Tennis: 2010 U.S. Open Betting Preview
The quarterfinal matchups are almost set for the 2010 U.S. Open and, like many expected, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are on course for another collision in the men's final. On the women's side, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki is in the hunt along with No. 2 Kim Clijsters and No. 3 Venus Williams.
Here's a look at the updated odds and where the value lies with each of these favorites: Men's draw Roger Federer (+150 at Bovada) The five-time U.S. Open winner takes on fifth-ranked Robin Soderling in Wednesday's quarterfinal action. Sportsbooks have priced Federer as a -450 favorite to defeat the Swedish rival, setting Soderling as a +300 underdog. There is value in Soderling, after he defeated Federer 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 5-7 in the quarterfinals of the French Open this spring. Soderling has rolled through the opening rounds of this year's tournament but hit the wall in last year's U.S. Open quarterfinal, losing to none other than Federer.
Rafael Nadal (+175 at Bovada) Heading into Tuesday's action, Nadal was priced behind Federer with his fourth-round meeting with No. 23 Feliciano Lopez still pending. Nadal entered that match priced at -3,300, while Lopez was a monster dog at +1,000. After Lopez, Nadal would face Fernando Verdasco – who he knocked off in the finals at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in the previous week.
Women's draw Caroline Wozniacki (+150 at Bovada) Wozniacki is quickly becoming tennis' new “It Girl”. The Danish player took down Maria Sharapova, in a changing of the guard-type match, defeating the Russian 6-3, 6-4 to set up her quarterfinal showdown with unseeded Dominika Cibulkova. Wozniacki is listed as a -1,400 favorite for that match and will face either Vera Zvonareva or Kaia Kanepi in the semis. Kim Clijsters (+187 at Bovada) The defending U.S. Open champion was a -750 favorite when she defeated Sam Stosur in the women's quarterfinal on Tuesday night. Clijsters has been unstoppable at Flushing Meadows but could run into Venus Williams, who is listed at +600 to win the U.S. Open. The Belgian native defeated the American 6-2, 6-1 at the Sony Ericsson Open, giving her the mental edge when it comes to their potential semifinal showdown.