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The favourites for the US Open

The final Tennis Grand Slam of the season is on the horizon, with the US Open set to take place at Flushing Meadows in New York from 28 August to 10 September. Who will be hoisting aloft the men’s singles trophy in front of 23,000 spectators at the Arthur Ashe Stadium next month is still up for debate, however.

World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz will be out to defend his title and take his personal Slam tally to three after his recent Wimbledon success. But Novak Djokovic will be gunning for redemption following his defeat to the young Spaniard at the All England Lawn Tennis Club last month, while a whole host of others will be looking to throw a spanner in the works and elevate their careers to the next level.

That said, read on as we take a look at the favourites in the US Open tennis betting odds and assess their chances of coming out on top in the final Grand Slam of the year.

Carlos Alcaraz – 11/8

By this stage, Carlos Alcaraz will be no stranger to entering the biggest tournaments of the season as the favourite and he certainly doesn’t crumble under the pressure. He has already won two Grand Slams at just 20 years of age and has a great chance of extending that record to three at Flushing Meadows.

Alcaraz beat Casper Ruud in four sets to win his first Slam here last year, and not to take anything away from the triumph, but there was no Djokovic in New York. The Serbian being in attendance this year is going to make the task of defending his title harder for Alcaraz, though that Wimbledon win could give the Spaniard the edge.

Novak Djokovic – 6/4

The bookmakers can hardly separate Alcaraz and Djokovic in the outright winners’ market, as ‘Nole’ is only narrowly behind the defending champion at 6/4. The 36-year-old perhaps hasn’t had as much success at Flushing Meadows as he would have liked to this point in his career, with just three wins in New York.

The most recent of those was in 2018 when he beat Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets. Djokovic made the final again in 2021 but was beaten 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 by Daniil Medvedev. The Serbian was absent last year as he couldn’t enter the United States due to his vaccination status and he will be keen to make up for lost time.

Daniil Medvedev – 11/2

While Medvedev reached the semi-final of Wimbledon last month, ultimately losing rather tamely to Alcaraz in straight sets, it’s on hard surfaces that he is at his best. His record at the Australian Open and US Open is proof of that, as he’s reached the final Down Under twice — losing to Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in 2021 and 2022 — and a further two finals at Flushing Meadows.

Medvedev also won the ATP Finals on this surface in 2020 at the 02 Arena in London, so he has plenty of form. But his aforementioned victory over Djokovic here two years ago is his only Grand Slam success to date and while he might go far again at this renewal, it seems unlikely that he’s going to challenge either Alcaraz or Djokovic.

Jannik Sinner – 10/1

A player many would consider to be a Grand Slam winner in waiting, while Jannik Sinner’s rise to prominence hasn’t been as successful as Carlos Alcaraz’s, the 21-year-old Italian is still one of the most exciting up-and-coming players in the world of tennis and it does seem only a matter of time before he gets his hands on that first major.

Sinner has displayed a real ability to play on all surfaces, with runs to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, French Open and US Open, while he set a new personal best when reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon. Six of his career titles have come on hard courts though, so that’s worth bearing in mind.

 

 

 




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