US Open 2019: Djokovic Favorite to Retain His Crown
The 2019 US Open takes place in New York City from August 26th through September 8th and all the current US Open odds 2019 suggest reigning champion Novak Djokovic (+110) is going to be unstoppable on the hard courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
- Novak Djokovic is the +110 favorite to win his fourth US Open title
- Serena Williams has won six US Open singles titles and is the +350 favorite this year
- Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are priced at +400 and +600 respectively
- Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka at +700 and +800 are the only other women under +1000
- The men’s and women’s singles champions will win $3,850,000.
Odds to Win US Open: Djokovic Looks Unstoppable
Most elite sportsmen and women begin to lose their grip at the top of their game as they pass into their 30s, but Novak Djokovic is showing no signs of slowing down. If anything, the Serbian is getting better with age.
Currently ranked number one in the world, and by a huge margin of 3,740 points, Djokovic goes into the tournament with the tag of favorite thanks to his +110 odds to win the US Open with Bovada.
You always find Djokovic with short tennis odds because he is such a phenomenal player.
During 2019, Djokovic has won another three titles by winning 38 of his 45 matches, results that have seen him win $9,128,839. Djokovic’s career has seen him win 874 of his 1,057 matches, claim a massive 75 titles and win an astonishing $134,979,120 from the game.
Everything is pointing towards Djokovic adding the $3,850,000 US Open prize that that incredible total.
As is always the case in men’s singles tennis, Djokovic’s main rivals look set to be Rafael Nadal (+400) and Roger Federer (+600). Of that duo, we would bet on Federer, if we are taking Djokovic out of the equation.
This is because 70 of Federer’s 102 career titles have come on hard courts compared to only 20 of Nadal’s 83 titles. Nadal is the master of clay, but not so much on the hard blue playing surfaces.
We correctly predicted a Djokovic-Federer Wimbledon final earlier this year, will it be the same at the US Open?
Serena Williams Favorite Despite “Lowly” 8th Ranking
Serena Williams has +350 US Open tennis odds, making her the clear favorite for the 2019 title. Like her male counterparts, Williams is still a major force in tennis despite now being 37-years-old.
Williams has won the US Open on six occasions, including three in a row between 2012 and 2014. Her last victory in the US Open came in 2014, some five years ago.
Williams loves it at the US Open and her impressive record makes the US Open expert pick. Since 2008, Williams has won four titles, been the runner-up once, and been a semi-finalist three times.
She will take some beating, but she is not unbeatable.
The smart money seems to be going on Naomi Osaka at +500. Osaka is the third-favorite for the women’s single title despite being the number one ranked female player and the fact she won the 2018 US Open.
Osaka has an 11-2 record at the US Open, the only defeats stemming from her Round of 32 exits in 2016 and 2017. She has already won the Australian Open this year and would be our pick of the women because she’s got quite long odds.
If you want a bet outside of Williams and Osaka you could do much worse than putting a wager on Romania’s Simona Halep. The 27-year-old is ranked sixth in the world at present, but she is a much better player than those +800tennis odds suggest.
Halep had a disappointing Australian Open where she finished in the Round of 16, but navigated her way to the quarter-finals of the French Open.
She then won Wimbledon. Halep does seem to prefer other surfaces to hard, yet she reached the semi-finals in Miami (losing to Karolina Pliskova) and again in Toronto (losing to Marie Bouzkova) so she knows her way around a hard court.
Is It Worth Betting on Any 2019 US Open Outsiders?
The answer to this question is it depends. A firm no is the answer if you are talking about the men’s single tournament because one of the “Big Three” is almost guaranteed to win it. They were the Big Four until Andy Murray’s long-term hip problems ruled him out.
If you twisted our arm up our back and forced us to pick a US Open winner without the Big Three, we’d go for Germany’s Alexander Zverev. The 22-year-old has a bright future ahead of him and six of his 11 career titles have come on the hard court. You decide if Zverev’s +1400 odds are good enough to back.
In the women’s game, things are far less cut and dry because anyone can win on their day. We firmly believe Osaka will be there or thereabouts. Aside from the trio of women mentioned, we’d flip a coin and choose from Petra Kvitova (+750) and Ashleigh Barty (+800) but there really is nothing to choose between any of them.
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