Grand Slam semi final for the 22 year old in her career. She totally dominated Vandeweghe who had knocked out the top seed Karolina Pliskova in the previous round. So the final should be a fantastic spectacular between two young players who are in a fearless mode at the moment. There has only been the one previous clash between the two players and that was a couple of years ago in Miami, with Stephens winning that tussle in straight sets early in the tournament. There is a price of 6/4 at bet365 on the game going over 2.5 sets which looks tremendous value for the match. Based on what the two of them produced in their respective semi finals, it is Keys who gets the nod for us in this all-American showdown. She looks phenomenal against Vandeweghe and while Stephens faced the tougher semi final opponent, that may work against her in terms of the extra energy and emotional energy she had to put into that to get through. Keys looks the sharper of the two and can attack the serve of Stephens and a Keys 2-1 victory in the set betting at bet365 fetches a good price of 11/4. Online betting site Bet365 run a great tennis accumulator bonus where you can earn a bonus of up to 50% on accumulator wins. This offer applies to winnings on pre-match accumulators of 2 or more selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting markets for Singles and Doubles matches from any Grand Slam, ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event, as well as Singles and Doubles matches from the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. The maximum bonus that you can receive is £100,000. Register an account with online betting site Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome offer.
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Rafael Nadal v Juan Martin del Potro US Open Tennis Betting Odds & Preview

Rafael Nadal (Spain)
As expected, Rafael Nadal made pretty light work of his quarter final duel with youngster Andrey Rublev. It only took the Spaniard an hour and 37 minutes to crush his 19-year-old opponent and the gulf in class between the two was evident right from the off. There was much expectation that for the first time ever, we would get to see a Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer clash at the US Open in the semi finals this year, but instead, Nadal will meet Juan Martin del Potro, who stunned Federer in four sets in their quarter final battle. Federer hadn’t quite looked his sharpest throughout the tournament and he struggled to keep pace with the big-hitting Del Potro in their final eight duel. Del Potro got the first set on the board and after Federer had fought back to level the match in the second, there was a pivotal moment in the third set tie break when Federer wasted chances in the tie break to take the advantage of the match, but when Argentine Del Potro got his chance, he took it. Nadal is 2/5 odds-on favourite at bet365 to move through to the final from this match, with Del Potro at 13/5. It’s been a tremendous run from Del Potro, who has suffered through illness to come through some big matches. He is a former US Open winner from back in 2009 and with having had four surgeries on his hand since then, it has been a long way back for him. The victory over Federer came just 48 hours after his epic fourth round win over Dominic Thiem with him having saved two match points in the fourth set to fight back for the victory. So now we have a Nadal v Del Potro showdown and many punters will be expecting the winner of this semi final to go on and lift the title. These two last met at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with Del Potro winning in three. The Argentine has won the last two meetings with Nadal. But it is the Spaniard who is 8-5 up in the overall head to head. They have met at the US Open before, back in the 2009 title run for Delpo after beating Nadal in the semi finals. They have met once at Wimbledon and once at the French Open in their other Grand Slam clashes and Nadal won both of those. From previous hard court meetings, Delpo has won 5 of the nine clashes with Nadal on the surface. This may well be a battle that goes on and on, but Nadal 3-1 in set betting looks good value at 11/4 with bet365. Del Potro has put in much heavier work during the tournament than Nadal has, will that catch up with him? Online betting site Bet365 run a great tennis accumulator bonus where you can earn a bonus of up to 50% on accumulator wins. This offer applies to winnings on pre-match accumulators of 2 or more selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting markets for Singles and Doubles matches from any Grand Slam, ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event, as well as Singles and Doubles matches from the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. The maximum bonus that you can receive is £100,000. Register an account with online betting site Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome offer.
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Kevin Anderson v Pablo Carreno-Busta US OPen Semi Final Tennis betting odds

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What a surprise semi final line up we have in this one. You won’t have found many punters picking either of these to be at this stage of proceedings ahead of the tournament. Spain’s Carreno Busta has had a great campaign, having dropped just the one set on his way to the semi finals. He powered his way comfortable past Diego Schwartzman in the quarter finals in straight sets and looks pumped up and full of energy. The 26-year-old has no track record at the US Open which hinted that he would get this far, never before having been past the third round. But earlier this year he did make it the quarterfinals of the French Open which was, until now, his best ever run in a Grand Slam. So he has already gone one better and he is going into his one as they heavy 2/1 underdog at bet365 and that will be based on his former defeats at the hands of Anderson. South Africa’s Kevin Anderson’s two wins from two meetings with Carreno-Busta happened in Casablanca back in 2013 and this year at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada, which was on the hard court. But Anderson is ranked 13 places beneath Carreno-Busta in the world rankings at the moment and he hasn’t won an ATP title this year, whereas the Spaniard has. Carreno-Busta went to the US Open with a 30-18 season win/loss record, while Anderson had a 23/15 record. Anderson is 2/5 odds at bet365 to win this duel, but the South African has no prior Grand Slam form to speak off. He has been past the fourth round just once before in his career which was at the US Open two years ago. This is a player, who has never made it past the quarter finals of an ATP Masters Series tournament either so for him to be such a short price is a bit surprising. He won his first three matches without dropping a set but was taken to four in the fourth round against Paolo Lorenzi and then had an epic duel with American Sam Querrey in the quarters. Anderson took down Querrey in a late show in New York with a 3-1 set victory but three of the four sets played were settled only by a tie break. That was some match, but Anderson held his nerve but you have to feel that that may have taken something out of him and Carreno-Busta will have had more of a rest. At this stage of the game, there is nothing wrong with backing the younger Spaniard to make a go at this. Anderson is more experienced, but this is uncharted territory for him as well and Carreno-Busta 3-1 in set betting for a price of 13/2 with bet365 screams value. Online betting site Bet365 run a great tennis accumulator bonus where you can earn a bonus of up to 50% on accumulator wins. This offer applies to winnings on pre-match accumulators of 2 or more selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting markets for Singles and Doubles matches from any Grand Slam, ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event, as well as Singles and Doubles matches from the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. The maximum bonus that you can receive is £100,000. Register an account with online betting site Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome offer.
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Venus Williams v Sloane Stephens US Open Semi Final Tennis Betting Odds

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Venus Williams produced an epic showing to get past Petra Kvitova in the quarter finals of the US Open this week. Veteran Williams was the slower starter of the two but managed to turn around the first set as Kvitova struggled to find her range. It was a different story in the second with Kvitova taking the set and looking the stronger of the two. But Williams wouldn’t lie down and took the match in a final set tie break. The crowd probably played its part too with heavy support for Williams, especially as she suffered a break early in the deciding set. So now she goes into battle with fellow American Sloane Stephens for a place in the final of the US Open. If Venus makes it, it will be the third Grand Slam final of the year and the last time she achieved that was back in 2002. The last Grand Slam title win for Williams was at Wimbledon 2008 and her two US Open titles were won back to back in 2000 and 2001. She is probably going to have another epic scrape on her hands against Stephens who battled her way to the final four with a three set victory over Anastasija Sevastova. She has been taken to three sets in three of her five matches at Flushing Meadows this season so it is worth looking at three sets for a price of 11/8 with bet365. Stephens goes as the 13/10 underdog at bet365 to produce the win, with Williams trading at 8/13 odds-on. This will be just the third match between the two Americans. The first of those was in Miami back in 2013 which Stephens won and then again the underdog triumphed when they met at the France Open in the first round of the 2015 edition. Neither player has won a WTA title this year and for Stephens, this has been something of a remarkable run because she had foot surgery in January and only started her comeback at Wimbledon where she lost in the first round. Stephens has never been beyond the fourth round at the US Open before so her being in the final four is a huge surprise. Her best ever run in a Grand Slam prior to this was a semi final loss at the Australian Open back in 2013. She hadn’t been past the fourth round of any of the last 13 Grand Slam appearances before Flushing Meadows this year. Can she pull off the win though? Remarkably Williams just wouldn’t tire against Kvitova but that enduring game in the last round has to have taken something out of her and while she was challenged on her serve a lot by Kvitova, the veteran goes as favourite here and a Williams 2- result in set betting at bet365 returns a price of 3/1 which looks great. Online betting site Bet365 run a great tennis accumulator bonus where you can earn a bonus of up to 50% on accumulator wins. This offer applies to winnings on pre-match accumulators of 2 or more selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting markets for Singles and Doubles matches from any Grand Slam, ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event, as well as Singles and Doubles matches from the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. The maximum bonus that you can receive is £100,000. Register an account with online betting site Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome offer.
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Johanna Konta v Aleksandra Krunic US Open Tennis Betting Odds

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Johanna Konta is the top British star at Flushing Meadows this year and after her great semi final exploits at Wimbledon earlier in the summer, then the expectations on her will be high. Following the withdrawal of Andy Murray, Konta is one of five Brits in the main draws of the singles, where she joins Heather Watson, Kyle Edmund, Aljaz Bedene and Cameron Norrie. Konta will be up on the Grandstand court on day one when she takes on Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic. Konta will be looking for an easy straight sets victory in this one and a Konta 2-0 option in set betting is a 4/9 odds on price at bet365. Not great value there but you can look at a good Konta -5.5 game handicap for 8/11 bet365 for much better value. This should be a pretty straight forward affair for the British number one.

Johanna Konta v Aleksandra Krunic US Open Tennis Betting Odds

Johanna Konta 1/8, Aleksandra Krunic 5/1 This will be the first meeting between the two of them and 24 year old Krunic is ranked 78th in the world. She has had a couple of bright moments this season, such as reaching the final of Bol, Croatia where she had to retire, and she recently beat French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko in the first round of Cincinnati as well. But seeing her step up to take on the power of Konta, that’s a totally different thing. Expect a very comfortable straight sets victory for Konta. Online betting site Bet365 run a great tennis accumulator bonus where you can earn a bonus of up to 50% on accumulator wins. This offer applies to winnings on pre-match accumulators of 2 or more selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting markets for Singles and Doubles matches from any Grand Slam, ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event, as well as Singles and Doubles matches from the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. The maximum bonus that you can receive is £100,000. Register an account with online betting site Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome offer.
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Simona Halep v Maria Sharapova US Open Tennis odds

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Simona Halep v Maria Sharapova is the most talked about match in the first round of the US Open. What a stunning, high profile showdown you have to look forward too in this one. Halep is 4/9 odds on favourite at bet365 to land the win in the match and march on in what is a pretty tough quarter which also contains outright third-favourite Johanna Konta who could be waiting for a quarter final showdown.

Simona Halep v Maria Sharapova US Open Tennis odds

Simona Halep 4/9, Maria Sharapova 7/4 This is Maria Sharapova’s first Grand Slam campaign since coming back from her ban. She has played four tournaments since her comeback but from a decent a run to the quarter finals of Stuttgart on clay, she has produced nothing of note. She has just the one hard court game under belt this season which was a first round win over Jennifer Brady in Stanford which took Sharapova three sets to pull of before withdrawing. But she has a 6-0 head to head record against Halep. The last time that Halep and Sharapova met was in the WTA Finals back in 2015 which, of course, Sharapova won. This will be the first meeting between the two at the US Open and only the second Grand Slam match up after their clash in the final of the 2014 French Open when the Russian had to dig pretty deep in the final set to hold off Halep. What is Sharapova's fitness going to be like? How match sharp is she going to be? There are questions over Halep’s mental strength and we have seen that again this year in losing the French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko and then in the quarter finals of Wimbledon to Jo Konta when Halep just couldn’t close out the second set and couldn’t hold herself together in the decider. Her Australian Open campaign this year ended in a first round loss. But Halep has been the far busier of the two in the build up and is carrying form. Halep lost a semi final duel with Elina Svitolina in Toronto at the Rogers Cup and then immediately turned around and won Cincinnati where she saw off Johanna Konta in the quarter finals before taking down US Open outright favourite Garbine Muguruza in the final itself. So maybe she is just peaking for this hard court challenge and is carrying the form to pull this off. This is a huge match for Halep, because if she gets through this, then just imagine what that will do for her mental fortitude going forward. This is a massive early test but Halep can pull it off. Online betting site Bet365 run a great tennis accumulator bonus where you can earn a bonus of up to 50% on accumulator wins. This offer applies to winnings on pre-match accumulators of 2 or more selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting markets for Singles and Doubles matches from any Grand Slam, ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event, as well as Singles and Doubles matches from the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. The maximum bonus that you can receive is £100,000. Register an account with online betting site Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome offer.
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Bet365 Tennis Acca Bonuses at US Open 2017

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The US Open 2017 will round off the tennis Grand Slam season and the fields for both of the draws could end up being pretty wide open. The men’s draw are missing key names in Novak Djokovic and the reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, while the are fitness concerns over Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic with the latter three all having to pull out of Cincinnati, the final big warm up tournament in the US Open Series. So will Rafael Nadal, who is the only one of the big four to have remained fit all year, storm his way to success or will young Alexander Zverev make a big run to the title having beaten Federer in the final of the Rogers Cup recently?

US Open Winner Odds

Roger Federer 11/8, Rafael Nadal 5/2, Alexander Zverev 7/1, Andy Murray 13/2, Nick Kyrgios 14/1, Marin Cilic 14/1, Grigor Dimitrov 16/1, Dominic Thiem 20/1, Milos Raonic 20/1, Juan Martin del Potro 20/1 The women’s draw is even more wide open with Garbine Muguruza going is as narrow favourite ahead of Karolina Pliskova. Two notable names that are missing from the women's draw are Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka. You have so many evenly matched players at the head of the market, it is a tough call on the women’s side of things. Britain’s Johanna Konta is right in there at a price of 10/11 with ebt365 to win the tournament, with only three players in at a shorter price then her in the market. This really could be a wonderful, fascinating tournament at Flushing Meadows.

Women’s US Open Winner Odds

Garbine Muguruza 9/2, Karolina Pliskova 7/1, Simona Halep 9/1, Johanna Konta 10/1, Elina Svitolina 10/1, Madison Keys 14/1, Maria Sharapova 14/1, Venus Williams 16/1, Angelique Kerber 16/1, Petra Kvitova 20/1, Caroline Wozniacki 20/1, Jelena Ostapenko 20/1, Coco Vandeweghe 20/1.

US Open Promotion

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Roger Federer 6/4 at Bet365 to win the US Open 2017

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Roger Federer has been the stand out star of the men’s tennis season. He has rolled back the years in emphatic fashion in having collected both the Australian Open and the Wimbledon titles this year. It has been a stunning season from him, but at the Cincinnati Open, he had to withdraw because of concerns over his back. His camp has been playing down the back injury ahead of the US Open but he was complaining about his back at the Rogers Cup prior to Cincinnati. Federer ended up losing the Rogers Cup final to Alexander Zverev. So that has thrown a bit of doubt on to his chances at the US Open and even the great legend has admitted that it would be a bit of a ‘joke’ at his age if he won his third Grand Slam of the year. So will his back stand up to the test in New York? He is clearly still hungry and willing to put in the work and is out to win stuff. He will be going into the US Open ranked third behind Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal who is the new world number one. Federer is 11/8 favourite at Bet365 to win the US Open 2017. Federer won the US Open for five consecutive years between 2004 and 2008 inclusive and he has been to two other finals since then as well. The remarkable thing about Federer is that even at this stage of his career, he has developed new weapons. He has a new racquet, his masterful backhand has become more aggressive and he has even developed his new forehand attack which was clearly on display at Wimbledon. Last year’s US Open was the first time since 1998 that Federer hadn’t been in attendance there and because of his injuries, was reportedly considering retirement. Be instead he came back, and that early Slam title in Melbourne this year probably was the big thing that made him stay around. His season probably would have looked a whole lot different if he had not have captured that title. Interest may have waned. Federer managed his season by skipping the entire clay court swing to romp his way to a record 8th Wimbledon title without dropping a set. But he has obviously been busier in his build up to the US Open having played at the Rogers Cup and having been scheduled to turn out at Cincinnati at least. The back injury happened in the final in Montreal at the Rogers Cup but he didn’t call for a trainer but you could see him tighten up. He’s just turned 36 and tweaks and knocks don’t heal as quickly as when you are 26. But what could help Federer if his precautionary withdrawal from Cincinnati actually pays off for him is that at the US Open he can look to other potential injuries for a boost. Stan Wawrinka, the reigning US Open champion has withdrawn from the tournament as well as Novak Djokovic. Andy Murray hasn’t played since limping out of Wimbledon with his hip problem and no-one is sure if he is 100% fit. Juan Martin del Potro, Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic all withdrew from Cincinnati like Federer did because of health issues. So there may be some walking wounded out at the US Open which could level the playing field a bit for Federer if he has to nurse his back through the early stages of the tournament. Regardless, he is simply class, he is an old dog clearly set to learn new tricks in his quest for more Grand Slams (and he’s vowed to defend Wimbledon next season). He is the one with the form this year in the Grand Slams. A kind draw, of course, would help him, but there’s no reason why he can’t get close as long as his back is strong enough.

US Open Winner Odds

Roger Federer 11/8, Rafael Nadal 5/2, Alexander Zverev 7/1, Andy Murray 13/2, Nick Kyrgios 14/1, Marin Cilic 14/1, Grigor Dimitrov 16/1, Dominic Thiem 20/1, Milos Raonic 20/1, Juan Martin del Potro 20/1

US Open Promotion

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US Open 2017 Winner Tennis Betting Odds & Predictions

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The US Open 2017 will be missing one of its biggest stars in the men’s draw as Novak Djokovic won’t be competitive at Flushing Meadows. After his struggles this season he decided to pull himself from the rest of the season because of his elbow injury so the two-time US Open champion won’t be back around this time. Reigning champion Stan Wawrinka isn't in action either because of injury. With Andy Murray not having a particularly good season by his high standards (all because of injuries), he has drifted out to the fourth favourite in the US Open 2017 betting a long way back of outright favourite Roger Federer.

US Open Winner Odds

Roger Federer 11/8, Rafael Nadal 5/2, Alexander Zverev 7/1, Andy Murray 13/2, Nick Kyrgios 14/1, Marin Cilic 14/1, Grigor Dimitrov 16/1, Dominic Thiem 20/1, Milos Raonic 20/1, Juan Martin del Potro 20/1 US Open Men 2017 Infographic

US Open Promotion

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US Open Preview

So once again it is eyes down on the US Open at Flushing Meadows, the fourth and final Grand Slam of the season. Federer has claimed two of the other three Slams played so far this season in what has been a remarkable resurgence to the top and you can’t cite the failings of Djokovic and Murray’s form this season as playing its part in it. Federer has just been running in such hot form that he has been unstoppable. The French Open this year went to legendary clay court specialist Rafael Nadal and it is they who are the strongest contenders going into this. It’s going to be all about the draw and who can avoid Federer really until the final.

Roger Federer

What a tremendous season it has been for Federer. He has rolled back the years in claiming the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year and he has just looked fresh and majestic. He has managed his playing time really well this season and has developed his new forehand weapon which opponents still haven’t figured out. Federer’s last title at the US Open came back in 2009 the last of his five consecutive titles that he earned there between 2004 and 2008 inclusive. He has been to the final twice since then, losing in 2009 to Juan Martin del Potro and to Djokovic back in 2015. He will have the wind in his sails and is going to be so hard to stop. Totally justifiable outright favourite as long as he is fully fit. He withdrew from Cincinnati recently after a back issues picked up in Montreal.

Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard is a two-time winner of the US Open, his last title coming in 2014 when he got the better of Novak Djokovic in the showcase match. Nadal, largely through his injuries and lack of form hasn’t been past the fourth round since his title win in 2013 in New York. His career win percentage at the US Open is behind both his records at the French Open and the Australian Open. But you can look back to the start of the year when he reached the final of the Australian Open on the hard court and take something from that. He will benefit from Djokovic's absence and Murray’s lack of form and he is the new world number one already which will just boost his confidence further.

Alexander Zverev

It seems pretty odd not to be talking about one of the big four as the third favourite for the US Open Grand Slam. But the young German has collected five titles this season on the ATP this season and looks a different beast to what he was back in March. What really will have raised his stock here is his Rogers Cup title victory over Roger Federer recently. That was no mean feat and showed that he has the potential to really mix it up with the big boys. No-one is going to want to run into him in the draw, that’s for sure. He is still young and really doesn’t have a track record in the Slams. He hasn’t been past the second round at Flushing Meadows yet.

Andy Murray

There are question marks over whether or not Murray is actually 100% fit for this one and has drifted in the odds at bet365. It turned out that he wasn’t through his Wimbledon campaign where he limped out in the quarter finals against Sam Querrey. He hasn’t been in action since then at all but does the fact that he is even showing up in New York mean that he is 100% healthy? It really wouldn’t be worth risking himself further just to hopefully make it to the fourth round. The hard courts are his best surface but there are just too many questions over his health.

The Best of the Rest

It has been a bit of a strange build up to the US Open. Not only do you have Murray’s injury concerns, but Roger Federer, Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic all pulled out of Cincinnati because of injury worries. Then throw on top of that the withdrawals of Djokovic and Wawrinka then it makes betting a little more confusing. Of the list of the main challengers outside of the top four going into this one, it would have to be Cilic. He has a decent enough track record in New York, which was the scene of his only Grand Slam success back in 2014. He followed that up with a semi final run in his title defence and this year he reached the final of Wimbledon.

US Open Betting Tips

There could be a whole bunch of walking wounded hobbling through the men’s draw here. Because of that, it has to be Rafa Nadal who gets our nod at 5/2 with bet365. Ironically really he is the only one of the big four who has remained fit and healthy all year and he is back on top of the world for the first time since 2014. That is something that will really give him an extra push at Flushing Meadows and is well worth a punt just in case Federer has an issue after his Cincinnati withdrawal.
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