US Open 2018 Tennis: Men’s Outright Betting Odds

Attention! Actual odds referenced are correct at time of publishing at 8:42 am August 3, 2018 and are subject to change.

It’s been a season when many of the world’s best players have been sidelined due to injury but as the US Open approaches, we seem set to have the strongest field for a Grand Slam event this year.

Novak Djokovic is back and winning majors while Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are also back on the court after layoffs so, in theory, the men’s singles winner should be tough to identify. In 2018, the first three Grand Slams have been shared between the big names – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic – so who are the bookies backing for Flushing Meadow?

Outright Winner Odds

Following that Wimbledon triumph in July, Novak Djokovic is the favourite to claim the US Open singles title and you can pick up the Serb at best odds of 58/19 with 188Bet. The 31 year old endured a long absence from the court but has moved seamlessly back into action and looks to be close to the top of his game.

Novak DjokovicThis isn’t his favourite tournament: Djokovic has only won the US Open twice – in 2011 and 2015 – but he has the form and momentum to make it a third in September.

Behind the favourite, Roger Federer comes next at a top price of 4/1 with Black Type and then it’s Rafael Nadal at a best of 9/2 with William Hill and BetBright. As we mentioned, both men are Grand Slam winners in 2018 but what about their records at Flushing Meadow, particularly keeping in mind that Nadal only tends to perform in certain tournaments and on specific surfaces?

Federer has actually won here five times but the Swiss was dominant over a long period that came to an end with his last US Open victory back in 2008. As for Nadal, the Spaniard claimed yet another French Open win this year and while that is his strongest tournament, the 32 year old has won the US Open on three occasions and he is our defending champion in 2018.

Twelve months ago, Nadal may have taken advantage of the absence of Djokovic and Andy Murray but he came through a strong field and was by no means the favourite to succeed. The return of certain players from injury will make it tough for Nadal to mount a successful defence but we clearly shouldn’t write him off.

Chasing Pack

Andy Murray

We should mention Andy Murray as he is still perceived to be among the ‘Big Four’ of men’s tennis. The Scot has been away from competitive action for over a year but has returned strongly, overcoming new British Number One Kyle Edmund in the recent Washington Open.

Murray is a previous winner of the US Open back in 2012 and while he is some way away from his best, further strong showings in the coming weeks will see his odds come down from their current top price of 12/1 with BetFred and SportingBet.

Also at best odds of 12/1 is Alexander Zverev who can be picked up at that figure with BetFred and Boylesports while Juan Martin Del Potro is also available at 12/1 with SportingBet and 188Bet. It’s a tight chasing pack before we move out to Milos Raonic, at best odds of 22/1 with BetBright and 188Bet and Nick Kyrgios at a top price of 25/1 with Unibet.

We’re moving into more unlikely territory now but could we see the first real upset in the world of tennis for some years?

Outside Options

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson reached the final of Wimbledon this year after some epic contests along the way but he’s very much an outsider for success in the US Open at best odds of 50/1 with MarathonBet and Coral. John Isner, who Anderson beat in that record breaking test of endurance in the Wimbledon quarters, is further back at a top price of 80/1 with 188Bet.

Also in the realms of outsider territory are Grigor Dimitrov at a best of 40/1 with Boylesports and Kei Nishikori who is shorter at 33/1 with 188Bet. All of these men are capable of some upsets in early rounds but do they really have what it takes to become 2018 US Open Champion?

Verdict

As the 2018 tournament draws closer, markets will open for individual matches and punters can get involved with all the usual betting options that go alongside them. Individual result, handicaps, correct scores and many more will be published in the days leading up to the US Open but for now, it’s all about picking a winner.

Firstly, we’re not expecting an upset and while certain players are reaching the ends of their careers, it could be some time before the top ranked names cease to dominate men’s tennis. The likes of Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev may have their time but it’s likely they’ll have to wait until Federer, Djokovic and Nadal retire.

We’re also discarding Andy Murray and while the Scot is a three-time Grand Slam winner, injuries have plagued him for some time and we feel that the latest setback is just around the corner.

Rafael Nadal is our defending champion but in a stronger field for 2018 we don’t expect a successful defence. Novak Djokovic is the man to beat but while he’s an obvious pick, it’s been a long road back and he doesn’t have a great record here. All of that means that Roger Federer, the most consistent player of the last two years can take advantage and as the 4/1 second favourite, the Swiss is nicely priced.

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