Tennis: 2013 U.S. Open Betting Preview

Novak Djokovic has advanced to the finals of the U.S. Open in each of the last three years, winning the event in 2011 and falling to Andy Murray in 2012 and Rafael Nadal in 2010.

Nadal and Murray have seemingly bridged the gap on Djokovic since 2011, but the world’s top-ranked player is still the man to beat at 2/1 to win the U.S. Open at Sportsbook.

Or is he? Nadal has long been considered the “King of Clay”, but he’s taken that dominance to the hard court as well in 2013. Nadal has already collected nine singles titles this year (his highest total since 2005) and is a perfect 15-0 on hard court with three hard court titles. Also going off at 2/1 at Sportsbook, Nadal’s recent form makes him tough to bet against.

Defending U.S. Open champion Murray rounds out the top three at 7/2 at Sportsbook. Murray has also had a strong year on hard court with two singles titles and a runner-up finish in the Australian Open. Murray and Djokovic are set to collide in the semi-finals if both players advance that far.

Also in the running for the U.S. Open crown are Juan Martin Del Potro (11/1 at Sportsbook) and Roger Federer (12/1). Del Potro has two hard court singles titles this season and was the Sportsbook of the U.S. Open back in 2009. Federer is in the midst of a down year, but with five U.S. Open titles to his name he can never be written off.

On the women’s side, everyone is chasing Serena Williams (10/13) and Victoria Azarenka (7/2). The top two women’s tennis players in the world met in the finals in the U.S. Open last year, with Williams narrowly edging out Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 for her fourth U.S. Open title.

Bettors can also bet on the winning combination of men’s and women’s titles at the U.S. Open at Sportsbook. Djokovic and Williams or Nadal and Williams are both going off at 9/2, with Murray and Williams at 15/2. An Azarenka win would pay 11/1 coupled with Djokovic or Nadal, and 20/1 with Murray.

See the US Open men's odds below with the full betting list at Sportsbook . . .

Novak Djokovic 2/1
Rafael Nadal 2/1
Andrew Murray 11/4
Juan Martin Del Potro 10/1
Roger Federer 11/1
Tomas Berdych 33/1
John Isner 50/1
David Ferrer 66/1
Jerzy Janowicz 66/1
Gaël Monfils 80/1
Milos Raonic 80/1
Ernests Gulbis 100/1
Grigor Dimitrov 125/1
Richard Gasquet 125/1
Kei Nishikori 150/1
Tommy Haas 150/1
Stanislas Wawrinka 200/1
Fernando Verdasco 250/1