US Open 2018 Men’s Singles Top Picks
August 24, 2018
The 2018 US Open will kick off on Monday, August 27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. Even before the tournament starts, sportsbooks have already revealed their top picks for men’s singles.
This year’s favorites are also the US Open 2018 top picks of sports betting sites including Bet365. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are the current “Big Three.” All of them have won major titles this year. Federer won the Australian Open, Nadal the French Open, and Djokovic the Wimbledon.
The “Big Three” will be playing in Flushing Meadows with other big names like Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro who are also among the players with the biggest odds in sportsbooks. Will one of this year’s favorites win the title? Or will there be a surprising triumph?
Last August 19, Djokovic won against Federer in the Cincinnati Masters tournament. This victory boosted Djokovic’s position in the Men’s Tennis Worldwide Rankings from 10th up to the sixth spot.
The Serb also won the US Open twice back in 2011 and 2015. But his record shows that he has lost in the finals more than any of the other top picks. He lost to Federer in 2007, Nadal in 2010 and 2013, Murray in 2012, and Wawrinka in 2016.
On the other hand, Djokovic won his fourth Wimbledon title against Kevin Anderson last July 15. He also played the quarter finals in the French Open, and the finals in the Queen’s Club.
Greg Rusedski, former British number one, thinks that Djokovic will win this year’s US Open as he said:
“You have a big race at the moment for who’s going to end up with the most majors in their career. Federer has 20, Nadal’s got 17, Djokovic has 13, so they all desperately want to win two majors this year. The guy with the most majors in the year, even if they’re not world number one, feels like the best player on the planet. Rafa’s got his form right now, Federer played well in Cincinnati and the crowd really gets behind him, but for some reason I feel like Djokovic has turned a corner, historically on the hard courts he’s right.”
Rudeski mentioned that this year’s US Open will be held at a hardcourt. This can be Djokovic’s advantage as it is his preferred surface. His probable opponents, Nadal and Federer, prefer clay and grass.
Rafael Nadal is the number one seed and the defending champion in the US Open. Last year, he won against Kevin Anderson. Nadal now has three US Open titles after winning the tournament last year, in 2010, and in 2013. Before this year’s US Open, Nadal took some time off to prepare himself physically and mentally. He rested and skipped this year’s Cincinnati Master’s.
When asked why he took a break, Nadal said:
“No other reason than personally taking care of my body and trying to keep as healthy as I feel now.”
Nadal may win this year’s US Open with the preparation he has allotted. Will all his hard work lead to a back-to-back win?
Roger Federer, the number two seed, has always been a fan-favorite even though he said that a 37-year-old should not be a favorite in the US Open.
When asked if he thinks he will win this year, Federer said:
“That’s going to be fun. I’m not the favorite; they are. Rafa and Novak, in my opinion. I’m happy that my level, you know, is there. I just need to figure out my game, get used to different balls… That’s going to be just something I’m going to be working on. I just gotta come up with a lot of energy, and then hopefully I also have a chance after 10 years to do something special again at the Open.”
However, Sean Calvert, renowned tennis bettor, said otherwise:
“He hasn’t won in New York since 2008 and has only made the final twice since then (2009 and 2015). Unless Nadal and Djokovic are drawn in the same half, lose early or are injured, it’s hard to see Federer snapping that winless streak in Flushing.”
Federer’s record with the US Open includes a 5-peat winning streak. He won the Grand Slam back in 2004 up to 2008. It has been 10 years since his fifth US Open title. Will this year be his sixth?
The number four seed, Alexander Zverev, won the Citi Open tournament this year. The German has nine single titles, but he has not reached past the quarter finals at a Grand Slam. He took part in the quarter finals of this year’s French Open, but looked exhausted as he played three straight five-set matches.
With his desire to win in a Grand Slam tournament, he added retired Czech-American tennis player Ivan Lendl to his coaching team. Ivan Lendl joins Zverev’s father and current coach Alexander Zverev Sr., also a former tennis player who played for the Soviet Union in Russia.
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro is the number three seed. He has beaten his top opponent and current number two seed, Federer, a couple of times over the years. Del Potro has won against Federer at the 2012 and 2013 Swiss Indoors, this year’s Indian Wells Masters, and the 2009 US Open.
Del Potro’s victory at the 2009 US Open has been his only win so far in Flushing Meadows. But he broke Federer’s 5-peat winning streak. But shortly after his victory, the Argentine had wrist injuries and operations that slightly affected the way he played over the years. Now, he holds two 2018 titles – the Mexican Open and the Indian Wells Masters.
Federer, after his loss at the Indian Wells Masters over del Potro, said:
“He [del Potro] put himself out there with no double-hander almost, but just happy to slice and still take losses. But he was happy enough playing this way, which I admire a lot. It’s a great story. That’s why I’m also very happy for him.”
These players are only five out of the 32 seeds that can be this year’s US Open champion. The five top picks may have the highest odds to win according to sportsbooks, but only time will tell whether or not one of them will indeed emerge as the champion to be announced on September 9 this year.