iBet: Djokovic Looking Strongest At US Open

Gareth Purnell

US Open Men’s Tennis

Back Novak Djokovic at 6/4 with Betfair Sportsbook

Given how serenely he has been progressing, I expected Djokovic to be favourite for the US Open. But it’s Nadal who heads the market. Admittedly the betting is close, with the Spaniard at 5/4, Djokovic 6/4, and title holder Andy Murray 4/1. The Serb, who is top seeded here, has made no secret of how happy he is with his game right now in his press conferences, and it’s certainly been reflected in his results.

The US Open used to be Federer territory – he won five in a row from 2004 to 2008. Since then it’s become more unpredictable, with the current top three in the betting all winning it once. But Djokovic has the slightly better record, finishing runner-up twice in that period, including last year in an epic five-setter to Murray.

Admittedly Nadal has been brilliant since his comeback and he’s ominously undefeated on hard courts this year. However, Djokovic has looked the more assured here so far. Nadal had to work hard against Kohlschreiber in the fourth round, losing the first set before coming through 3-1. He’s lost 35 games on his way to the quarter finals compared to Djokovic’s 25, and if anything the Serb seems to be finding it easier as he progresses, losing only seven games in the third and fourth rounds combined. Murray obviously has the game to win, as he did last year, but his back is bothering him and he seems slightly off his best game. At 6/4 Djokovic looks the bet. He’s 8/1 with Betfair Sportsbook not to lose a set in the tournament.

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