2018 US Open Men’s Singles Ante-Post Preview And Tip
Published on 21/12/17
The US Open is the last of the four Grand Slams in tennis, and it takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, New York. It is played on hardcourts, like the Australian Open, but the courts aren’t as fast as the ones currently being used in Australia.
The 2018 US Open was reduced as a spectacle by the absence of many of the leading men’s players but, with most of those expected to return this season, and some new blood on the block, it’s time to see if there’s any value in the ante-post market.
2018 US Open Betting Guide
Novak Djokovic 7/2, Roger Federer 5/1, Rafa Nadal 11/2, Andy Murray 7/1, Alexander Zverev 10/1, Juan Martin Del Potro 22/1, Dominic Thiem 25/1, Stan Wawrinka 25/1,
Absent through injury in 2017, he made it to at least the semi-finals in every season between 2007 and 2016. However, despite making it to 7 finals in those 10 years, he has won just two US Open Titles. That alone makes his odds of 7/2 look short, and it remains to be seen whether the Serb returns to his best form after injury and fatherhood.
Had a sparkling 2017, though the 5-time winner couldn’t justify favouritism here as he struggled with a niggling back injury. Hasn’t won a US Open since 2008 and, though he’s the king of comebacks, winning another title here would be one of his best achievements ever.
Added a third US Open Title to his CV in 2017, after wins in 2010 and 2014, and no reason he can’t go close here again if avoiding any reoccurrence of injuries that have plagued him over the last few seasons. His price looks big considering he has won 3 of the last 8 renewals – though no player has defended this title since Federer in 2008.
Reached his first Grand Slam Final here in 2008, and got his hands on the trophy in 2012. Not made any other final though, and Wimbledon may be his number one priority.
I’ll eat my words if he wins – but 10/1 is a ridiculous price for a player who has failed to make it past the second round in three previous visits. He’ll surely progress further this season, but it’s asking a lot for him to win.
Juan Martin Del Potro
Won in 2009, and beat Federer on his way to the semi-finals in 2017 in a tournament lacking lots of the big names. Easily brushed aside by Nadal in the semi-final though, and not sure he’s got what it takes to win another Grand Slam.
Beaten by Del Potro in 5-sets in round-4 last year, which equalled his best previous performances here. Made greater progress on clay in the last two seasons, and his best chance of Grand Slam success may be in the French Open when Nadal retires.
The 2016 Us Open Champion had looked to be trending towards success in this tournament in the preceding years, making the semi-finals twice and the quarter-finals in between. Continues to be overpriced on past successes and his odds are likely to be half of what they are currently if he shows some form before the event.
Del Potro, Wawrinka and Cilic have all won this title in the last 9-years, so there’s a good chance that one of the second-tier players could again come good, if Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Murray don’t play to their very best this season. Therefore, as he won it only two-years ago, the 25/1 for Stan Wawrinka could look very generous nearer the time.
2018 US Open Men’s Single Ante-Post Tip: Stan Wawrinka @ 25/1 (888, Unibet)